Monsanto Protection Act: What Will This Do To Food Costs?
Let’s set aside for a moment you have no opinion (or even support) that genetically modified or genetically engineered foods are a good or bad thing thing. Let’s also assume that you think Monsanto is even a good corporate citizen or you have no opinion about them.
Monsanto and its colleagues are lobbying the US Senate for a special provision that will make them above the law and hard for the US government to do any regulatory supervision.
Is this wise to give a handful of corporations a choke-hold over our food supply, regardless of whether they are angelic, demonic or indifferent in their corporate conduct?
Giving favoritism or special laws in favor of a few is how monopolies happen. And monopolies destroy true price finding. Initially they might lower price to get a foothold on their sector. They do this in part to squeeze out competition. Once they think they have a centralized roll, the main players, then they use that to raise prices within that sector.
Let’s look at the current economic mess which in part was created by the Wall Street. We saw (and are feeling) the harm when a few gets centralized power over an industry segment. In the case of the financial fiasco caused by the Wall Street liar loans, derivatives mess, etc., now our U.S. Attorney General told a U.S. Senate Committee recently that they are too large to prosecute for their alleged crimes because of the harm that might do to our economy and the world’s economy.
What do you think will happen to the cost of the world’s food supply if Monsanto and minions have things so deregulated that they are their own government and above the law?
Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Syngenta now control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market. Although Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow were under antitrust investigation into possible anti-competitive practices in the US seed market (soy, cotton and corn) since 2010, last year the Obama administration just quietly dropped that investigation. Do you think that helped out the family farmer?
Do you think that it is somewhat hypocritical that the opponents (Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Chemical and cohorts) of California Prop 37 Food Referendum, who claimed (arguably falsely) that food labeling would substantially raise food prices during a time of economic troubles are now trying to do actions that will help them gain more of a market share and influence food prices?
So be aware of what is going on from just an economic aspect with our food supply. Monsanto and colleagues are not asking for this “special status” unless it means more of an economic advantage for them. Just because they’re upset that a federal judge held them to the law (in the judge’s opinion) is no reason for them to be given royalty status or be placed above the law. If they don’t like the judge’s ruling then appeal it. That what citizens and other corporations have to do. Whereas the little man or small business can’t afford an appeal, Monsanto and cohorts are far from being paupers.
Consider signing a petition to the US Senate which objects to Monsanto and cohorts getting special privileges that would allow them to have more power in the marketplace and place them above the law, not within the system. Read Mr. Gucciardi’s excellent reporting on this topic below.–No Name Attorney
March 14th, 2013
Updated 03/14/2013 at 4:47 am
There truly is no rest for the wicked, and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act‘, managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.
It’s a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don’t gather enough support to force our Senators to eliminate the section. It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.
A massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks:
If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.
Monsanto Protection Act Trumps US Government
Federal courts would be powerless to regulate the sale and even cultivation of illegal and dangerous GMO crops, succumbing instead to the power of the biotech industry and Monsanto. The same threat we faced last summer during the initial emergence of this act. During that time, we saw major groups assemble against the act, from national farm institutions to food safety titans. The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all came together to speak out against the incognito bombshell slipped into the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.