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Food Democracy Now! Drives More than Half a Million Actions to Demand Congress Kill Monsanto Protection Act in Stop-Gap Spending Deal

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on September 24, 2013 - 12:29pm

WASHINGTON, DC -- As Congress debates a last minute stop-gap spending measure to keep the government running, thousands of farmers and concerned citizens from around the country are demanding that the Senate strip the Monsanto Protection Act from any final legislative deal. The Monsanto Protection Act (section 735), a provision that circumvents court authority to stop the planting and cultivation of GMO crops, was set to expire at the end of September, but its inclusion in Continuing Resolution (HJ.Res.59) by House Republicans, which passed by a vote of 230-189, would keep the provision as law through the end of the year.

As the stop-gap spending package heads to the Senate, Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens, are urging their Senators to strip the controversial GMO protection measure from the bill. In the last six months, over a half-a-million Food Democracy Now! members have taken action opposing the Monsanto Protection Act, with over 40,000 calls placed to members of Congress in the last week alone.

“If allowed to pass again this dangerous provision could eventually become permanent, allowing Monsanto to succeed in stripping judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested GMO crops,” explained Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!. “Earlier this summer, Senator Debbie Stabenow promised to not extend the Monsanto Protection Act, while Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) actually apologized for allowing the rider in HR 933. It's time to remind them to keep their word and Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act for good!”

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