Food Safety Action: Don’t Let Agribusinesses Write Their Own Rules
19 Sep, 2012
Tell Congress to Dump the Biotech Riders for Good!
This week the Senate will pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the next six months. Thanks to people like you, the CR that passed out of the House last week does not have the controversial “Monsanto rider” or any policy riders in it. However, a suite of dangerous biotech riders remain in the House Farm Bill. With only a few days left for Congress to possibly resolve the Farm Bill before it leaves town to resume the election season, it’s time to tell Congress to dump the biotech riders for good!
As you will remember, the Senate passed its Farm Bill (which does not contain the biotech riders) in June. The House’s version of the bill was passed by the House Agriculture Committee but never brought to a vote on the floor because the House Republicans did not have the votes to pass it. The current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30th and to make matters worse this is likely the last week that Congress will be in town until the elections. With the deadline to pass a Farm Bill looming, the fate of the biotech riders could be decided during secretive “closed door” negotiations this week between a handful of Representatives and Senators who will try to strike a deal on a possible 3-month Farm Bill extension while the rest of Congress waits.
Together, these industry-promoting “riders” in the House seek to erode USDA oversight of GE crops, gut USDA analysis requirements, create a forced backdoor approval of “Agent Orange” corn and other GE crops and to compel a first-ever policy for allowable levels of transgenic contamination in America’s crops and food supply. If passed, these riders would undermine the few laws that are currently in place to protect farmers’ rights, our health and our environment from the many adverse impacts of GE crops.