sábado, junio 01, 2013

Monsanto protection act

From the Organic Consumers Association blog/newsletter:

Good Ole’ Boys Block Repeal of Monsanto Protection Act

Surprise. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), with a little help from his friend, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss, pictured), last week blocked an amendment to the Senate version of the Farm Bill that would have repealed theMonsanto Protection Act. (Sen. Blunt helped write the Monsanto Protection Act, and then slipped it into the Continuing Resolution, an emergency spending bill passed by Congress in March.)
Fortunately, the author of the amendment, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore) isn’t giving up. Neither are we. What to do? You can start by calling Sens. Blunt (202-224-5721) and Cochran (202-224-5054). Tell them you want a full debate and vote on the Merkley amendment.
Here’s what Merkley said about the Monsanto Protection Act:
It raises profound questions about the constitutional separation of powers and the ability of our courts to hold agencies accountable to the law and their responsibilities. I can tell you that this process and this policy has provoked outrage across the country.
Please call Senators Cochran (202-224-5054) and Blunt (202-224-5721) today!


Two Steps Back. Full Speed Ahead.

It was one of those weeks. Last week, Senators voted overwhelmingly against an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have guaranteed states’ rights to label GMOs. Two senators blocked an amendment to the Farm Bill that would have repealed the Monsanto Protection Act.
Two steps back.
But there was good news, too. More than two million people across the globe marched against Monsanto. And the New York Timesreported that food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones – that’s good news, because it means that food companies are responding to consumers’ demands for non-GMO foods.

There will always be setbacks. Whether we’re fighting for GMO labeling laws, or the preservation of organic standards. Whether we’re fighting against fracking and factory farms, or for stricter regulations on pesticides. The victories, large and small, inspire us. The setbacks reignite our passions, sharpen our focus. And propel us forward. With your help, it’s full speed ahead. Thank you!

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