A law has been put into the Agriculture Appropriations
bill -- which will be approved by March 27th -- which would destroy
the separation of powers by stripping courts of the power to challenge
genetically modified foods.
The "Monsanto Rider" (section 735) uses "farmer-friendly" happy talk,
but is an iron-fisted ploy to allow GMO crops to be planted even if a
court has ruled that planting them is illegal.
If the United States Department of Agriculture -- which suffered
"regulatory capture" by the big food companies decades ago -- approves
a genetically modified food without any testing, a court can enjoin
(i.e. halt) production of that food until testing occurs.
Yet the Monsanto Rider would strip the courts of power, and would
allow GMO crops to be planted and put in our food " no matter what a
judge has ruled.
As the Weston Price Foundation notes:
If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law and require
further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have
concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa and GMO sugar
beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution and
allow continued planting and commercialization while further review
Senator Tester has introduced an amendment to kill the Monsanto Rider.
Tester's amendment -- Amendment 74 -- is backed by Senators Boxer,
Gillibrand, and Leahy.
Amendment 74 will help to keep genetically engineered foods out of
your food " and help to preserve the Constitutional principal of
separation of powers.
It is urgent that you call your senators today " and tell them
to vote for Senator Tester's Amendment 74 to the Agriculture
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