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URGENT: Make a call to Stop the Monsanto Protection Act today!

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.

These riders, which we dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act" last year,
   would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and
   planting of an illegal and potentially hazardous GMO crop.
See backstory, justification, urgency, details below fold.

Urgent action summary: call & tell your Senators to support the Tester amendment, #74 --- and to demand removal of the biotech rider (Sec. 735) in the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill.

[1]Take action today to stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

       [3]Tell your Senator: "Vote for Peoples' Rights not Corporations!"

   URGENT: Make a call to Stop the Monsanto Protection Act today!

   Last week we sent an urgent alert reporting that once again Monsanto is
   working behind closed doors to corrupt our basic democratic rights.

   Senator Mikulski (D-MD) has introduced an outrageous rider giving a blank
   check to Monsanto and other corporations to plant illegal genetically
   engineered crops and it could be voted on as early as this afternoon!

   This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed Continuing
   Resolution and we're extremely disappointed to see that Senator Mikulski
   has included it in the Senate version.

  The good news is that thanks to our pressure Senator Tester has introduced
   an amendment (#74), co-sponsored by Senators Boxer, Gillibrand, and Leahy,
   to strike the rider from the Continuing Resolution!

   We need your help to make sure that the Senate passes the Tester amendment
   to stop this biotech rider today.

   [4]Click here to make a call to stop the Monsanto Protection Act in its
   tracks!

   Background:

   Last week, biotech lobbyists once again succeeded in slipping the
   dangerous biotech rider (Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution
   spending bill in an effort to strip federal courts of their authority to
   halt the sale and planting of any illegaly, potentially hazardous GMO
   crop.

   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.

   For the past year, Food Democracy Now! and our allies have been able to
   hold them off, but we need your help today!

   [5]The Monsanto Protection Act could pass as early as this afternoon and
   we need your help today. Click here to tell your Senators to support the
   Tester amendment, #74, to stand up for your rights and the Constitution!

   http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...

   These riders, which we dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act" last year,
   would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and
   planting of an illegal and potentially hazardous GMO crop.

  As they did last summer, these new provisions, called "riders", would
   allow biotech companies to continue to sell their unapproved seeds to
   farmers, who could plant them while important legal appeals are taking
   place, instead of halting the planting of the unapproved crop until the
   court settled the appeal as has been done up until now.

   According to legal experts, this provision "would create a
   precedent-setting limitation on judicial review" and is a "dangerous
   assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards".

   If allowed to pass, the Monsanto Protection Act would:

     * Violate the constitutional precedent of separation of powers by
       interfering with the process of judicial review.
     * Eliminate federal agency oversight to protect farmers, consumers and
       the environment from potential harms caused by unapproved biotech
       crops.
     * Allow Monsanto and biotech seed and chemical companies to profit by
       overriding the rule of law and plant their untested GMO crops despite
       no proof of their safety for the public and environment.

   Click on the link below to Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls on Twitter.
   [6][IMG][7]Thank on Twitter

   Click on the link below to Stop Monsanto's GMO Trolls on Facebook.

   [8][IMG][9]Thank on Facebook

    Spread the word and share this with your friends!

   [10]Monsanto Senate Trolls

  If allowed to pass, the Monsanto Protection Act will open farmers and
   the agricultural economy to very real and significant harm from
   cross-contamination events. Currently, the Plant Protection Act requires
   the USDA to regulate GMO crops to protect "the agriculture, environment
   and economy of the United States". As a result of previous lawsuits, the
   USDA is required to complete court-mandated environmental impact
   statements (EIS) prior to the sale and planting of GMO crops, but even the
   USDA has shown little regard for this law.

   [11]Click here to stop the Monsanto Protection Act and tell your Senator
   to stand up for your rights and the Constitution!

   Now, the new provision included in the Senate Continuing Resolution
   spending bill will allow biotech seed and chemical companies to openly
   skirt even minimal protections of human health and environmental concerns.

   We need your help to make sure your Senator demands that Appropriations
   Chairman Mikulski pulls this dangerous and unconstitutional rider, and
   support any amendment that would strike the biotech rider from the new
   Continuing Resolution.

   [12]Join Food Democracy Now! and our allies to help stop the Monsanto
   Protection Act. It's time that our elected officials start putting our
   rights over the profits of Monsanto and biotech companies.

   Thanks for participating in food democracy,

   Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! Team

   Background:

   "`Monsanto Protection Act' would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal
   battles ", Grist, June 29, 2012

   [13]http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...

References

   Visible links
   1. Tell Congress to Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   2. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   3. Tell Congress to Label GMOs!
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   4. Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   5. Stop Monsanto's GMO trolls in the U.S. Senate
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   6. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   7. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   8. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
   9. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
  11. Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
  12. Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
        http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...
  13. http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/...

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