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Early this month Roy Blunt hid language protecting Monsanto from judicial review of its GMO regardless of the consequences to Human health, Congress passed it without knowing what the bill said and Obama signed it

1.) “The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.” (Studies have revealed severe adverse health effects related to the consumption of genetically modified foods.)
Monsanto has a track record around the globe of putting its profits ahead of health concerns and there have been both toxins and birth defects traced back to its international campaign to deregulate safety provisions for food and drugs.
2.) “The provision’s language was written in collusion with Monsanto… the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, is stunning.”
The language makes it clear that Monsanto expects its product to be harmful to consumers and Congress just another regulatory authority to be bribed into looking the other way
3.) “Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ existed within the bill they were voting on.” HR 933 was a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown.
A Congress that allows lobbyists to write legislation and or suggest language and amendments which get buried in bills that nobody reads does more damage to this country than any terrorist act of sabotage and ought to be treated accordingly.
“In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the the Center for Food Safety said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”
Unfortunately it is the kind of "leadership" we have come to expect not only from Republican operatives and saboteurs dedicated to inserting poison pills into every piece of legislation that manages to make it to their desks but even Democrats who see corporate welfare earmarked for their districts as a plus regardless of what the legislation does.
4.) “On Tuesday, Obama signed HR 933 while the rest of the nation fixated on gay marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument concerning California’s Proposition 8.” (250,000 voters signed a petition opposing the provision.)
Obama has a lot of stuff on his plate that is not unimportant and a Congress that is nothing if not obstructionist from which he needs every vote but there ought to be enough staff checking legislation for bombs in the luggage of those on the Congressional no fly list like Blunt that this sort of thing should not be allowed to get through the gate.
5.) The precedent, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer protections and safety. It suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right.)
It suggests whatwe have here is a failure to communicate
Opponents of the provision say it was jammed through Congress without a proper hearing in relevant committees. I wonder why that would be….
Hidden Provision (deep into a homeland security section)
Its ironic that Homeland Security legislation would be the port of entry for this weapon of mass destruction, but if we can't get gun control after Newtown you have to wonder if the damage being done is accidental.
Carl Gibson explains the anatomy of this secret slip. “Thanks to Monsanto’s aggressive lobbying, Congress hid a provision deep into a homeland security section of their recently passed budget, by way of a long-winded paragraph loaded with indecipherable legalese.” The legalese, however, has a purpose. It allows the agribusiness giant to plant genetically-modified (GM) crops without judicial review, judicial review aimed at determining whether or not their crops are unsafe. “Essentially, Monsanto bought enough influence to bypass the system of checks and balances.”
Even had it allowed judicial review the Federalist Society has managed to stack the courts with judges whose sense of justice is equivalent to the savants on the science committee who are in denial of global warming, evolution and mathematics.
“Although Obama said in 2007 that he would “immediately” work to label GM foods if elected, Obama in 2012 appointed a Monsanto executive as his administration’s food safety czar.” No wonder the bill slipped in, paving the way for mutant food to hit the grocery store shelves without any obstacles.
Like the Right wing school boards revison of textbooks to put creationism and intelligent design on a level playing field with evolution and science and the state legislatures making war on women, undocumented immigrants and voting rights, the refusal to confirm appointments for the Obama administration has left a decision making process full of Bush Administration stay behinds busily deregulating every department of the executive branch. It got "slipped in" about the same way date rape drugs find their way into cocktails.
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  •  Ouch. (6+ / 0-)
    Obama in 2012 appointed a Monsanto executive as his administration’s food safety czar.” No wonder the bill slipped in, paving the way for mutant food to hit the grocery store shelves without any obstacles.
    It still depresses the hell out of me that the promise of gene splicing has been squandered and perverted.  Just because we had the ability to mix-n-match DNA, it by no means had to follow that the techniques would be used almost exclusively to generate toxins and/or toxin tolerance.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:35:42 AM PDT

    •  Homeland Security needs to keep an eye on Congress (3+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp, blueoasis, NoMoreLies

      I'm not mad or depressed or frustrated. Because of climate change we are already dead men walking but in the end perhaps we will get even.

      I see us headed down the road to a society that is discovering cures for cancer and heart disease so that genetically mutated Monsanto and other corporate execs can develop gills and a fondness for the hellish environments in which they will live forever.

      Politically its gotten to the point where the only way Obama can get anyone confirmed for an appointment to anything is to get the backing of some special interest that can negotiate with the lobbyists for all the other special interests the way we used to think politicians negotiated with other politicians.

      I'd like to see an Executive Order defining corporations that sabotage legislation so as to create WMD's as terrorists and programing the drones accordingly.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:05:54 AM PDT

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  •  How do you hide language in a bill? (2+ / 0-)
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    sceptical observer, FarWestGirl

    What are all those congressional staffers for if none of them are charged with reading legislation?

  •  May 25th is the day (5+ / 0-)

    There's a March Against Monsanto and it will be worldwide. Mark your calendars and bring some clean food to eat and share.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Monsanto Protection Act? (3+ / 0-)
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    misslegalbeagle, MGross, 1BQ

    Hard to claim this was hidden in the bill when it was blasted across social media for weeks before the vote, and it was part of the Farm Bill that failed to pass last year.

    The language makes it clear that Monsanto expects its product to be harmful to consumers and Congress just another regulatory authority to be bribed into looking the other way
    The language makes it clear that this bill is an attempt to prevent the anti-GMO crusaders from finding favorable judges to overturn approval of GM crops, that the USDA and FDA have approved as being safe for production, solely on the basis of technicalities in the environmental impact assessment process.

    This has happened twice before in recent history, in the case of GM alfalfa and sugar beets, where farmers already had crops planted and a judge ruled that they would have to destroy them. The USDA used its existing authority to put a hold on the enforcement of the judge's ruling, and the crops were later approved again.  So this is nothing new for USDA, it is just codifying a power they have already used in the past.

    •  Stop getting your facts in my moral outrage! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  The USDA came through for Monsanto? (0+ / 0-)
      This has happened twice before in recent history, in the case of GM alfalfa and sugar beets, where farmers already had crops planted and a judge ruled that they would have to destroy them. The USDA used its existing authority to put a hold on the enforcement of the judge's ruling, and the crops were later approved again.  

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 02:17:39 PM PDT

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      •  No, the USDA came through for farmers (0+ / 0-)

        who had already invested time and money in their crop. Farmers can't just change course in the middle of a season. Sometimes they can plant another crop, but not always, and that just adds to their expense, when most struggle to make a living even in the best of times.

        Besides, it is not like the judge found any evidence of unsafe products.  If that had been the case, even with the recently passed bill, the product would most likely have been recalled/destroyed.

  •  ALL OF TJE ABOVE (0+ / 0-)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:21:47 AM PDT

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