Responding to public outrage, and good old-fashioned common sense, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has introduced an amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill that would repeal the infamous Monsanto Protection Act.
The Monsanto Protection Act, co-written by Monsanto and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), was officially named the Farmers Assurance Program and cloaked as a measure to help farmers. But it’s really just another gift to the biotech industry. The rider, slipped into last year’s emergency spending bill without debate, gives Monsanto immunity from the federal courts – even if the company grows illegally approved, potentially dangerous genetically engineered crops.
There’s no time to waste. The Senate is working on the Farm Bill this week. Please contact your senators today!