Tell Your Representatives to Dump the Monsanto Protection Rider
10 Sep, 2013
Last March the biotech industry quietly inserted a dangerous policy rider into the Continuing Resolution (CR) spending bill which funds the government until the end of this month. This week Congress will begin considering a new 3-month spending bill to fund the government until mid-December, and we’ve heard that the biotech rider—dubbed the “Monsanto protection act” may be included in this CR. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, the Monsanto-driven rider remains simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.
The rider is intended to force USDA to allow GE crops to be planted even if a Federal court rules that USDA hadn’t adequately considered the environmental or economic risks to farmers. This would negate any meaningful judicial review of USDA’s decisions to allow commercialization of GE crops. If a GE crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years in our cases) this provision could override any court-mandated caution and could instead allow continued planting
Further, it forces USDA to approve permits for such continued planting immediately, putting industry completely in charge by allowing for a “back door approval” mechanism.
This rider did not come out of thin air: it is a direct attack on the successful cases Center for Food Safety has fought and won on behalf of our members and farmers that have forced our government agencies to take the hard look at the risks of GE crop approvals that the law requires.
As if all of that weren’t enough, this provision is totally unnecessary. This rider would be better titled the “Monsanto protection act” since no farmer has ever had his or her crops destroyed. Every court to decide these issues has carefully weighed the interests of farmers, as is already required by law.
Click here to tell your members of Congress to demand that House and Senate appropriations exclude this dangerous rider from the upcoming spending bill, or use our Congress Lookup tool below to contact your representatives directly.