Update: Last Friday, on Sept 20th, the House of Representatives once again betrayed the trust of America's farmers and everyday citizens when they passed the Continuing Resolution (H.J.RES.59) containing the Monsanto Protection Act. Rather than remove Section 735, House Republican leaders kept the language from the Monsanto Protection Act intact in the must pass spending bill, which members of the House passed 230 to 189. (See how your member voted below).
Right now we need to put on as much pressure on the Senate as possible to make sure they remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the current stop-gap spending bill as Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) promised earlier this summer. The language of the Monsanto Protection Act was set to expire on Sept 30, but could be extended until Dec 15th if the Senate does not act!
The vote is scheduled to take place this week and we need your help to make sure it doesn't pass again.
We've had an overwhelming response from Food Democracy Now! members making calls but we need to keep the pressure on! Please sign and Make a Call today!
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!
Please Keep Calling, You're Having an Impact!
3. We've confirmed that a bill to try to pre-empt state GMO labeling efforts will be introduced by Congressman Fred Upton's (R-MI), who is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. If you support GMO labeling at the state level, please let his office know you disapprove of any bill that would steal state's rights to label GMOs - call (202) 225-3761.
Update on Upton: For the past 2 weeks, calls being made to Congressman Fred Upton's office (R-MI) have been met with claims that Congressman Upton is "not introducing" a bill to pre-empt state GMO labeling.
On Friday a Food Democracy Now! member reported what several sources in DC have already confirmed: the House is considering introducing a bill that would nullify state's rights to label genetically engineered foods.
Report from Food Democracy Now! member:
"I just called Congressman Upton's office and they claim he is not introducing any language into any bill about GMO's, but the committee he is on may be. I told her that if GMO's were so great why wouldn't the people who agree with them want them on the label. She said, 'good point'."
We need you to keep calling your members of Congress to make sure this does not happen! We've already won GMO labeling bills in Maine and Connecticut this year and Washington State could pass this fall.
Background on the Monsanto Protection Act
Called the "Farmer Assurance Provision" by biotech lobbyists and Congress, the Monsanto Protection Act was slipped into the previous spending bill in a backroom deal between a handful of Senators and Representatives and Monsanto in an effort to circumvent successful legal challenges to the corrupt regulatory process at the USDA.
In the past 6 months alone, two separate contamination events of GMO wheat in an Oregon farmer's field and earlier this month of GMO alfalfa in Washington state prove how harmful the corporate handout of the Monsanto Protection Act is to America's family farmers.
Right now is the critical window where we need to stand together to stop Monsanto and these corrupt corporations from trying to betray our basic democratic rights once again.
Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
Find out how your Representative Voted on the Continuing Resolution that Contains the Monsanto Protection Act.
1. "H.J.Res. 59: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014", Govtrack.us, September 20, 2013.