URGENT: Don’t Let the Biotech Industry Sneak This In!

June 18, 2012
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gmoCongress is considering a sneaky, pro-GMO rider to a funding bill, and it may become law without anyone realizing it—unless you take action NOW!

The biotech industry has managed to insert a dangerous rider in support of genetically engineered crops into the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. It is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19, so we need you all to contact the committee immediately and voice your opposition! This is why we are taking the extraordinary step of sending out this newsletter a day early, to give you time to send in your message right away.

The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops while USDA is assessing those potential hazards. In other words, even if a court said to halt the sale and planting of the genetically engineered crop until a USDA environmental impact statement was completed, the crop planting could still go forward!

Further, the provision would compel USDA to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request, even if USDA finds that the crop poses previously unrecognized risks. That’s right—the provision specifically mandates that the Secretary of Agriculture shall, upon request by a farm operator or producer, immediately grant a temporary permit authorizing the crops to continue being planted or cultivated, even if a court has called a halt until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. They’re calling it the Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 733), but far from safeguarding farmers, the only parties whose interests are “assured” by this rider are those of GE crop developers.

This rider is almost certainly a response to the recent federal court interventions we’ve been telling you about, preventing the sale, distribution, or cultivation of non-regulated GE sugarbeets and GE alfalfa while full environmental evaluations are being done.

Environmental Impact Statements take years to complete and are an important method to slow—and perhaps even prevent—the planting of these dangerous crops. The provision is terrible for many reasons:

  • This is an appropriations bill, and this rider has nothing to do with appropriations. This is an attempt to sneak an unrelated provision into a must-pass bill in the hope that it won’t be noticed. While we believe the entire provision is a dangerous one, at minimum it should have been presented in a bill of its own, to give it the full public exposure such a controversial subject deserves. We suspect the reason it wasn’t done this way is because it could never pass on its own—and they know that!
  • The provision circumvents the judicial process. In several recent lawsuits, federal courts have ruled for farmers, businesses, and public interest plaintiffs, finding that USDA had violated federal law by failing to adequately consider the potential harms of GE crops it had approved. This rider is specifically intended to prohibit courts from imposing such reasonable restrictions in the event of similar cases in the future, undermining judicial authority in the interests of maximizing biotech industry seed sales. This outlandish provision would prevent a court from putting in place court-ordered restrictions, even if the approval were fraudulent or involved bribery. Congress should be supportive of an independent judiciary that is able to evaluate issues that affect the public and put the legal brakes on fraud and abuse.
  • It could cause substantial harm to farmers—not to mention the agricultural economy. The provision would allow non-GE crops to be contaminated by neighboring GE crops, without proper environmental studies being performed. Seeds, crops, and foods that are contaminated with GE material cannot be sold in many international markets. Agricultural commodities contaminated by GE crops that have not been approved for commercial use in the US are particularly shunned.

The USDA already rubber stamps the approval and deregulation of GE crops. This rider, by law, provides USDA with even greater authority to continue to do so, no matter what the courts say.

The Ag Appropriations bill will be heard in the full committee tomorrow morning (Tuesday), and we hope that your messages will be enough to make them strike this dangerous provision from the bill. After the committee hearing tomorrow, the next step is for the bill to go to the floor, where we will have another opportunity to stop them, if necessary—but it would be much harder then!

Please contact the members of the House Appropriations Committee and oppose the rider TODAY—there’s not a moment to lose!

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85 Responses to “URGENT: Don’t Let the Biotech Industry Sneak This In!”

  1. John Runyan says:

    Of course the FDA and congress will poison us if the price is right. 9 percent approval rate for congress, these supposed elected officials have put the law up for sale and guess what, monsanto has the money to buy the vote. If there is a shred of dignity, a shred of integrity, a hint of honor left in congress they will not let this pass, however dignity, integrity, and honor don’t pay millions in lobby money. It is a broken system, if we don’t change the system, we will be doing this every few weeks when a eugenics mega corporation(monsanto) lobbies to send in the poison right through the back door.

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  2. Sherry Laws says:

    It is amazing to me how much emphasis has been put on foreign marine life drifting over with the debris from Japan and how harmful these unnative species are to our environment, but yet our government will poison our crops as they have many other foods already. I am a 4 time cancer survivor who has to watch everything I eat because of added hormones, tec. Half the time, I do not believe the labels and many are not even marked.

    Our government is out of control!

       7 likes

  3. dodie Humphrey says:

    why would anyone want to plant something that is poison to humans and that he also has to eat too? if it’s bad for human consumption why are they allowed to plant such a dangerous (I hate to call this food because it isn’t food) plant to consume as food. Are the farmers anad Monsanto people eating this food? too? or do they have GMO free gardens?

       11 likes

    • Judy says:

      google Agenda 21

         1 likes

    • April says:

      No, they are not eating this crap. It has been shown that in the seed bank Monsanto has zero GMO seeds stored. It is all a plan to kill off the majority of those on earth as part of the New World Order. Yes, I admit I at first thought this sounded a little too crazy but when you really start studying and piecing it all together it is just part of a bigger plan.

         6 likes

    • Dionne says:

      I’ve often wondered that myself, Dodie. Do they partake in their own poison??? I think not, if you ask me. It’s a sick crime and if it were a bunch of backyard punks doing this, they would certainly be arrested but because these are the agricultural giants of the world, the USDA and FDA turn the other cheek. They also feed the already overly fat wallets of the medical institutions and it’s they evilest scheme of greed ever played at risk of planet Earth and its sentients. These demons must be stopped!

         2 likes

    • Sara says:

      No, they aren’t eating it. They eat USDA Certified Organic only. Check out info on http://prepperbroadcasting.com/ there are older broadcasts you can listen to with information on this.

         0 likes

    • michele peel says:

      Actually, I’ve read that GMO foods are not allowed at Monsanto headquarters. The more you know about GMO food this less inclined you are to eat it! Why would Monsanto corrupt the food supply, money and power. GMO crops give them control of the world food supply.

         2 likes

  4. natasha zapata says:

    i oppose the rider to FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. No Monsanto food. It is harmful to all of us. We have the right to know what is in our food. No contamination. Stop this rider!

       10 likes

  5. Judy Ruzicka says:

    We have too much government intervention and not enough freedom of information for foods, drugs, supplements. Lets keep our country free from dictatorshhip.

       9 likes

    • Too late, people should have started “screaming” foul, along time ago!!

         2 likes

    • Vaso says:

      No actually we don’t have enough government intervention and too much intervention from these giant global corporations, Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto just to name a few.

         0 likes

  6. It is hard to believe that our own Government takes such a laxidasial approach to such an important topic. I am really concerned about the ethical and moral disregard for the heath and well being for the citizens of the U.S. It seems that with the stand that other countries have taken on the GMO subject that our regulators would naturally want this reviewed. Unless there are underlying circumstances that would justify there turning a Blind Eye on their responsibility to do the right thing ( The Job they were elected to do )

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  7. Mouna Wilson says:

    Please don’t take away our choices about what we eat. We are not put here as vehicles for
    exploitation. Please do not let this rider pass.

    Respectfully,
    Mouna Wilson

       6 likes

  8. Amy Campbell says:

    Do not allow this rider!! We demand stricter regulation of the foods we consume!

       5 likes

  9. robert parker says:

    Enough is enough!!! You scumbags in congress would sell your own mother down the river for these industries. You don’t care about the health of the people you swore to serve You should all rot in hell!!

       6 likes

  10. Jess Jacobs says:

    Since we the people are purchasing and eating.. with trust.. the crops and food goods that we do, we have every single human right to know what labs and scientists are doing behind the scenes to the things we eat. Granted, most of us has chosen the road of growing our own organic fruit and vegetable crops.. because of the conglomerate-GMO push..If its such a good thing.. which it ISNT.. to genetically modify natural, organic structure.. then why are people, yes us! against it.. You wouldnt be hiding it from us.. We dont like it.. Keep nature pure.. Love, Jess J.

       4 likes

  11. Priscilla Newcomb says:

    Please protect the American public and keep out food supply safe and pure. It is time to get the chemical industry out of our food and out of our bodies.

       6 likes

  12. Robert Wielgus says:

    STOP> I OPPOSE THE RIDER!

       3 likes

  13. coalmine canary says:

    To strip the judiciary of its power as a check and balance against run-away government power, is an act of dictatorship.

       4 likes

    • Delilah Phoenix says:

      Thank you Coalmine Canary for bringing up such an important truth. Dictators have always had big money industry put them into power. Monsanto and other bio-ag groups that want to monopolize all seeds and control food have no good intention other than self serving profits and self aggrandizing power. There are dozens of Monsanto alumni that have or do hold government positions. If this is not a conflict of interest I don’t what is. Here are a few names of well know politicians that have represented or worked for Monsanto; David Beier, William Conlon, Sam Skinner, Robert Fraley, Michael Friedman, John L. Henshaw, Rob Horsch, Gwenda King, R. Mahoney, Margaret Miller, Anne Veneman, Mark Watson, Waxman, Virginia Weldon, Rufus Yerxa, Toby Moffett, Dennis DeConcini, Josh King, Lidia Walrud, Roger Beachy and of course not to be forgotten, Hillary Clinton. Oh these are just a few. Folks, congress, the senate, the high court, the president…. not one of these people give a crap if you eat toxic food or not.Obviously. We have been doing it for years in spite of our protests to GMO. Its all about power, control and money. It is not about democracy. There is no democracy in this issue and can not be when there is this kind of corruption in Washington. If you want to truly make a difference, you must withhold what is important to these people. Your vote and your money. Every dollar you spend with a company or organization that supports or sells GMO foods in any way, supports Monsanto and the corrupt group of politicians that have sold the health of the citizens of the United States of America down the river. These vampires have no concern if we are dying in record numbers from legal toxic foods or bad FDA approved drugs. They will keep bleeding us and sucking the life blood from us as long as we continue to let them. Know where your money is going. Know who you are supporting. Money is their life blood, we must stop feeding them if we are to make a change that matters! No country would make saving seeds from food a crime. Yes, check that one out. Rachel Carson was called an alarmist in her day. Now she is a hero. She saw the path we were on and bravely and boldly spoke out and committed her life to standing against the chemical giants that have poisoned our planet way back in the 1950’s before she died of cancer. This has been going on for a long time. Please stand up, please don’t be complacent! Your life and your children’s life depend…

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  14. Dewey V. Schorre says:

    Always label GMO. Consumers have a right to know.

       5 likes

  15. Neda Koopman says:

    It makes no sense to allow genetic alteration of seeds until safety testing has been completed. neither food nor medicine can be sold until safety is proved. why should seeds be anydifferent. do not pass this rider.

       3 likes

  16. This “rider” is anti-economic, unethical to the max, and out of context for the bill. I get that much “legislation” is sneaked in in this mannter, as few even read the bills before them. But I had to register again with you that there is no future in GMO. NO FUTURE – IS THAT YOUR PLAN????

       3 likes

  17. Theresa Neill says:

    This is outright deception and should not be allowed!

       3 likes

  18. Marion gura says:

    I strongly oppose the rider

       3 likes

  19. Diane Carr says:

    I am opposed to this.

       2 likes

  20. Rene Tippett says:

    Please stop this bill.

       2 likes

  21. Rene Tippett says:

    I say STOP THIS BILL!

       2 likes

  22. Boris D says:

    Oh, my God!

    Another assault on our foods. We are being bombarded with these.

    People really need to WAKE UP! NOW!! Stop this idiocy.

       2 likes

  23. Lester and Judy Hoyle says:

    No GMO organisms have been adequately tested and proved safe to release into the environment. Once this ferocious genie is out of the bottle, there’s no turning back. Please oppose the pro-GMO rider for the FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill.
    GMO’s are not superior – they’re simply patent-able. Profits for the very few is not adequate reason to foist this unwanted technology on the rest of us, or the world.

       4 likes

    • annie steele says:

      That is only the beginning of the dangers we face from the GMO issue.
      A. the soil become saturated the pesticides in use. which now include
      2-4D Agent Orange and Roundup.

      B. the use of Human DNA in plants, this could be some person’s leg or eye balll.

      C. Fish DNA
      D. Peanuts
      F Pig DNA
      G. The farmer when he wants to return to the old ways can not as the soil
      damages the plants
      H. The creation of Super Weeds which are requiring the ever stronger chemicals to
      suppress.This is a fact documented here in Calif. Dept or Agr.
      i the infant in the womb must have certain amino Acids at specific time or hormons
      which change the sex of the unborn child or… suppress male scrotal development.
      This includes the pesticides babies are fragile
      J test everything twice and three times.

         0 likes

  24. Ms Jean Standish says:

    The biotech industry has managed to insert a dangerous rider in support of genetically engineered crops into the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. It is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19. Please vote against this rider.

    The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops while USDA is assessing those potential hazards. In other words, even if a court said to halt the sale and planting of the genetically engineered crop until a USDA environmental impact statement was completed, the crop planting could still go forward!

    Further, the provision would compel USDA to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request, even if USDA finds that the crop poses previously unrecognized risks. That’s right—the provision specifically mandates that the Secretary of Agriculture shall, upon request by a farm operator or producer, immediately grant a temporary permit authorizing the crops to continue being planted or cultivated, even if a court has called a halt until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. They’re calling it the Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 733), but far from safeguarding farmers, the only parties whose interests are “assured” by this rider are those of GE crop developers.

    Thank you for your consideration.

       1 likes

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