Late last night President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act. Here are a few things to know.
While activists and conscientious consumers everywhere feel disappointed, let it be known that this isn’t the first time our President has stood down and kept quiet as Monsanto and similar organizations had their way. His words from 2007 simply haven’t matched up to his actions on this issue over the years:
So what is a GMO? And is it really so bad that 80% of processed foods in America contain them? Yes, it is. Especially when you consider that the term “processed food” does not simply refer to the bags of potato chips or the racks of candy bars at the checkout counter, take these foods for instance: corn, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, rice, soybean, oils, salmon. If you consistently eat any foods from that list (even if you grew them yourself) there’s a chance you’ve ingested GMOs. Check out this video:
Reuters put it this way:
“The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week – including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.”
What this means is that even in the face of science-based evidence highlighting the dangers of such foods to both animals and humans, Monsanto, a monstrous group that brought Agent Orange to Vietnam and labels itself “A Sustainable Agriculture Company” is essentially protected from litigation. But that’s not all. The bill, for at least the next 6 months, also shuts down the government’s ability to halt the planting and selling of GMO seed crop even if additional science-based health risks are made evident. Which they will be.
How did this happen? Well, as many Americans were caught up fighting against or fighting for human equality, the provision was slipped into HR 933, a short-term funding bill to help avoid a government shutdown. Many state senators weren’t even aware that this provision was part of the bill they were voting on.
The Washington Post article titled, Frankenveggies: Monsanto Protection Act passes Senate, shows one likely reason of many as to why this all happened:
“Many view the passing of this provision as the result of effective lobbying by Monsanto and Political Action Groups (PACs) that support genetically engineered crops. According to MapLight, since January 1, 2009, PACs that support genetically engineered crops have donated $7.5 million to the campaigns of current members of Congress and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.”
Here’s a more in-depth (10-minute) video about GMOs and their impact on animal and human health:
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