Time to Call Senators: Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act
The Monsanto Protection Act is in both houses of Congress. Monsanto supporters put the provision as a rider on pending Appropriations legislation. This rider, which could become legislation with a positive vote, puts Monsanto above the law. The judicial system would lose its power to question or rule on their activities when they violate regulatory provisions or statutes in introducing new GMOs into the marketplace.
You and I have to obey traffic laws, criminal laws, civil laws, etc. or we face penalties, judgments or possibly incarceration. Can you explain to me why a special sub-segment of an industry should not face what we face? Is that fairness or justice?
Apparently the vote in the Senate for what’s been labeled the Monsanto Protection Act will happen on next Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Please contact your two Senators and tell them you want them to support the Tester Amendment 74 regarding the Monsanto Rider.
If you think your phone call is a waste of time, you’re wrong! In the early portion of my career I worked in two Congressmen’s offices. Congressional staff members collect number of phone calls on pending legislation (support or against) and report them to their boss.
Here is a list of all U. S. Senators, their state and phone numbers: U.S. Senator Phone Directory. If you want to be effective, then only call the Senators from your state. Even if you can get though to the staff of the other Senators, they probably will count your call in their talley. –No Name Attorney
Action Alert: We Have 1 Week Or Less to Stop Genetically Engineered Foods and Destruction of the Separation of Powers
Posted on March 20, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog
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Bill Would Strip Courts of Power … And Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates
America has been decimated by the breakdown of the separation of powers between different branches of government. For example, the executive branch is negotiating laws in secret – and grabbing powers – without telling Congress.And life-and-death decisions about who the government labels an “enemy combatant” and assassinates are being kept away from the judges altogether.At the same time, government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they’re really eating.
Remember, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).Things are about to get a lot worse within the next week … unless we stand up and say “NO!”Specifically, a law has been snuck into the Agriculture Appropriations bill – which will be approved by March 27th – which would destroy the separation of powers by stripping courts of the power to challenge genetically modified foods.How?The “Monsanto Rider” (section 735) uses “farmer-friendly” happy talk, but is an iron-fisted ploy to allow GMO crops to be planted even if a court has ruled that planting them is illegal.If the United States Department of Agriculture – which suffered “regulatory capture” by the big food companies decades ago – approves a genetically modified food without any testing, a court can enjoin (i.e. halt) production of that food until testing occurs.Yet the Monsanto Rider would strip the courts of power, and would allow GMO crops to be planted and put in our food … no matter what a judge has ruled.As the Weston Price Foundation notes:
If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa and GMO sugar beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and commercialization while further review takes place.Here’s a good summary of the bill.