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    'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    This is incredibly disturbing.
    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.
    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
    “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 Center for Food Safety, said in a statement.
    Look at that, democrats and republicans can work together for the benefit of huge corporations with complete disregard for public safety.

    'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision
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    Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    Isn't bipartisanship wonderful? When they want something they can certainly get it done, and when they don't want things done, they certainly know how to pretend to bicker for the fanboys.

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    Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    here's NPR's take :

    Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts? : The Salt : NPR

    But a closer look at the language of the provision suggests it may not be granting the USDA any powers it hasn't already exercised in the past.

    "It's not clear that this provision radically changes the powers USDA has under the law," Greg Jaffe, director of the Biotechnology Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, tells The Salt.

    If you read the provision closely (it's on page 78, Sec. 735, of this PDF), you'll see that it authorizes the USDA to grant "temporary" permission for GMO crops to be planted, even if a judge has ruled that such crops were not properly approved, only while the necessary environmental reviews are completed. That's an authority that the USDA has, in fact, already exercised in the past.
    And for opponents of the new biotech rider, there's this silver lining: Like the rest of the stopgap funding legislation, it expires in six months.

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    Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    Monsanto has been a permanent fixture in our government for a long time. Corporations regularly get appointed to oversee the very thing they protect. Coal mine owners were the favorite appointments of Bush in the Mine Safety Department head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    So, the same rights they had under Bush. Good find.
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    Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    Monsanto the liberal boogey man, BOOOH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy Creek View Post
    So, the same rights they had under Bush. Good find.
    The bill signed yesterday was by Bush. That makes absolutely no sense at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    The bill signed yesterday was by Bush. That makes absolutely no sense at all.
    HR 933 is a current House Resolution by THIS Republican controlled Congress. Please make an effort to understand your government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Monsanto the liberal boogey man, BOOOH!
    Tell us what you know about GMOs.
    Alex Carey:

    ... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

    Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New

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    Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy Creek View Post
    HR 933 is a current House Resolution by THIS Republican controlled Congress. Please make an effort to understand your government.
    Expand on that. First tell me when I said anything like Republicans didnt help shape this bill. Then work on explaining to me how exactly I don't understand our government. Then lastly please make some type of attempt to actually address the post you quoted, or did you accidently quote that?
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