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Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Granting Monsanto Power Over US Govt


In the typical slippery nature of Monsanto’s legislation-based actions, the biotech giant is now virtually guaranteed the ability to recklessly plant experimental GM crops without having to worry about the United States government and its subsequent courts. The Monsanto Protection Act buried deep within the budget resolution has passed the Senate, and now nothing short of a presidential veto will put an end to the ruling.

In case you’re not familiar, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what’s known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735 of this bill actually grants Monsanto the immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GM crops that are thought even by the US government to be a danger to health or the environment.

Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Despite Outcry

It is a lobbyist-created recurring nuisance that has been squashed in previous legislation thanks to outcry from not only grassroots but major organizations. Last time we saw The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all come out against the Monsanto Protection Act from the 2012 Farm Bill.


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Comment by Ed Price
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The real danger isn't Monsanto or the Monsanto Protection Act. Sure, what Monsanto is doing is dangerous. But there is a hidden danger in this Act that is much more dangerous than Monsanto or the Act itself. The danger is that a law can be made that is exempt from court overturn and overrule.

The Monsanto Protection Act is NOT a law that is exempt from overrule by the courts. Rather, it is a law that makes it a bit more difficult to fight Monsanto in court. Why? Because the law (if passed) would have to be struck down by the courts before the courts could get to Monsanto. This would take extra time. And knowing the court system, the extra time could amount to years, or even decades.

What if a law could me made that was, itself, exempt from the courts? Laws that exempt a company are a push in that direction. This is the hidden REAL danger. Once a law has been made that exempts itself from court overrule, and such precedent has been set, then we are done as a nation. We become a dictatorship with only civil war remaining to turn us back to freedom.

Stop Monsanto and the Monsanto Protection Act because Monsanto is intruding on private property rights of the nation. But stop them more because they are being used to entirely destroy the American Government and the American way of life.

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