Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ written by Monsanto-sponsored senator
President Obama has just signed a bill into law that was part-written by the same billion-dollar corporation that will directly benefit from the legislation.
Pres. Obama signed his name to H.R. 933 on Tuesday. The bill is a continued resolution spending bill only approved in Congress days earlier.
78 pages deep within the bill, buried under terminology and enough jargon to become nonsensical, exists a provision that specifically and wholly protects biotech corporations such as the Monsanto Company from any form of litigation.
With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers.
Although the green light of approval was given by both the House and Senate, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on, an item that has since been widely referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
IB Times’ Connor Sheets writes:
But Obama ignored the petition instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.
You can learn about the bill a little more thoroughly with James Brumley, a reporter for Investor Place. He explains just how dangerous the rider is now that biotech companies are allowed to bypass judicial scrutiny.
Up until it was signed, he writes,
The USDA [US Department of Agriculture] oversaw and approved (or denied) the testing of genetically modified seeds, while the federal courts retained the authority to halt the testing or sale of these plants if it felt that public health was being jeopardized. With HR 933 now a law, however, the court system no longer has the right to step in and protect the consumer.
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