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Senate Caves on Monsanto Protect Act, Monsanto Wins!

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on March 21, 2013 - 4:33am

Take action today to stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

Tell Congress: "Vote for Peoples' Rights not Corporations!"

SOS: Last Chance to Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

We regret to inform you, but yesterday Monsanto succeeded in passing Section 735, otherwise known as the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Senate. This is outrageous and another sign of the betrayal of toxic leadership in Washington DC.

Last night, a super majority of the U.S. Senate (73 to 26) passed the Continuing Resolution HR 933 that contained the dangerous provision that strips the important concept of “judicial review” from our courts.

The House must confirm the Senate’s amendment of Continuing Resolution and we need your help to stop this outrage!

The vote is taking place right now on the House floor!

Tell Congress to block the Monsanto Protection Act, Contact your Member of Congress to say NO a blank check for Monsanto! Every voice counts!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_seize_congress/

The passage of Section 735 strikes a major blow against America’s constitution, farmers and the environment that undermines our basic democratic rights in favor of continued corporate welfare and failed oversight of GMO crops.

As Food Democracy Now! and our allies alerted you this past week, Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act, gives Monsanto and other biotech companies a blank check that allows them to undermine our constitution and plant their untested crops while they are under court review.

Even if their new GMO crops are ultimately proven to be harmful to human health or the environment, Section 735 allows them to be planted the minute the USDA approves them!

The bad news, currently 13 new crops are awaiting approval at the USDA and AquaBounty’s GMO salmon is on the verge of being approved by the FDA.

If the House passes the Senate amendments to the Continuing Resolution HR 933, the floodgates are literally open for Monsanto, DuPont and Dow Chemical’s new GMO crops that are resistant to more toxic chemicals like 2,4-D, Agent Orange and dicamba that will replace failing Roundup Ready GMO crops, that have created a new generation of superweeds.

According to legal experts, this provision would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review and is a dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards needed to protect America’s farmers, eaters and the environment from the wanton approval of Monsanto's new GMO crops.

This is a State of Emergency for Farmers and the Environment

We need YOU to do 2 Things right Now!

1. Click here to send an email to your Representative and Senators to Block the Monsanto Protection Act!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_seize_congress/

These emails are targeted directly to the appropriate aides' inboxes and will not stop until we have a promise that Section 735, or the Monsanto Protection Act, has been stripped from the Continuing Resolution spending bill that the Senate and the House must both mutually agree upon.

Right now, the House is p voting on the Senate’s version and we need you to take action and spread the word to your family and friends.

2. Make a Call to your Member of Congress and both Senators.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/call/Monsanto_declares_war_on_America/

We know phone calls are sometimes tough, but the 13 new crop approvals waiting in the wings are worse! Please take the extra 2 minutes today. You might be nervous. We understand.

We provided a super easy script to follow. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to stand out in the cold like our brave soldiers did at Valley Forge to defeat the Red Coats.

All we’re asking is you take a few minutes to make a phone call to Congress.

Heck, it’s fun. It’s easy! And it’s a whole lot better to losing our Constitution to the likes of Monsanto, DuPont or Dow Chemical.

Be Friendly Y'all!

Remember we also want to thank Senator Tester and his co-sponsors Senators Boxer, Gillibrand, Leahy, Begich and Blumenthal for introducing an amendment to strip Section 735 from the bill.

If you live in Montana, California, New York, Vermont, Alaska or Connecticut be sure to thank them!

At this point, it’s pretty clear that you and your friends could be the last line of defense democracy has in protecting family farmers, eaters and the environment from Monsanto’s out of control lobbying efforts.

It’s time to make a stand!

Tell Congress to block the Monsanto Protection Act - It’s time that our elected officials start putting our rights over the profits of Monsanto and biotech companies. Every voice counts!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_seize_congress/

Let your Senators and Congressperson know that their actions are not going unnoticed.

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

Background:

1. “H.R. 933: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year (On Passage of the Bill)” March 20, 2013

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/s44?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack/

2. “House Votes to Prevent Government Shutdown, Support Troops and Veterans”, March 6, 2013

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=322361

3. “Monsanto Protection Act, Section 735 Language from Senate Continuing Resolution, HR 933,” Passed Senate vote 73-26, March 20, 2013  Page 80

http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130318/BILLS-112h933-SAmdt-Ver2.PDF

4. “Sen. Tester: Who Put These Agribiz-Friendly Riders into This Unrelated Bill?” Mother Jones, March 15, 2013

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/03/yet-again-agribiz-sneaks-friendly-riders-unrelated-bill

5. "‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles ", Grist, June 29, 2012

http://grist.org/industrial-agriculture/monsanto-protection-act-would-keep-gmo-crops-in-the-ground-during-legal-battles-3/

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