Stop Monsanto's Sneak Attack!
we reported last week, a controversial rider has been attached to the
U.S. House of Representative's 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill that
would make it impossible for organic and non-GMO consumers and farmers
to fight Monsanto in court (as we did on GMO alfalfa and sugar beets)
when the US Department of Agriculture illegally approves new genetically
engineered crops that could, as the courts have ruled, eliminate "a
farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a
consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food."
Who's Monsanto's Best Friend in Congress?
Tom Philpott reported this week in Mother Jones that Jack Kingston (R-GA) is the Congressman responsible for inserting this "pro-industry provision that that has nothing to do with agriculture appropriations."
Kingston had already established himself as a friend of the industry. In April, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include ag-biotech giants Monsanto and DuPont, named him its "legislator of the year for 2011-2012." BIO declared Kingston a "champion of America's biotechnology industry" who has "helped to protect funding for programs essential to the survival of biotechnology companies across the United States."
Are there any Members of Congress tough enough to stand up to Monsanto?
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will sponsor an amendment to the ag appropriations bill that would nullify Kingston's Monsanto-friendly provision.
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