Urgent Action Alert on TWO GMO Amendments!

July 10, 2012
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GMOThere’s still time to stop these potentially catastrophic pro-GMO riders before they become law—IF we act now!

This morning we learned of a dangerous set of policy riders which the biotech industry was able to get inserted into (and buried within) the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the voluminous 2012 Farm Bill. These riders represent significant changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA), which will create serious risks to farmers, the environment, and public health by forcing the rushed commercialization of genetically engineered crops. They would also eliminate all meaningful review of the effect GMO crops may have on our environment or our health.

This is a new set of riders unrelated to the rider we warned you about in prior weeks. That amendmentin the Agriculture Appropriations Billis still alive and also needs to be opposed. More information on that below.

The new riders, the ones we just became aware of in the farm bill, would outlaw any review of GE crop impacts based on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or any other environmental law. And no agency other than USDA would be allowed to provide analysis.

Note that under this new proposal, even if the unexpected happened and the pro-GMO USDA did report issues, the information still wouldn’t affect the approval decision! So clearly it doesn’t matter what environmental analysis anyone comes up with. It won’t have any effect on the approval of genetically engineered crops.

These riders also establish unworkable deadlines and backdoor approvals—if the crops aren’t reviewed and approved within an absurdly short time, they would default to immediate approval and commercialization. This, together with the diminished environmental analysis, simply makes a mockery of USDA’s GMO crop reviews. It is one of the most blatant examples of crony capitalism at work that we have seen.

The bill is scheduled to be debated in committee on Wednesday morning, so we have only a very narrow window in which to act! Please write to the House Ag Committee chairman and ranking member, as well as your congressional representative, and tell them you want these riders removed from the Farm Bill. Please Take Action NOW!

Two weeks ago we reported on a pro-GMO amendment in a different funding bill, the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This amendment would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale or planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops—even if a court has told them to stop—while USDA is still assessing potential hazards.

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 GMO crops to be 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, in particular Monsanto, the company we believe is almost certainly behind it.

Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-OR, is preparing his own amendment to strike the pro-GMO language from the bill. We need to get an avalanche of messages to Capitol Hill supporting the DeFazio amendment and explaining just how lawless the pro-GMO rider is.

The Ag Appropriations bill with this anti-GMO amendment attached will likely be heard on the floor of the House of Representatives by the middle of next week. This means there is still time for us to stop this lawless amendment.

If this language is allowed to stand, it would completely undermine the judicial review process, and would encourage the unchecked deregulation of GE crops despite terrible environmental and health effects.

Please send your messages to Congress TODAY in support the DeFazio Amendment, which would strike the pro-GMO language from the bill! Please Take Action Now!

Did you take action on both pro-GMO amendments? If not, please do so. Either one will gut what remains of the GMO approval process.

203 Responses to “Urgent Action Alert on TWO GMO Amendments!”

  1. Kitty says:

    Question: Who is the for the picture above? I would like to credit them for my petition to Barack Obama to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

    Also, please sign this!

    https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-repeal-the-monsanto-protection-act-immediately

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  2. Mike Palacio says:

    The people don’t appreciate poisonous grass. Do something about it.

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  3. mike pollard says:

    Although I live in the UK, this issue is of global importance, hence my contribution to the fighting fund.

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  4. Please strike the pro-GMO action in the bill. I am appalled that our government is backing this bill. We know that GMO crops are not good for us and yet we proceed as if there were no problem. Other countries have put a stop to this nonsense.

    Thank you for thinking of the American people and not just the industry.

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  5. Gail Conley says:

    I strongly urge you to support the DeFazio Amendment, striking the pro-GMO language from the Farm Bill. And I stand at this time against any attempt to perpetuate the use of this dangerous manipulation of our foods and other crops. This is no proving to be of any great value to any one other than to the megapolis companies who are creating them. They are proving to disastrous in so many ways, and it is just beginning. Please stop it now.

    Thank you,

    Gail Conley

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  6. Roberto Estremera says:

    I’m against the GMO amendments. Please help to stop these pro-GMO riders. Thank you

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  7. A. Williams says:

    Stop G M O s Now ! ! ! !
    Label G M O s Now.
    U S consumers have a “Right To Know”.
    I am in the control group, eating organic / non G M O foods.
    Not U S D A organic. State / regoinal certified Organic.
    The G M O ginny-pigs alredy show health problems.
    Vote with your dollars. Don’t buy this ! ! ! ! food.

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  8. ilona Paley says:

    Stop GMO it is sheer evil…

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  9. Aprile Gaudinier says:

    Please support Congressman Peter DeFazio in his fight against GMO’s and in striking the pro-GMO language for th Ag Appropriations bill.

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  10. Richard League says:

    Please oppose any amendment to the Ag Appropriations Bill which would allow growing of genetically engineered crops while the USDA is determining their safety. Support the DeFazio amendment that would strike the pro GMO language from the bill. Remember, we only have one chance to get this right. There is no going back if we make the wrong decision.

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  11. Global Health must trump Monsanto and Bioengineering multinational’s Wealth…our future: our children depend on it!!

    ❝ He who passively accepts evil
    is as much involved in it
    as he who helps to perpetrate it.
    He who accepts evil
    without protesting against it
    is really cooperating with it. ❞

    — Martin Luther King

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  12. bridgid mauriss says:

    Hello, I just became aware of a dangerous set of policy riders which the biotech industry was able to get inserted into (and buried within) the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the voluminous 2012 Farm Bill. These riders represent significant changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA), which will create serious risks to farmers, the environment, and public health by forcing the rushed commercialization of genetically engineered crops. They would also eliminate all meaningful review of the effect GMO crops may have on our environment or our health.
    The new riders, would outlaw any review of GE crop impacts based on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or any other environmental law. And no agency other than USDA would be allowed to provide analysis.

    These riders also establish unworkable deadlines and backdoor approvals—if the crops aren’t reviewed and approved within an absurdly short time, they would default to immediate approval and commercialization. This, together with the diminished environmental analysis, simply makes a mockery of USDA’s GMO crop reviews. It is one of the most blatant examples of crony capitalism at work that I have seen.

    I want these riders removed from the Farm Bill.

    Sincerely, Bridgid

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  13. cami says:

    Please stop gmo’s they are so harmful. Keep organic, at all costs.
    Thank you,
    Cami

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  14. Nora Beeman says:

    Evil.

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  15. Ethel Rosen says:

    Are you trying to kill all of us
    Ethel Rosen

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  16. I completely support the DeFazio Amendment which strikes the pro-GMO lanuage from the bill.

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  17. Lynn Morris says:

    WE DON’T WANT GMO FOODS AND KNOW WHEN THEY’RE BEING USED!

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  18. christina noyes says:

    Please keep our food safe from GMO’s and pesticides so our children will have healthy futures.

    Don’t forget the simple saying of, “You are what you eat!”

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  19. RJ says:

    I just get that the Government is only Bought And Paid for, they don’t have friends or family that they care for Just the DOLLAR and don’t want to see them dis-ease free and obviously have their own domed, hydroponic food supplies so that they can Continue the mass de stinktion of the population through their Nazi Agenda 21. Good Luck with that you bunch of satan worshippping canibals!!!
    RJ

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  20. Terry Hughes says:

    I have only one reply for your nonsense about GMO liability and supposed danger. BUTT OUT! and I need one answer, How do you plan to feed the world if GM research is not protected? There is not enough land to grow natural with all the developing hazards (Man made and natural). If things are sooo bad why has life expectancy continued to extend? These attacks are wacko environmentalist and starving lawyer driven, that are driving us past rational progress. The answer seems to be,”0″ population growth and abortions as the way to save humanity. Personally I would rather live with the long life, what ever that might be, with a full stomach of GM, than watch starvation take my family or watch third world babies waste away, ( as I am told everyday is happening, just send 20 dollars a month to save a starving child) money is not food! What I do understand is starving is bad for your health.

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  21. Barbara Anne Nadon says:

    It’s time to stop big business factory farms from continuing to manipulate our food supplies in ways we have not even begun to understand yet. Are these generations fitter and healthier than previous generations, despite access to almost endless supplies of food choices?! It’s not just fast food that’s making us fatter and sicker. A these companies free rein to genetically modify everything we eat is foolish at best, but most likely more dangerous than we believed possible. Say NO to GMO!

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  22. Grace says:

    We all know it is going to happen unless we get some represenatives with a back-bone.
    The GMO know and it is a fact “control the food and you control the world” This is their agenda!
    Not allowing farmers to re-use their own seed and forced to by the GMO,s?? What they have already done in other countries is a shame.

    Making their sterile seeds and forcing farmers to re-purchase from them at big prices, should totally be against the law.
    Think of the people for a change and not the big GMO,s that can poison and even kill the citizens because they have no choice but to buy this poison,

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  23. John says:

    The main thing for people to understand about GMO’s is that: It’s the latest aspect of Eugenics….aka, Social Darwinism. A very complicated subject….but basically, as with putting fluoride in our drinking water…and aspartame in our soft drinks….and chem-trails in our air….and diseases in our innoculations…..etc……there are people….if they can be called that…..who are out to “thin the human herd.” And please don’t laugh this off as a “conspiracy theory”……unfortunately, it’s NOT a theory.

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  24. clara says:

    Stop the demized of human kind

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  25. Jane Goebel says:

    I like food the way it is now and don’t want to eat food that has been adulterated.

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  26. laureen picciani says:

    Many Christians want food the way God designed it. You eat GMO(God Move Over) food and
    leave my food alone and quit terrorizing farmers who do not want your crap and keep it out of their fields. YOU should be prosecuted for invading THEIR fields than sueing them because your
    potentially dangerous crops drift on their farms. You are a disgrace.

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  27. Taylore says:

    We support going back to natural health like god intended. All this GMO stuff is for making money — not for getting healthy.

    This stuff is poison! Do you love your body? please take action against these bills!

    Our websites promote natural remedies and natural solutions. Check us out!

    Be Safe!

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  28. Joel Mednick says:

    We have the right to know what ingredients are in our food.

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  29. elke kappner says:

    Please keep our food natural!
    I say NO to GMO!!!

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  30. Auralia Feifarek says:

    Please support the DeFazio amendment

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  31. jerry says:

    please stop messing with our food we have enough problems with our so called prez to have to worry about what we eat but you ppl are proly in the whole mess destroy america

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  32. George Stacey says:

    Enough is enough.

    All GMO foods ought to be banned. This is corporate greed for profit gone mad.

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  33. Donna Heinlin says:

    Do not include the GMO riders. We should have the right to jnow what ia in our food. As a doctor, you swore do ‘first do no harm’ and this bill, if it includes the GMO riders is harmful to all life forms. Respectfully requesting you do the right thing and not allow the GMO riders to become reality.

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  34. Deborah Ward says:

    Stop messing with the food supplies. We want fresh healthy food without chemicals, insecticides, pesticides and especially that are not GMO’s. Do Not Add or Change the 2012 Farm Bill. These riders represent significant changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA), which will create serious risks to farmers, the environment, and public health by forcing the rushed commercialization of genetically engineered crops. They would also eliminate all meaningful review of the effect GMO crops may have on our environment or our health.

    Support the People and NOT Bio-tech Industry.

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  36. ESTELLE says:

    HOW AND WHERE DO I TAKE ACTION? I’M VERY WORRIED ABOUT GMO’S AND READY TO VOTE AGAINST IT. WHERE DO I VOTE? THIS IS MY FIRST VISIT TO THIS SITE. THANKS. ESTELLE

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  37. tom berry says:

    WE DO NOT NEED MONSTER FOODS—OUR BODIES NEED NATURAL FOODS TO
    BE HEATHY.
    BAN GMO CROPS.

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  38. Debbie Victor says:

    Please support the DeFazio Amendment which would strike the pro-GMO language from the farm bill!

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  39. Vicki Crawford says:

    Please remove the riders from the farm bill.

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  40. Maria Castro says:

    I support the DeFazio Amendment,which would strike the pro-GMO language from the bill. I want these riders removed from the Farm Bill

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  41. Rana Newbury says:

    Please don’t do this, we have no evidence that it is safe. I do not want to unknowingly expose my family to any problem causing agents.

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  42. julie prouty says:

    Please stop poisening our food.

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  43. Martha Corson says:

    Where are the so-called environmentalists with these potentially catastrophic GMO crops, whose genetic changes can wreak havoc in organic or traditional crops?

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  44. Linda Colonel says:

    Please send your messages to Congress TODAY in support the DeFazio Amendment, which would strike the pro-GMO language from the bill! Please Take Action Now!

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  45. Joseph Sapp says:

    Cconsumers need to be informed. If GM foods are better then the industry would want to advertise their presence. Trying to hide the information from the consume shows that the industry is no willing to face the truth that the consumers do not want this product. The government must protect the citizens and not just the corporations.

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  46. Arlie Lavender says:

    You do a great job of letting us know what is happening. Big corp. are always trying to get something through that is obviously to benefit them with total disregard of the people. I think it is appaling that our elected politicians allow themselves to be used by big business for their own greed and power.

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  47. Nancy Morrison says:

    I oppose the bills which allow biotech engineered foods to have temporary permit. Full study on the safety and hazard of genetically modified foods needs to be done. I support the DeFazio ammendment.

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  48. James Hartzog says:

    The public has a right to know what they are eating. I get sick of seeing the American people fight this GMO movement with everything they can muster but yet you continue to do as you please, ignor the people and continue to poison us with your garbage food.

    The American people have had enough. We are getting really upset that noone in Congress, FDA or the Supreme Court care about our demands. Yes, we are not asking you to label GMO food, we are demanding it!!!! The American people are not stupid, some of us may be sleeping but the rest of us can see what is going on. Its obvious this government is trying to kill off its citizens with this tainted food, flouridating our water and lacing our skies with chemtrails. Attacks on the vitamin industry just adds insult to injury. Poisning out children with vaccinations and the list goes on and on.

    When the American people catch wind of the bullshit you are doing there will be hell to pay. beleive me its coming, very soon.

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  49. Dr. Victoria Gardner says:

    Please support this bill.

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