Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act

In what seems to be an undeniable message that corporations can get around consumer safety protections by lobbying and buying politicians in power, Obama has signed the Monsanto Protection Act. Here are 5 reasons why this bill will make your blood boil:

 

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. 

2. The provision's language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto. Lawmakers and companies working together to craft legislation is by no means a rare occurrence in this day and age, but the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually 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. Another example of Congress bowing down to corporations while putting America's public health at risk. 

3. Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the "Monsanto Protection Act" even existed within the bill they were voting on. It was hidden within a bill aimed at averting a government shutdown.

4. The president did nothing to stop it. 

5. It sets a terrible precedent. Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it send is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggest that court challenges are a privilege, not a right. 

Main Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-know-about-hr-933-provision-1156079

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