Thursday, June 6, 2013

Repeal of Monsanto Protection Act Blocked From a Vote

Activist Post

Two senators took to the floor Thursday to oppose the Monsanto Protection Act rider to the farm bill. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced an amendment to the farm bill that would repeal the provision. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) blocked the vote on the amendment and the Senate voted to end the debate on the Monsanto Protection Act.



Even though the Senate voted to end the debate, Stabenow's declaration to oppose Monsanto Protection Act extension without full debate is significant.

Huffington Post notes:
When two senators have a pre-arranged public conversation on the Senate floor, it's known as a colloquy and is typically the bow that ties up a deal struck beforehand. While Merkley was unable to get a repeal vote, the colloquy is a significant win for him, with Stabenow promising she will oppose any attempt to extend the Monsanto Protection Act in backroom negotiations.
Late night on March 26th, President Obama signed HR 933 into law with biotech rider Sec. 735 - dubbed the Monsanto Protection Act - still contained.


Simply put, the rider hidden in the text of the Farmer Assurance Provision - and has nothing to do with Continuing Resolution spending (HR 933) - protects Monsanto from the court system should they want to halt illegally planted or hazardous genetically modified crops. The USDA already gives biotech companies like Monsanto the thumbs up for the most part, trusting Monsanto's own safety evaluations. Now the court system cannot intervene, which could prove detrimental to farmers who are sued by Monsanto for patent infringement when their GM seeds contaminate those farmers' fields. Stabenow and Merkley were trying to change that with a repeal.

As you can see in the video above, it could be detrimental to human health and the environment to release more GM crops, untested and unheeded. With Asian countries rejecting our exports over safety fears, it poses more detriment to farmers and the economy. The debate above desires more transparency and debate and begs that the rider not be active after the appropriations expiration in September.

The rider was passed despite efforts of phone calls, emails, and forms asking for veto made by over a quarter-million concerned Americans given very little time to do so before the "must-pass" spending bill slipped through the House and Senate. That number comes just from Food Democracy Now!'s alert alone. That does not include the many contacts made by people who read alerts from many other websites and organizations. Merkley mentions getting over 2200 calls.

We wanted to show that there are Senators working hard to have open transparent debate for new laws and those that care about the farmers they represent. So it is still a form of activism to let your voice be heard either in disagreement to legislation or encouragement so that they know their work is not in vain. People are rising - the recent massive March Against Monsanto which spanned all walks of life and beliefs shows a tipping point.

Additionally, Madison Ruppert writes:
Surprisingly, Monsanto has had one recent setback. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that they ordered additional environmental impact statements for Monsanto’s new herbicide-resistant crops.
On the other hand, Monsanto and DuPont's profits continue to grow even with the masses waking up to sneaky biotech protection and clogging Congress' phone lines and emails. They continue to sue farmers for their mistakes. With corruption and collusion so deep where corporate giants don't just influence the government but have become the government - it's up to each person to decide what form of empowering activism to live. That could be growing your own, choosing local organic, joining a co-op, refusing to feed the beast and reaching out to farmers, friends, and family until critical mass is reached.

Also See:
Monsanto Protection Act Signed Into Law
The Real Story Behind the 'Monsanto Protection Act'

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has anyone read article w very pink thumbnail about AMA waanting to force people into clinical trials or something to that effect? Went to subscribe, came back and noiw its gone, can't fins it!!!

Anonymous said...

It does seem apparent that the brains of the congress and senate have become infected with stupid. This has become pandemic and I have observed this issue watching FOX news .One day soon we will be dragging the children and adults around with the drool running from their open mouths. Our Great Country Is DOOMED !!!

Anonymous said...

Roy Blunt wrote or introduced this amendment. He also has received considerable contributions from Monsanto. The whole family is involved. His wife is a lobbyist for the agriculture industry as is his son. No wonder he blocked the vote. No conflict of interest in the Blunt family, eh? Guess it's time to hit him hard with emails and phone calls.

Hide Behind said...

OK for The Ex. State and now Mormon Empire of UTAH Hello mega cluster flipps.
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Now that any, and I do mean any organized protest movement against any person place or thing can be immediately know by person places and things why pretend thpeople in either houses of congress are worthy of any attention.
Huffy post or Hussys post makes no diff just a mutual appreciation Beltway Gossip strip with lies and charades at gov bidding.
You must lone wolf get the list and deny even syrangers the ability to npt know how bad Monsanyo and remember the names of the sluts and whores who are on the Corps payrolls.
If you still dare, just do b
not use telecommunications. just word of mouth to vertain friends confront the srnators in person and yell loud enough othets will hear you.
grow a set and stop letting these progressives cow you into inactivity.

Anonymous said...

Obviously the news that the Monsanto test plots have infiltrated and "hybridized farmers non GMO lands all over 16 states was known, and they wanted to cover their backsides in advance of this news. THAT WAS CRIMINAL , AS NOW THE FARMERS ARE PREVENTED FROM SUING MONSANTO, BUT THAT'S OKAY; MONSANTO PAYS OFF THE POLITICIANS HANDSOMELY !

Hide Behind said...

Does anyone realize that there are humans with individual names who Hide Behind the Monsanto Corporate and Government offices names and those fn doors at offices and factory open both ways.
Under DHS it is illegal to interfere on a firms Legal Operations on site orin transport but once thay person leaves the jobsite they are no more yhan you or I, except they sre killing you and I
There is a slight difference.
The same that goes for gov workers or dept heads, THE DEPT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN ITS PAYROLL BOOKS ARE NOT EITHER.
THIS GOES FRPM LOWEST PAID WORKER TO PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES.
They al have names and no matter military or welfare sluts they are all just cotizens of yhis land not fn concrete blocks or DIETY PROTECTED.
Until it is put back to personal responsability you can never have a true whistle blower program for theability to shift it into some mythical entity, Monsanto is not evil it is just a fn name to hide behind.
Just as the Office of US Presidency has become a fn blanket to deflect criticism of massive fraud in our Governmental systemTHE GOV DID THIS OR THAT, NO THE BASTARD IN WHITE HOUSE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT COUNTRY, HE AND HIS CRONIES DID IT.

Anonymous said...

I think all level of government legislatures and it's people are knowingly and intentionally destroying the lives of the American people in tyrannical ways because they believe they are immune to any backlash by the people. So far they are right. So in my way of thinking, the American people deserve what's coming to them. Sorry to be so harsh about it, but the responsibility in the end is with the people. As long as people keep buying into the game(like voting and stuff) they will continue to get what they deserve, at some point and I think it's too late now, they should have stopped it. But like I said it's way too late now. America is finished. Time to start taking responsibility and apologize to your kids and their kids and inform them in no uncertain terms YOU failed them, and YOU failed America because YOU were too stupid and cowardly to do anything about it. I think that's the only option now, accept responsibility for YOUR failures. Thanks for playing, see you on the other side.

Anonymous said...

There's only gonna be ONE WAY to get rid of Monsanto and it won't be thru 'legislation' and the paid whores in Congress.

Anonymous said...

Both the Senate and Congress are very adept at setting up situations like this where a few appear to want to do the right thing but it gets voted down. I guess they feel Blunt is safe from his republican supporters. It does not mean that the other two are good guys now.

Anonymous said...

Lets face it, the entire American Population is 'Round-Up ready' at this point. Just a matter of time before that velvet glove comes all the way off.

brad said...

Glad to see another realizes that all corporations are run by rich people. The major shareholders, officers & mgmt are all human beings. THEY make the decisions to damage others for their profits. This is psychopathic.
These self annointed, false "elites" are truly stupid fools who have paid for the propaganda machines to present them as having a "more valid" viewpoint, or "more intelligence".
How fn STUPID must one be to make decisions that literally have caused EVERY planetary system which supports life in danger? They shyt all over our house and think nobody knows that they are causing the smell and the danger of poisons! How fn idiotic these fools are!
Dangerous, but STUPID.
As another anonymous stated - they will not change until Darwin's right foot decides to keep the evolution process going before these morons can take out the whole planet - because GMOs have a better chance of destroying all life on the planet more thoroughly than if we lit off all the nukes at once.

brad said...

Just put a pile of separate comments on senator blunt's facebook page with articles against roundup and monsanto, and GMOs.
https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt
GIVE HIM HELL

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