The Latest on the GMO Rider

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Where do we go from here?

The Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government passed both the Senate and the House last week—and despite all our mutual efforts, it still contained the dangerous GMO rider we’ve been telling you about. The Senate, and in particular, the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, let us down, despite earlier signals they would stand up to Monsanto on this one. Senate Democrats were unwilling to remove the biotech rider, despite the efforts of hundreds of organizations and businesses and tens of thousands of phone calls and Action Alert messages sent.

As you’ll recall, the newly passed rider will strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement. It will not only affect future judicial orders—it will also invalidate several recent orders that found the approval of GMO crops were unlawful, and will allow the planting of those GMO crops even while the USDA assesses environmental hazards.

Since the USDA is totally behind GMO crops, removing court restraints really means that there are no controls on GMO planting at all. No safety reviews (USDA can’t even do them, only FDA, which refuses), and not even any real environmental assessments. This is one of the most blatant examples of money talking in politics that we have seen, and we have seen plenty of them in recent years.

There is also a real question whether the rider is constitutional—how can Congress contravene judicial actions? That would seem to contradict the separation of powers doctrine. We will be reviewing this and other questions with legal counsel.

Unfortunately, the Democrats were the ones who pushed this rider and allowed it to go through unhindered. What did they receive in return? This is the big unanswered question, as no one is willing to “take credit” for the rider. We spoke to the office of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, and asked our lobbyists to see what they could find out, but we still did not get any answers. Barbara Mikulski, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman, is not a big recipient of biotech funds, and she’s usually our ally on this issue—so it is even stranger that the rider’s language would arise out of her committee. Procedurally, it is irregular for a rider to become law that was not passed through the committee of jurisdiction first—in this case, the Judiciary or Agriculture Committee. In fact, Congress held no hearings on the biotech rider, and many Democrats on the committee were initially unaware of its presence in the CR in the first place.

We do know that Monsanto and other biotech companies give a great deal of money to politicians. Opensecrets.org has not collated the information for 2013 as yet, but their figures reveal that contributions to both parties have increased dramatically in recent years. From 2011 to 2012, the agribusiness industry contributed $89,675,179 to political campaigns—65.9% to Republicans, 22.3% to Democrats—with Monsanto topping the list of contributors. The biggest recipients? In the Senate, it was Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with $739,926 in agribusiness donations, and in the House, Frank Lucas (R-OK) with $720,590. However, neither of these individuals serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where the rider language was inserted.

Technically, this CR will be in effect only for six months—its purpose is to fund the government just through September 30—and the GMO provision will expire when the CR expires. In practice, however, this will happen only when Congress enacts a 2014 Appropriations Bill, and it’s not likely they’ll have one written, debated, and enacted by September 30, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. If they don’t have a new bill by then, they will simply change the date on the CR and extend it once again—and everything will remain as it is, including the GMO rider.

In other words, it’s extremely unlikely that the GMO rider will simply go away. Our only chance to end this provision is to make sure it doesn’t get included in the 2014 Appropriations Bill. This will require a huge and sustained grassroots effort—and a strong message to Congress to stop trying to sneak biotech riders by us. We as concerned citizens shouldn’t stand for it! ANH-USA will continue to work on lobbying, strategizing with various grassroots partners, and doing outreach. And we will, as always, keep you posted every step along the way.

Editor’s Note: It was revealed this week in a Poltico article that Senator Ron Blunt (R-MO) was behind the insertion of the Monsanto Rider into the passed government funding bill.

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  • Sarah

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! I am so sick of this corrupt government!

  • Jon Olsen

    Then on the organizing front, what we need is for all manufacturers who specifically do NOT use GMO materials to so label their foods! This will leave in question all those who say noting. Of course the labeling effort in the sates will help, but we need to shut down the PRODUCTION OF GMO’s in the first place, and you are dong superb work in that regard. But above all, we need to end the empire and invent civilization. Jon

  • Sharon Intilli

    Thank you for your hard work. This is going to take ALL OF US DOING A LOT OF WORK in order to get a message across to Congress that this is unacceptable. I am hoping we find an organization that will challenge if possible the constitutionality of this amendment and I think it’s important that we continue to put a lot of pressure on our representatives to get this out of our Appropriations bills!

  • Jeanne Bellinger

    Please do the right thing for our country and our children. STAND UP FOR HEALTH! DO NOT BE A SHILL FOR THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY! We are counting on you!

  • John Rusnak

    Is there a way to find out which members of Congress for the rider? I think part of the grassroots effort should also include having as many as possible not vote for these members of Congress in the next election.

  • Penny Johansson

    Thank You for all you do! Please never stop!!! And thanks for explaining this travesty in detail (for those of us who don’t ahve much time to devote to lobbying for change but are worried as hell about where the country is going).
    Penny

  • http://[email protected] Geraldine Bell

    SUCH a travesty!!!!! Makes me so ashamed of our lawmakers… and our President, if he will not explore all the outcry against this rider. With Michele Obama’s concern about good health, good food, I’d certainly think she’d be concerned about this. For shame, for shame!!

  • John Rusnak

    Is there a way to find out which members of Congress voted for the rider? I think part of the grassroots effort should also include having as many as possible not vote for these members of Congress in the next election.

  • Robert Hawkins

    The entire concept of legislating the courts out of any part of any law is, I believe, unconstitutional. This law, and any others that do the same, should be challenged in the Supreme Court. If they are honest there, that should put an end to this sort of chicanery.

  • Maeve Fitzgerald

    My suggestion–boycott any product that contains corn or soy regardless of who makes the products, unless, of course, they are labeled ‘100% organic’. Research other GM products and boycott any processed foods that contain those ingredients (whether GM or not since we don’t know what is GM–unless it’s labeled ‘organic’.. A bit of trivial–Vitamin C is made from corn starch. You who use vitamin C might want to consider an organic product. No big fanfare, just a quiet, grassroots movement. Hit all of these companies that use ingredients that may be GM (since we aren’t allowed to know which is an which isn’t) where it hurts–their bottom line.

  • chad whitworth

    Monsanto is like the devil with lots of money.
    Not a good combo.

  • Ralph Bauer

    We ALL need to understand that with the billion of dollars involved, the physical intimidation of politicians DOES take place. We err if we think that only in foreign countries, Russia, etc does this occur. So it is not only dollars/contributions/bribes that need to be tracked. The best remedy for threats to life and liberty is to go public.

  • http://[email protected] cary briefq

    I am so tried of our “elected” congress completely disregarding our demands and working solely for the benefit of industry and to the detriment to our health and well being. Be it war, the gun debate, GMO or almost every other issue – the corporate masters have the puppet strings drawn tight. Mussolini said this type of government should be called “Corpratism” and we all know how good things were in Italy under him.

  • aubrey denney

    This is just another example of our politicians being completely interested only in lining their own pockets, no matter what the results will be for the people they are supposed to be serving. It is also a call to action for the cause initiated by Warren Buffet – to limit all of their “service” to one term, then let them go to work anr EARN their money for a change.
    His other ideas are also worthwhile : removing all of their pensions and the ability to decide their own salaries, etc. Throw them all out of office, Now!

  • Bill

    Thank you for all your works… are you sure “our lobbyist” are actually working for us?

  • IWG

    Rand Paul has introduced the “Write the Laws Act” (S. 3361) in the Senate. Please get your representative to co-sponsor this bill. You can utilize [email protected]

    Congress has an obligation to . . .

    Write all the rules
    Read all the rules
    Debate all the rules
    And vote into law all of the rules that we are required to obey.

    Tens of thousands of dictates are issued by unelected bureaucrats each year without proper oversight and accountability. Completely unacceptable.

  • MIKE JOHLES

    Thank you for what you are doing please keep me posted and if you need me to sign any petitions , I will.

  • Betty Rinderknecht

    It looks more and more like the politicians don’t give a hoot for the citizens of this country. They line their own pockets with ‘donations’ from the likes of Monsanto and we are stuck with consuming food that contains stuff that will eventually ruin our health and possiblly kill some of us. If there was something this old, not wealthy, lady could she surely would try her darndest.

  • http://none Ron Tamm

    To whom it may concern,

    We must stip these GMO vultures before they end up ruining our food supply. We need to find out what congressional representatives let this GMO rider slip by them and vote them out of office. We need to be vigilant on this issue and find what congressional representatives are on our side pertaining to anti gmo food as well as being on our side that pertain to access to supplements. We must keep up the fight!

  • http://www.canadiananticorruptionleague.org Bishop Royce Hamer

    The problem is corruption and these in government that support the GMO industry against the good health of the American and all of North America people should be charged with corruption of public office. This includes those in FDA that have ties to Monsanto and the Pharmaceutical Industry. History repeats itself and the day of atonement will arrive and nothing can stop it.

  • Froydis H. Beckerman

    I still can not belive that this rider passed. Barbara Mikulski could have thaken the rider out and it is unusuall for her to agree with something that will have such dangerous effect on people, animals and crops.Congress should have had hearings on this rider. It is important that we continue to put pressure on Congress to enact the 2014 appropriations bill and that we also put pressure on President Obama, to do something about Monsanto, the USDA and the FDA where Monsanto member Mr. Taylor was appointed by president Obama. Obama know how dangerous GMO foods are and I am sure he does not eat it. He should stand up for the people that elected him. As a matter of fact since Congress and the President were elected by the people for the people, they should all be punished for not standing up for their constituents. What they did was wrong an illegal. We shoulsd also work harder to find out who put the rider in and who was paid. Mikulski must have made some money on this and all the other people that were in this crowd must have made a lot of money. Let’s continue to fight. the president and Congress have responsibility to their constituents.

  • MARTHA WRIGHT

    This must be a first that a corporation has asked, petitioned,or by some devious means so secretively tried to get a bill?? Is this a bill ( or extortion of blackmail for what??) saying that they cannot be held accountable for their actions/product GMO’s (the future scourge of the nations and no contest insidious destroyer of humanity). I don’t know hasn’t this been tried before? Don’t we have laws against this sort of thing? Talk about having something shoved down your throat. Hey I don’t want GMO’s. For those of you who are still insistent on forcing people who don’t want GMO’s in their food chain to peacabley “drink the Kool-aid”. remember your turn will come too.

  • Joyce

    Step back and look at the bigger picture of who is behind Monsanto’s GMO seeds and you will see the hand of the new world order with the ultimate goal of reducing worldwide population by 95%.

    This is why the FDA and USDA both are refusing to make them label GMO produce for what they are – toxins especially engineered to bring their ultimate goal to fruition. Wake up and realize that our battle is not with Obama and his shadow government, but the ones who are controlling their puppet strings.

  • http://TheNutritionAdvantage Deborah Arneson

    I would like to send this out to our constant contact list which is in the high thousands. So, pls let me know precisely what steps in what order consumers need to take to halt this bill. Thanks you for, you assistance

  • Toni Francis

    Doesn’t it make sense to follow up with the members of Congress, especially those like Barbara Mikulski, who have supported our cause in the past? I think they need to hear from us loud and clear that we are very angry that they allowed the GMO rider to pass along with the appropriations bill. They failed to support our perfectly reasonable request to know what we are eating and removed our only recourse in the courts. Now we will have no way to know if our food is or is not GMO. It leaves us, including their constituents and all Americans, in the awful position of not being able to choose whether to eat GMO foods and serve them to our families. My physician strongly advised me to avoid GMO foods. How can I do that if I can’t even identify them?

    I think we should demand that they put our best interests first. We didn’t elect them to represent the interests of Monsanto above ours but that’s what they have done. They have a responsibility to protect the health and well being of ordinary citizens and I think we should ask them to draft new legislation that restores judicial oversight in this arena and requires prominent labeling of all GMO foods. This legislation should specifically rescind the CR that they just passed with this budget resolution.

    It also occurs to me that they have created the impression that they accept huge campaign contributions from corporations like Monsanto and then vote for legislation that represents their interests over ours. It smells like corruption because it appears to be “legal bribery.” We should urge them in the strongest possible terms to behave with integrity and responsibility and to remember that we are watching how they vote.

  • http://naturalhealth.com robert higdon

    no more gmo s

  • Irene

    @#$%&+!. Good analysis. Dagnabit!

  • Peter Lindquist

    The Federal bureau of Investigation is letting money influence our lawmakers, and policy making?
    lets pray for what is right!

  • David

    GMOs are WMD!

  • Dawn

    Thanks for being a champion to our health and food freedom! You are such a blessing! I’m riled up about the passage of this rider, but even more disgusted by how it happened. I find it disturbing that 3 democratic Senators, or possibly Senator Mikulski could essentially ignore the public outcry over this rider. The emails, the phone calls…how did this happen? This needs investigating! They work for us. They are our mouthpiece. To ignore the will of the people is alarming. I read that Mikulski never presented the amendment to the rider? But honestly, how could other democrats NOT have known about this rider or more importantly, the Tester amendment. Barbara Boxer was a co-author, Senator Tester is ON the committee, so what happened? Wasn’t he present at this meeting? Didn’t they make sure other Democrats knew about it?? Feinstein is supposedly a champion against GMO’s…she was there. I smell lots of dirty rats. At a time when people’s trust in the government is at an all time low, you would think that taking actions on behalf of the people would be a smart move. This is an egregious abuse of power by the Senate Appropriations committee. The only thing we can deduce from this is: they knew about it and were bought off. That is the only explanation. Tester wrote this and then didn’t even bring it up at the meeting?!? Was this amendment all for show? While you’re investigating the legality of this rider, please look into the legality of our government blatantly refusing to serve their constituents by ignoring the public outpouring of emails and calls to their reps. against this dangerous rider and instead, choosing to vow allegiance to the almighty bio-tech companies. Let’s hold their feet to the fire until we get answers! We deserve and demand to know what happened in that room! Here’s what i read:

    Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee did not bring the rider in front of the Agriculture or Judiciary Committees, as would usually be the case. Many Democrats on the committees say they didn’t know the Rider was in the budget bill. And John Tester’s (D-MT) amendment to strip the Monsanto Rider from the budget bill never came up for vote.

    I find this fishy!

    Best,

    dawn

  • http://www.eadefamilychiro.com David Eade

    The legal premise for this would seem to be “unconstitutional ” as it prohibits one sector of government to bypass another. At UC Berkeley law they have pro Bono programs that address this issue. Does anyone know about grass roots process to start this initiative to determine if this law is unconstitutional. By Congress writing laws that bypass the “Jucicial” process is in seemingly direct violation. What are your thoughts?

  • Lorree Gardener Milne

    GMO “culture” is potentially genocidal and should, no, must be stopped as soon as possible. It is beyond my capacity to reason why Monsanto should be protected or how it has come to be too politically powerful over the very food we grow and eat. They are a chemical company that is more interested in wealth and control than the health of citizens in the United Stated and around the world. If what they are trying to sell us is so great, why won’t they even consider proper labeling of such products?

  • Richard Winkelman

    It was announced that Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s intend to label all GMO foods in their stores, and Whole Foods Market will require that their meat and fish suppliers disclose whether the animals were fed GMO foods.

  • Denise Epstein

    I truly think the citizens of this Country don’t have a shot. The laws that are enacted in secrecy impact us all but most are uninformed or simply too busy to pay attention. It’s is certainly disheartening to think we are at the mercy of greed and thieves and huge egos that will stop at nothing to get what they want, which is all the power and all the money at the cost of this amazing Country.

  • Cherie Zaslawsky

    It is vital to keep fighting to label and, better yet, ban GMOs. The sad truth is both Democrats and Republicans are selling us out, as the leadership of both parties has been pushing us in the same direction. To better understand that direction with respect to food, read up on Codex Alimentarius, an international trade agreement regarding our foods. Here’s a link to an eye-opening 90-minute presentation done in the UK:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwVHeHhiLfU&NR=1&feature=fvwp
    And a link to some brief comments and warnings by a US physician:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyLI8UVdTzQ
    Recall also that Obama, for all his inspiring sounding rhetoric, appointed Michael Taylor, former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto, as Senior Advisor to the FDA.

  • Dan Richards

    Science is a really great thing to sciencetist they think they are doing great things.
    Great like PCB, PBB,HFCS, GMO and all the other things that are not listed because the list would be endless.Just about every chemical they have created now has polluted every thing we touch.
    This goes to show that our frinds in DC can and will be bought off and leaving us out to dry (DIE)
    Now don’t that just make you think. What will science and all there distruction that has been done to you and yours and everyone you know along with our planet cause next.

  • dave minsch

    I stand by what is written.

  • james bogin

    Please stop trying to undermine the will of the people who pay your salaries. No more biotech riders attached to necessary funding bills. We the people demand that you CONTROIL the biotech industry and mandate GMO labeling. Please EARN YOR KEEP.

  • http://www.nancydalecn.com Nancy Dale

    This is such an outrage but unfortunately money talks and our health suffers. It is now up to us to bring this to everyone’s attention and demand changes in our government policies.

  • http://www.eaglepeakherbals.com Christina M. Hodge

    GMO’s are an abomination! Humans with only money in their minds have created the second most important environmental threat after Global warming. Please remove the GMO rider from this Bill.

  • Lois Guthrie

    “Where do we go from here?”
    I invite you again to contact Kai Huschke or Chad Nicholson at “The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund” (www.celdf.org) to learn more about their program.
    Thank you, LG

  • http://peopleforreason.org sandra bell

    It is an abomination that a gigantic mega monolith like Monsanto is allowed to corrupt our food supply and our earth. I do not want to consume GMOs. I do not want normal, organic farmers to have their land polluted with sick seeds. I do not want Monsanto to then turn around and sue these good farmers for “stealing” their GMO seeds because they have blown onto the organic farms — as if anyone in their right mind would want to steal their horrid little seeds. It’s appalling and abominable that so many of our “leaders” can be paid off by large corporations to the detriment of our country and our people. Monsanto has already been refused and banned in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Japan, but not in the good old “free” USA. Everybody must stand up.

  • Mikanuk “Larry D. Adams”

    Dear ANH:

    Why don’t you just create a petition for all of us to sign and then we can e-mail our concerns to our respective Senators as well as Representatives? I’ll be more than glad to sign it, if you create and send me an e-mail petition to click and sign! Thanks for listening.

    Mikanuk “Larry D. Adams”

  • Moises Sanft

    People do not get it the majority of his individuals will sell there bodys as longest they can get elected and sit in congress for life. WELCOME TO AMERICA.

  • dave h

    the blame needs to put out to the public why no big news media even had a story about this bill and others like it this rider was added at the end of this bill voted and passed without 1 debate and no dems or repubs listen to the american people who called them or signed anh letter before breaking for the easter holiday this was an complete an unfair injustment to the health of all the families in this country how do we keep voting these lame people in office over and over again i hope this site exspoes every one who voted for this bill and keep reminding us who they are and how they voted everyday so we dont let them remain in office wake up people are hurt our future genarations expose them everyday happy easter to all and godbess

  • Bruce Frank

    keep peoples right to be informed and chose.

  • susan

    way to go morons. Now you have really ended the food systems that protect us from money grubbing Corporations. Hope you like having your food poisoned by Monsanto and the like
    they will take patents on all the remaining food sources and we will be forced to eat the crap they
    produce. And they know how it effects the human and animal body. But did you stop to think about that I dont think so. Thanks you have just destroyed the farmer and rancher way of life. Hope you can eat money

  • John R Stockhausen

    The GMO Rider must disappear permanently..It is nothing but POISON to the human body.
    Big business & the FDA don’t believe in doing the right thing (For the People). The ONLY
    thing they’re out for is (Lots of Profits for themselves). By doing this they in return are Killing
    the American People. No wonder why so many people act CRAZY. This is nothing but reality
    but at the same time Sad & Scarry.

  • c

    Wow, get the garynull.com movie out where ever we can. I sent a request to the senate to watch it and heard nothing back, now this that you have written here.
    ‘Seeds of Death’
    Maybe doctoroz.com will air it, if YOU ask .
    It needs to be seen by the senate and the american people.
    I can’t believe usa citizens can’t just go citizens arrest those people on the spot.

  • Sharon

    Monsanto has devastated our Hawaiian Islands! We have Marched on every Island this month. We will Not give up-expect us. This is an illegal state – the only hope is to reclaim the Kingdom! The people and children are being poisoned!

  • Penny Nichols

    I now have total disregard for our political system. I really though our elected officials would not back down to the biotech companies and come through for the health and safety of the people and our planet. You can bet Feinstein, Boxer and Thompson will be hearing from me. But I have expressed my concerns on GMOs to then through e-mails, petitions and phone messages many many times and I know most of my friends and family have also. I feel like we are on a extermination list. If your not in the top 2 per cent your number up.
    I’ve also written to manufactures letting them know that I no longer purchase their products if I suspect they have GMO ingredients or are supporting GMO companies. And I will continue to do so.
    Our only choice is to support your local farmer and question them about where they get their seed and if they grow organic and if they feed their livestock organic feed. Also start your own vegie garden and share with friends and family. My patents had great stories about them and their neighbors getting together during the war and growing their vegies, raising chickens and rabbits and sharing with each other. They said there was always a party on their block come the weekend and more than enough food for the week ahead.
    The only way to protect ourselves is with the dollar. If we stop spending on their poisoned products they will listen. And maybe our elected officials will remember who put them in office.
    We need to take care of each other.

  • Rich

    I consider GMO foods on the same level as Agent Orange. When I was in Viet Nam, I was told agent orange wouldn’t hurt humans. We all know how that turned out. Now we are told gmo foods are safe for human consumption. I guess even though we elect these people to office, they are positively more interested in the almighty dollar than our health. I guess in twenty or so years, people will be compensated the same as is being done to Viet Nam vets. Oh yes, need I mention that it is too late for many of my buddies to be compensated. What are our children and grandchildren worth? Food for thought.

    • DRHank

      We need more than ‘disappointment’ about government betraying us,I suggest ‘screaming outrage’
      Impeach any government employe (including supreme justices)who is on the dole from any corporation.

      Asking the foxes to guard the henhouse is what we are offered as a solution, monsanto and their lawyer AGsecratry of Agriculture– Philsack and the FDA, all bought and paid for ( I do not mean to belittle the oldest profession, they only sold their bodies, not their souls) They must be proud-political.

  • Stephen

    This is a classic example of how “We the People” suffer at the hands of the money mongrols of political greed.

  • Cherri

    well it seems we have to shout out , it is the only way they seem to listen !!!!! We need to clean house in the government….

    • Donna Marquart

      I recall hearing that they used to tar and feather con artists.

  • Johni Prinz

    “…it will also invalidate several recent orders that found the approval of GMO crops were unlawful, and will allow the planting of those GMO crops even while the USDA assesses environmental hazards.” How much of this selling off of our future are we suppose to tolerate before we bring in the International Community to stop this corrupt government from ruining the planet? How much more destruction will you reek on our lovely world?

  • Anna South

    I am terribly disappointed in the governments continually ignoring the peoples desire to halt the growing of GMO crops without further research. Where is the conscience of our elected officials? Where is the common sense in all of government when it comes to the danger that GMO experimentation on our fragile agricultural land implies. I am very grateful to ANH for its continued efforts in lobbying on our behalf and in there up to date coverage on what is really happening in congress. This is really a battle about life and death. If anyone has done any research what so ever on GMO crops, they will see what a “crap shoot” we are engaging in. Money still seems to be the influencing factor here and in the end I am sorry to say that many will be sickened and probably die because of it.

  • Edgar A. Lucidi, MD

    Gentlemen:

    I am appalled by the illogical. unreasonable and treacherous congressional approval of this nefarious rider that will promote environmental destruction, disease amd premature death of man, animals, plants, birds, bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Electa Anderson

    Imagine how all mankind would benefit if our leadership in Washington DC would base their decisions on what is right for all society, not what is desired by a few corporate influencers.

    Until we have unbiased research, and an absolute guarantee that our food chain will not be contaminated by GMOs, GMOs should not be allowed in the food we are eating and the grains of farm animals…at the very least we have the right to know what is in our food by requiring our food be labeled if it contains GMOs.

    It is shocking that the FDA continues to state that GMOs are safe… So unfortunate that Americans are just waking up to the fact that we can no longer rely on the FDA to protect our food chain.

  • David Davis

    Stop trying to sneak biotech riders by us.

  • Wanda Siller

    I am very saddened and discouraged that our Congress deems it appropriate not to act in the best interest of the public’s health, and instead to side with biotech girants like Monsanto, which has no regard for anything but profits. In the long term, Monsanto and companies like them will not only ruin everyone’s health, including that of their employees and executives, but also help in the destructon of the earth. Do they refuse to see, or see and just disregard, or not believe, not that it matters. I wonder if there’s any way to get to Congress and the biotech companies to help them see the long range problems they’re creating?

    • Donna Marquart

      I think they see and I think they know – they just don’t want to see, esp. if they are writing the laws and have now limited the federal courts from going after Monsanto. Go watch the documentary The Silent Forest, Genetic Roulette, The World According to Monsanto, Food, Inc., the BBC documentary titled The Men Who Made Us Fat, just to mention a few. and don’t buy the processed food. Grow a garden, buy from the farmer’s markets. AND go to the town hall meetings and ask your representatives etc. about how they voted. And don’t back down just because “they” tell you it has been part of our food system for at least 20 years. It has – and it has been planned that way – kind of by accident. I doubt too many of those politicians and corporate rats eat GMO’s.

  • Dazzle

    The biggest problem in doing anything with Congress is that every 2 years they get ready to campaign for re-election! Thus they are siding with big biz with promises of big campaign contributions. The voice of citizens is subverted regularly by the structure of our elections.

    Then there is the FACT that the Congressional majority are already bought and paid for.
    Unlimited money is now allowed to buy legislation or to thwart it.

    The best that anti-GM farmers can do is to keep on growing organic and suing Monsatan if GM pollen infects their fields. Anti-GM farmers may need to invest in row cover, to cover their crops to prevent the GM pollen from getting into their seeds. Mote artful dodges will need to be invented.

    Dealing with Congress the way it is now IMO is futile.

  • https://www.facebook.com/brandon.ranauro?ref=tn_tnmn Brandon

    I really appreciate all you do! Thank you and this is maddening. These politicians should be kicked out! It is unconstitutional and there is so many other reasons that have led to this as well, like Citizens United.

  • Jeff piotrowski

    Another example, one of a hundred whereby our politicians whom are controlled by banks, special interest and the global elite( these are the people who really control our govt., not we the people.
    Wake up everyone there has been a silent coup de tat into both parties. Nothing in politics happens by mistake, these people are very smart and they do have an agenda. The artistry in all of this is to make it look like their just idiots ( another buracratic mess), well belive me you can explain all the injustices, tyranny, unconstitutionality, lies and betrayal on one thing; new world order. You will increasingly see your sovereignty and your freedoms disappear in the name of protecting you. Cash will disappear amd all currency will be controlled by the banks electronically. They will own you basically, they already do most just do not know it yet. Wonder why the world is in turmoil? Because if you create crisis’ then you can create solutions to these crisis’ right?
    Thank you for your newsletter its wonderful and i believe in you.
    Good luck
    Sincerely Jeff Piotrowski

  • Dave Kisor

    I find it unconscionable that business and industry feels the need to to hide behind legislation to protect themselves from we the people. Whose government is this? As for those senate democrats, there is a very good reason I have transitioned over to the Green Party.

  • Carol

    I am extremely disappointed that Politicians, elected to support and represent the American public, continually give in to giant corporations and greed, as opposed to supporting what the majority of the public wants.
    Monsanto has proven over and over again that they will do anything to control our food system to the detriment of the publics’ health. There are many, many studies in the U.S. as well as Europe, who have banned GMO’s from being planted, that show the negative impact from GMO’s. The American public has shown over and over that they are unwilling to consume these products, and want labeling to be able to choose what we consume rather than eating something we find to be unhealthy. I certainly am not willing to support any politician who looks to Monsanto rather than its’ constituents for approval.

    • Donna Marquart

      While this rider was being passed, and signed by the president, all I keep hearing about is gun control. Guess it is OK to slowly poison people. Jon Stewart on April 3 had an interesting commentary about how this rider was passed. Saw it on UTube.

  • Carol Filonow-koppel

    I do not want GMO crops!

  • Tactical111

    Wow, this is outrageous. I doubt they’d get away with this in Communist China. Proof that the Almighty Dollar is what rules in this so called “Free Republic”. What a joke. Boycott with your pocket books. I don’t eat/buy any processed food or any corn or soy products anymore.

    Gee, if GMO is so good and safe why are they afraid of labeling or Judicial oversight? Hmm.

  • TAMARQUE

    Why aren’t you talking about the Codex Alimentarius? This is the framework within which this type of legal maneuver operates. I know you are familiar with the Codex which demands that member nations change their laws to support the Codex mandates.

    Most people are ignorant of these international agreements that push the globalization neo-con agenda. You are in a position to clearly draw the total picture for people. I think you really need to do this.

    • http://www.anh-usa.org ANH-USA

      Hi Tamarque–Thank you for your comment! ANH-USA is actively involved in the Codex conversation. However, it’s important to note that Codex does not mandate that participating nations change their laws to match Codex standards. Here are some links to learn more about Codex:
      -http://www.anh-usa.org/why-you-should-care-about-codex-separating-fact-from-fiction/
      -http://www.anh-usa.org/codex-committee/
      Thanks again!

  • Katherine Whitson

    Democrats received hundreds of millions in donations from Monsanto so of course they’re going to pass this through. I am very disappointed in them for this- if they don’t have our back, who does?

    • Donna Marquart

      we’re on our own. start a garden – don’t buy processed food.

  • Denise

    Of course it all boils down to the campaign contributions. And, of course, the people representing us make enough money so they can buy organic, unlike the majority of people in the U.S. I hope they will remember how important it was to allow GMOs without regulations: allowing Monsanto to tamper with our food and not knowing what effect it will have on our health. They will be the ones who created this monster.

  • Patricia V

    GMO and all other poisons must be abolished once and for all. Who placed them as God, and give them power to kill off Humans.
    Patricia V.

  • Laura

    I believe we are wasting our time on this or any other action we wish to accomplish as long as our Congressmen have no fear of us, which they obviously do not. I believe the reason is because the voting computers are rigged and they know it. We need to focus first of all in getting rid of computer voting. Yes, a huge project but necessary if we’re to get anything worthwhile done.

  • DemocratnoMore

    I think those of us who are Democrats need to send a message to the DNC.

    Perhaps those of us who are Democrats should leave the Democratic Party.

    Perhaps those of us who are Democrats should stop sending the DNC money,

    Perhaps those of us who are Democrats should realize that the DNC is merely “GOP Lite.”

  • http://mayrtherapy.com Dennis Allen

    The unfortunate reality is that the politicians are crroks and liars. they will sell their souls for money. Washington is a corrupt pit of vipers. The only hope is to unite and continually attack the one who support these dangerous policies and become unrelentless in the attacks. Campaigns must be mounted that unseat these bastards, legal means should be explored to go after them. their personal lives should be made misserable with the continuous barage of criticism, calling, e mailing, news stories, anything that send a message that this will not be tolerated. It takes a heroic commitment. the have the money, the press, the power. They lie , cheat and steel. They deserve no respect. All efforts to stop these evil politicians should be legal and non violent, but efforts must be firm and without compromise. Sounds a bit extreme, but if the “people don’t take off the gloves and start fighting with a sense of commitment and courage, than I do not see a winning scenario for this effort.
    Lie it or not, this is a war. A true war of good against evil. The message should be loud and clear. mothers start boycotting the super market and write, Call and e mail EVEY DAY to the retailers that you do not want and will not shop at stores that sell GMO foods.
    Take a feww dollarsand print up anti gmo fliers and post them everywhere. Sneak them on the walls of the supermarket bathrooms and on there bulletin boards. put them on winshields. Set up tables in public places and start campaigning with fliers bumper stickers and buttons and tee shirts condeming GMO foods and thw business’s that sell them. organize parades and demonstrtions. get the press to report on these activities.
    I am watching good, careing, responsible law abiding people in this country go down with very little fight. If people don;t start getting tough and draw a line in the sand, they will win neither the battle or the war.
    A marine saying is when the going gets tough the tough get going. It is time to get tough.

  • JA Kienas

    This is such a travesty of fairness that I cannot imagine how it ever came about! What are our legislaters thinking with???? Their pocketbooks?? Other parts of their anatommy not designed for thinking? The untested long term results of turning loose GMO seeds into our environment is frightening beyond words. What effects will this have on our helath or that of our children? God did a great job in creating genetic chains that match well within species….let’s not mess with usurping His designs!

    • Jean Leclair

      All they think of is lining their pockets, sitting on their rich ***. They have no compansion of thought for us American people.

  • john rogers

    The problem is every state ag dept is in bed with fed ag, and they are all in bed with monsanto and all the major players who have paid and continue to pay them all off handsomely, so this is going to be a battle royal to put it mildly. i think grass roots is trying super hard, i continue to donate generously, but i think it will require total outrage from the public and loud strong protests that get the medias attention. And the media are all paid off as well, so again, we need to do something with major impact and intensity. Our govt simply is bought and sold by all kinds of interests, they do not care if we live or die, it is really out of control. It is not a pretty picture. be prepared for turbulent times ahead in every way.

  • im munton

    I find it interseting that I often see Senator Harry Reid shopping in my local Whole Foods store when he is in Nevada.

  • Jimh77

    Is it not the time for the Government to stop poisoning it’s people with the Biotech chemicals and start doing what is right for Americans?

  • estelle ogus

    gmo is like a mass global slow genoside. its very dangerous and its important to ban gmo seeda and roundup pesticides which are also dangerous. we need to avolanch the legislators with continual demands to ban them. and go to the whitehouse website petition to demand these actions, and to send the whitehouse continual nagging scientific studies and citizen petititions, not just once but monthly ongoing indefiniteley. its a matter of health or disease for most people globally…everywhere on planet earth. meanwhile buy organic and products with the “gmo project certified” label with butterfly picture. its crucially important to keep the pressure up. thanks for doing so.

  • Loranzie Loudermilk

    I will not vote for anyone who supports GMO’s!

  • jim adams

    What? I am OUTRAGED that this committee would play politics with this Monsanto Uber Alles bio-tech rider. My understanding is that nobody — not the congress, the courts, the constitution, the president and definitely not we-the-the-people can say or do anything about these GMOs while this is in effect — regardless if they are creating super weeds (like Amaranth) and superbugs (like one of the corn caterpillars), harming the health of people (independent tests show harm to rats.. enough to stop sales … except for this rider), keeping people from knowing if they are eating GMO foods. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/15/genetic-roulette-gmo-documentary.aspx

    In one year, Agribusiness (you spell that c-o-r-p-o-r-a-t-i-o-n-s) spent almost $90 million buying elections for congress and Monsanto outspends all the rest of the Agribusiness corporations. Here’s one of the big payoffs — this rider and the silence with which it has been received in committee. ……….

    If you believe that a corporation is a person and that a really BIG corporation is a really, really good person and deserves to have more rights than an old fashioned living, breathing taxpaying person — you just might be a Republican

    And if you believe that especially corporations but also the rich have the right to use their millions to make certain that certain elections are won and others are lost — you just might be a Republican (+ there’s a few Democrats here too) (and thanks and a tip of the hat to Jeff Foxworthy)

    It’s appropriate to quote Nancy Reagan here: “Just say NO” to GMOs. It’s that simple.

    • Helen Bogart

      I think your stereotypical Jeff Foxworthy-like comments about Republicans is unproven and unwarranted. Not all Republicans desire agri-monsters like Monsanto to get a free ride and a free pass. I suppose I can cite just as many Democrats that are on the take by these corporations.

      However, that being said, the real matter is what to do about it. I like the comment before yours that properly asked the question, “Who put the rider into the bill that passed?” Somebody had to write it. Let’s investigate that instead of fingerpointing or namecalling, please?

      We have a host of problems to solve with this dysfunctional, harmful Congress, so let’s start by voting out House and Senate members, whichever party they happen to be, if they do not represent our interests. Just fire them, already. Make sure you tell all your friends and neighbors why you want them fired and spread the word.

  • steve

    thanx for the info, great job!

  • http://? Carl Nye

    What I want to know, and what the big question of this article addresses is – how did this rider get into the bill? Who specifically wrote it, and who attached section 735 to the CR? Why did all the people we contacted ignore our requests and refuse to remove it? This information must be publicly exposed. It may take a FOIA action to find out, but we must be told who sold the immunity clause to Monsanto via this rider.

    • Alice Moriarty

      Amen! I agree with you totally. I also have asked for the congresspeople who sponsored this but have not received an answer. Isn’t that part of the record?

  • http://N/A Sarah Tiers

    I am horrified that Monsanto is allowed to continue poisoning our food; therefore, our land, animals and people. Where are our morals? This is a form of murder so let’s call it what it is. Innocent people are being sickened daily. In India, it got sdo bad that thousands committed suicide when their crops and animals died and they had no other way to make a living. When will we stop this? I’m in a state of shock that we allow this to happen. Someone do something before millions are wiped out.

  • john polifronio

    I want to comment, but, by the same token, the extent to which Monsanto, and the equivalent, is able to buy its way to approval, of virtually anything it asks of government “regulators,” makes my comments effectively meaningless. Is this democracy? Is this the United States? Such blatant cynicism is appalling.

  • Judith Volpe

    vote with your fork and buy only organic and non GMO foods, or EU products. its more expensive but so is having cancer. let large food chain stores know you will not patronize them if they contribute funds to defeat GMO labeling. its time for another revolution.

    • Jan V.

      Judith has the right answer. I can honestly say that when I eat organic, I am well. When I eat food out of the grocery store, I am not well. It’s like poison to my body–and this is just the beginning. The problem is that once the GMO foods take over the farmlands, their “disease” will spread through the ground and the air.

      • Lydia

        Sadly, most sadly, Jan is right. This is not just about my food or my support of an industry. It is about MASSIVE genetic pollution, which affects more than those who buy the product.

        It’s similar to the problem of anti-biotics in domestic food animals, in the sense that the affect is far more widespread than on those who participate, buy and eat the food. IT AFFECTS ALMOST EVERYONE. Already the jinni is out of the bottle. The question is, how bad will it get? Now we have a new strain of anti-biotic resistant klebsiella! On top of the MRSA and VSRA.

        Biology has it’s own rules: we violate them at our own risk.

  • Mary

    I found this on a friend’s FB page: When Monsanto forced GMO corn on Hungary, farmers burned thousands of acres to the ground and forced the government to impose a nationwide ban!

  • http://n/a Sonja

    The only way I can possibly be “polite” about this and still remain honest is to simply say, we are adults, not children and I’d very much like to know what could have possibly given these Bio-tech people the idea, that as such, we have no right to know what we are eating, nor to decide what we prefer to feed our families? Is this not America?

  • http://n/a Sonja

    The only way I can possibly be “polite” about this and still remain honest is to simply say, we are adults, not children and I’d very much like to know what could have possibly given these Bio-tech people the idea, that as such, we have no right to know what we are eating, nor to decide what we would prefer to feed our families? Is this not America?

    • Alonse

      To answer your question, apparently not anymore.

  • http://tomgcampbell.com Thos/ Campbell L>C>S>W>

    Barbara Mikulski: Please review this matter carefully, learn all the facts, break free of servitude to Monsanto, & recapture your own social worker soul. You are confusing, saddening, discouraging, enraging & betraying all of the rest of us social workers who have trusted & respected you. Please reassure us that there was some mistake here, that you have not sold out, & that you will correct this mistake, ….pronto!! We believe in you. Please do not make a mockery of our support for you. With faith & hope, Tom Campbell B>D>C>S>W>< B.C.D.

  • http://tomgcampbell.com Thos/ Campbell L>C>S>W>

    Barbara Mikulski: Please review this matter carefully, learn all the facts, break free of servitude to Monsanto, & recapture your own social worker soul. You are confusing, saddening, discouraging, enraging & betraying all of the rest of us social workers who have trusted & respected you. Please reassure us that there was some mistake here, that you have not sold out, & that you will correct this mistake, ….pronto!! We believe in you. Please do not make a mockery of our support for you. With faith & hope, Tom Campbell B>D>C>S>W>< B.C.D.

  • http://tomgcampbell.com Thos/ Campbell L>C>S>W>

    Barbara Mikulski: Please review this matter carefully, learn all the facts, break free of servitude to Monsanto, & recapture your own social worker soul. You are confusing, saddening, discouraging, enraging & betraying all of the rest of us social workers who have trusted & respected you. Please reassure us that there was some mistake here, that you have not sold out, & that you will correct this mistake, ….pronto!! We believe in you. Please do not make a mockery of our support for you. With faith & hope, Tom Campbell B>D>C>S>W>< B.C.D.

  • http://tomgcampbell.com Thos/ Campbell L>C>S>W>

    Barbara Mikulski: Please review this matter carefully, learn all the facts, break free of servitude to Monsanto, & recapture your own social worker soul. You are confusing, saddening, discouraging, enraging & betraying all of the rest of us social workers who have trusted & respected you. Please reassure us that there was some mistake here, that you have not sold out, & that you will correct this mistake, ….pronto!! We believe in you. Please do not make a mockery of our support for you. With faith & hope, Tom Campbell B>D>C>S>W>< B.C.D.

  • http://tomgcampbell.com Thos/ Campbell L>C>S>W>

    Barbara Mikulski: Please review this matter carefully, learn all the facts, break free of servitude to Monsanto, & recapture your own social worker soul. You are confusing, saddening, discouraging, enraging & betraying all of the rest of us social workers who have trusted & respected you. Please reassure us that there was some mistake here, that you have not sold out, & that you will correct this mistake, ….pronto!! We believe in you. Please do not make a mockery of our support for you. With faith & hope, Tom Campbell B>D>C>S>W>< B.C.D.

  • Angela

    Thanks for all you do even for those who would benefit and know not your efforts. Blessings..

  • Stephine

    Another proof that government is bought off by the big corporations.
    CORRUPTION is all there is in Washington.

  • dee preston

    Simply put- this is treason against the people of the USA. Unless we get rid of these criminals who
    Are allowing our food supply to be poisoned: where is the hope? What about our children
    Who will suffer from this rider? What about the farmers and our environment?
    Wht doesn’t our elected officials care or protect us? Because they are criminals and are
    All bought and paid for. This must end. Impeachment is the kind route. With hope, dee

  • http://AllianceforNaturalHealth Rita Thomson

    Dear Government Leaders:
    Have you all not read the Book of Daniel which the prophet Daniel tells the King of Babylon of his dream and its meaning? This dream describes a human image and its meaning so that this king’s empire was of gold, the next was of silver, the next was of bronze, and finally of clay and iron. These are human governments. Yet a stone not cut out of human hands has come to crush this image. Who is this stone, Christ. Now my point is to tell you that none of you are on the throne, only God is. So if you intend to sicken us Americans with junk food, you will be judged by the Almighty one day or even in your lifetime as well. Be smart and learn from the Holy Bible that God does not tolerate human government defiling mankind and the end will show this in a very terrific way. So I am asking you to consider taking aim at the invisible force you cannot see and fight to keep humanity healthy, in God’s name I am asking or suffer the consequence.

    • Glenn

      Rita,
      You stated the entire situation perfectly. If our government leaders had a fear of God, things would be a lot different in our country, for the better.
      Have a Blessed Easter.

      • Alonse

        Dear Government Leaders:
        Have you all not read the Book of Daniel

        Rita, I think you could have stopped right there 😉

  • Mich

    What Monsanto is doing, is clearly unconstitutional. They want to overide the judicial review via the legislative branch—they are desperate. This is a government “of the people, for the people and by the people”. They are greedy and have demonstrated, ther activities, to be harmful to the public and environment; that’s why they deemed it necessary, to seek “protectuon” through this rider. Nice try, but we gotcha!

  • Elizabeth

    Never give up on this! Thank you for the updated and for the sustained effort.

  • Christian

    Who is the real enemy of America? We know now without a shadow of a doubt – Monsanto. Therefore, those that believe in the power of prayer, join me in pulling down this demonic stronghold. The higher world powers want to reduce world population. They can do this by slowly poisoning our soil and food supply. If you or your friends have land or community space PLANT VEGETABLE GARDENS, everywhere you can. We must not remain co-dependent on our grocery stores alone. Every small step will help. Be more personally responsible for your food sources and let your neighbors know the truth. THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE!

    • Marilee

      I agree with you in prayer…

  • http://CureCancerNow.WetPaint.com Richard Karpinski

    So you have noticed the corruption of Congress. Well, join with Prof. Lawrence Lessig and his Root Strikers to end the corruption in a truly bipartisan way. Let campaigns be funded by hundred dollar vouchers that we citizens can give to the candidates of our choice who agree to use only those vouchers in their campaigns. Then when ten thousand citizens like a candidate they can give her a million bucks. It doesn’t end other candidates accepting money from millionaires but we’ll be able to tell who is using our money and who is using theirs. When almost all elected Congressional officials have avoided using big money funding, we’ll have Congress people who don’t have to “lean to the green”. It won’t take many election cycles if we do it. Check out Lessig’s videos. He speaks sense with conviction.

    • Siobhan Justin

      I think they should all run via social media, and shouldn’t rely on contributions from anyone

      • dez

        The Illuminati is the real enemy along with the Banksters who support it.

  • Remy

    Ruin Organics through deliberate contanmination via GMO poisons…..MISSION ACCOMPLISHED by MONSANTO of EVIL, then everyone practicaly except them and their families and the other U.S elites they assume, will be then FORCED to EAT GMO’s there good for your death and their endless $$$ after all we consumers are in their evil eyes are all just useless eaters to serve them evermore and then throw us away when they can make no more $$$ from us.

    • Mich

      Remy: You articulated the Master Plan of the Elites!

    • Lou Albinati

      I am greatly concerned about the infiltration of GMO’s and the lack of any control by the Government. I am not surprised that the Dem’s are behind it’s promotion. They will do anything for money to convert this country to a Socialist State.

  • Warren

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm is the link to Senator Blunts contact information and others. Please call him and others to let them know how concern you are of his blunder and remind him and others when they or if they reach the pearly gates and when asked by St. Peter, why did you allow so many people to die using GMO foods or developed cancer from GMO foods? If their reply, is simply to become or continue their millionaire status then, please shut the gates St. Peter for they have sanction the death of innocent people.
    Sincerely,

    Warren