Resistance is Futile; Here Comes the “Monsanto Protection Act”

March 22, 2013

Sometimes I can’t help but wonder; why do we even bother talking about GMO’s, organize events like the Right to Know month, report on Monsanto’s setbacks in other countries, or promote efforts here to require the labeling of GMO’s? When it’s obvious that the opposing interests don’t operate by the same set of rules as we do… they simply make up new rules as they go along!

Consider for example the innocently sounding “Farmers Assurance Provision,” Section 735 of H.R. 933; AKA the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which was quietly inserted into a spending bill that Congress just passed. Food Democracy Now characterizes the new legislative rider as:

…a major blow against America’s constitution, citizens, farmers and the environment that undermines our basic democratic rights in favor of continued corporate welfare and failed oversight of GMO crops.

Even if their new GMO crops are ultimately proven to be harmful to human health or the environment, Section 735 allows them to be planted the minute the USDA approves them!

According to legal experts, this provision would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review and is a dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards needed to protect America’s farmers, citizens and the environment from the wanton approval of Monsanto’s new GMO crops.

In reading the provision it appears the legislation will permit approved GMO crops to be maintained regardless if they are subsequently found to be hazardous, and that the federal court system would then be powerless to step in and enforce any type of legal restrictions. It’s seems ridiculous that anyone would draft such legislation that doesn’t have the citizen’s interests or well-being in mind!

It’s obvious that there is public concern over the safety of GMO’s in the food supply, and it is also clear that the biotech industry’s goal is to insure that they are free to develop and implement their products no matter what. The Monsanto Protection Act and the way that it has been introduced and passed is a perfect example of what we are up against in the battle to hold the GMO industry accountable, and why it is so difficult to trust the parties involved.

Here are a few links if you would like to read more about what is going on with this new provision:

I’m still trying to sort through this issue, but sometimes it really does feel like “resistance is futile” in the face of this mad dash to change the basic make-up of the foods that we eat. I guess we can yield to the powers that exist, or we can continue to speak out to anyone who can hear and understand the significance… maybe even the people who are making these particular rules will listen if we speak up quickly: Food Democracy Now message to Congress, Senate, and the President.





Other Related Vegetable Gardening Posts:

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

sasha March 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

Ugh. Monsanto. Ugh. I just don’t know what more to say. Government is foul.

Joanna @way2gomom March 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Maybe the people who passed the bill should have to eat only the GMO foods, that might make a difference in how they feel about the safety of it.

Barbee March 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I know exactly what you mean-it can be discouraging but we must never give up!
Congress is corrupt. & We keep electing them over and over again-they spend their entire lives s&r#wing us! We are all fools…we allow this.
Why is it that the quickest way to become a millionare in the US is to get elected to Congress?
Right now I’m really mad-the “House of the People” is closed to “the people” as our lord and masters gladly pass out millions and billions to the Egyptians and Palestinians? Face it. They don’t care about the American people-No, I don’t think they like us at all.
Vote! Always-Vote! Vote for the future! For your children, your grandchildren, but for heavens sake: Vote with your head not your heart.
(Remember: The really handsome candidate is too busy admiring themself in the mirror to give a darn about YOU! LOL)

Don April 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My wish is all the Monsanto bashers would take an hour out of their lives & watch this video or read this page, but I am not holding my breath. It seems it easier to just blindly join an anti GMO band wagon than it is to gather ALL the facts and make an informed decision.

This one line says it all, an indisputable fact!

“over a decade and a half with three trillion GM meals eaten there has never been a single substantiated case of harm.”

http://www.marklynas.org/2013/01/lecture-to-oxford-farming-conference-3-january-2013/

Kenny Point April 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

Hello Don, thanks for the comment and the link, I am always open to taking an objective look at the other sides of an issue. I read the article that you linked to but noticed many assumptions and errors. A huge question mark for me is the thought that GMO’s are truely more productive or that they are necessary in order to feed the world’s growing population. There are also legitimate concerns surrounding the safety, sustainability, and productivity of GMO’s in the food supply.

Your one-liner says a lot but not in terms of the safety of GM foods… who ate the quoted three trillion GM meals over a decade and a half, did they know that they were consuming them, and how long might it take before any damages appeared? One could smoke every day over a decade and a half and not be able to substantiate any harm. How could anyone prove harm from something that they can’t even document that they are consuming?

If you want to make the argument that there is no proof of harm from consuming GMO’s then you can’t ignore the counter argument that no one has provided proof that GMO’s cannot cause any harm! The FDA made the decision long ago that no such testing or proof would be required for GM foods.

Many of the people you label as “Monsanto bashers” want nothing more than the freedom of choice to decide for themselves what foods they consume. Industry efforts to block the labeling of GMO’s means that we will continue to be forced to participate in that experiment of the three trillion GM meals you cited that have been consumed unknowingly.

Here are a few links to some experiences of what is being accomplished to feed and provide a livelihood for people without creating a dependence on GMO seeds, chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and a recent NY Times article related to GMO’s:

http://www.lotusfoods.com/SRI/AboutSRI.aspx
http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/interview-pak-enceng
http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/susagri/susagri085.htm
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/why-do-g-m-o-s-need-protection/

One farmer in the articles who made the switch from conventional farming techniques to sustainable practices sums it up as follows; “For me this is ‘Merdeka’, the Indonesian term for ‘Freedom’. I get a fair yield and I have become more independent because I do not need to buy seeds, chemical fertilizers or pesticides anymore. My trust in Nature is my motivation.”

terri May 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Very nice article on gmo seeds. But we are very much against Monsanto seeds thank you for posting this great information.

suzanne brown August 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

how can gmo and ge food feed the world if most countries will not allow it in their country

Don August 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

@Suzanne Brown – I think you’ll find that most countries do support them, & even the the ones that currently don’t, I’ll wager, will in time. Australia is a good example, they remained aloof until they saw themselves sliding backwards in terms of production, & allowed them in a couple of years ago.

Even some of the die hard European countries are taking a second look right now.

I predict we’ll have a GMO wheat in time, & it won’t be bought to market by Monsanto – it’ll be done by a global effort of the wheat Growers themselves. Wheat (currently non GMO) production increase in the last 15 years is about 11%, Soy, Canola, Corn (all GMO’s) about 35%!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: