44 votes

Monsanto rider: New bill could make biotech companies immune to courts

If passed, an amendment in the Agricultural Appropriations Bill will not just allow, but require the secretary of agriculture to grant permits for planting or cultivating GM crops – even if a federal court has given an injunction against it.

Basically, all Monsanto and other biotech companies have to do is ask and the industry gets its way. Issues like crop contamination, damage to farmers or consumers, courts orders or USDA studies all go out the window and the biotech industry cashes in.

Organizations like Food Democracy Now are in a panic, calling all to petition against the bill, which they say “fundamentally undermines the concept of judicial review and would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.”

Representative Peter DeFazio has been trying to push through an amendment that would kill the havoc-wreaking rider. He has the support of organizations like Organic Consumers Associations, Center for Food Safety and others. Their warnings have been circulating the web, gathering attention and support – but will they be enough to sway the House?

http://rt.com/usa/news/monsanto-bill-immunity-court-862/

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

We cannot allow this bill to pass

It is always harder to overturn a law than stop it dead in it's tracks.
Lets stop it now lets put the word out.

Just as a point of reference. . .

Amendment 1:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The last line says it all about this bill... This rider would prohibit citizens from petitioning the government for a redress of grievances.

Court orders or 'other provisions of law' which are temporarily nulified are often made to redress property rights issues.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5973/text (sec 733)

Congressman Jack Kingston: R-Georgia. Monsanto's Congressman of the year... Oathbreaker.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

War on Health - Gary Null's documentary exposing the FDA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0CQrL5nzwo&feature=player_em...!

Scientists Create GM Corn Which Prevents Human Conception

Robin McKie
Science Editor
The Observer - London
September 9, 2001

Scientists have created the ultimate GM crop: contraceptive corn. Waiving fields of maize may one day save the world from overpopulation.

The pregnancy prevention plants are the handiwork of the San Diego biotechnology company Epicyte, where researchers have discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm.

By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives.

"We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies," said Epicyte president Mitch Hein.

"We have also created corn plants that make antibodies against the herpes virus, so we should be able to make a plant-based jelly that not only prevents pregnancy but also blocks the spread of sexual disease."

Contraceptive corn is based on research on the rare condition, immune infertility, in which a woman makes antibodies that attack sperm.

"Essentially, the antibodies are attracted to surface receptors on the sperm," said Hein. "They latch on and make each sperm so heavy it cannot move forward. It just shakes about as if it was doing the lambada."

Normally, biologists use bacteria to grow human proteins. However, Epicyte decided to use corn because plants have cellular structures that are much more like those of humans, making them easier to manipulate. .......
http://www.biotech-info.net/conception.html

sterile for life
If this isn't a good reason to overcome these monsters-there aren't any better

Not just this amendment, but this whole bill is bad!

As if subsidizing Monsanto thru this bill were not enough! That is what has happened with past "Farm Bills" The Government subidizes the farmers, mainly big farms that use GMO's and roundup (patented by Monsatan, er uh I mean Monsanto)
I will bet that Dr Paul will vote NO on this bill with or without the amendment.
The sad thing is that groups like Food Democracy Now will cheerlead this if the ammnendment fails (even though I also want it to) just like they did with the "Food Safety Bill" after the Tester ammendment was passed, even though it call for additional hiring of FDA agents to harass small farmers.
I am a farmer and I would rather forgo the subsidizing and let the free market drive the price. This is one reason Organic food is more expensive, convenstional (chemical GMO) food is artifically cheap because of bills like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-0u...
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

That farm bill... I see what you mean

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/us/politics/house-agricult...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thnx for that added insight

I did read the particular section for myself, but admittedly I didn't give any thought to what might be in the rest of the bill!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

The Agriculture Secretary should have no power to issue permits

So you're complaining that the Secretary will not be able to exercise a regulatory power (the power to prevent crops from being planted) that he does not legitimately possess anyway.

The federal government does not legitimately possess the power to tell me what crops I can plant. Full stop.

The 14th amendment incorporates the 5th amendment against the states. So the states do not legitimately possess the power to tell me what crops I can plant. Second full stop.

your forgetting something

Liberty lovers agree the goverment should not be interfering with our lives SO LONG AS WE DO NOT HARM OTHERS The problem is Monsanto and other bio-tech companies ARE harming others!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-0u...

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

So the solution is more government? Come on.

Let me get this straight. People are upset because an industry is trying to gain freedom to operate and remove power from the federal government to dictate what can and can not be planted? The comments about the Pharma companies getting away with putting out bad products is spot on, but that is a different issue. A company should be allow to produce any product they want, but should be responsible for damages. I think the better solution is to just get rid of the FDA and USDA and have private firms be responsible for determining if a product is safe or not. Let's talk about solving problems with more freedom and property rights rather than more government control for your special interest.

Possession is 9/10ths of the problem



"There was a high wall there
That tried to stop me
A sign was painted that said "Private Property"
But on the other side it didn’t say nothin
That side was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?"

--Woody Guthrie, "This Land Is Your Land"

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s&feature=related


The problem is. . .

The problem is that the addition to this law apparently allows companies like Monsanto to advance their own business interests while the property rights of individuals are supressed. It allows citizens no due process to have their property grievances redressed by a court.

So when the wind blows the GMO seeds onto the property of the organic farmer not only does the organic farmer have no way to legally deal with the fact that his crop is ruined and his property corrupted... but the GMO company is free to demand payment from him when those patented GMO seeds start to sprout on his property.

This law will potentially render void the property rights of individual farmers that don't want to buy or use these patented GMO products.

So this isn't about outlawing or regulating GMOs... Its not about taking power from the FDA. Its about stripping away the rights of individuals.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

You got it.

But the situation is actually much worse for the organic farmers: Monsanto doesn't merely "demand payment" for crops contaminated with their patented GMOs -- they sue the organic farmers for patent infringement. And buy up the land of those they run out of business.

Monsanto isn't about "free enterprise." They collect massive subsidies, and they use the legal system to grind down their competition. Fascist business model in action.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Some people just don't understand the ...

...terrible, Republic-crushing power of monopoly. So sad.

YES...because we have become a nation of IMMORAL AND GREEDY THUGS we now need the government to intervene to stop monopolistic practices such as those routinely pursued by Big-Pharma and Big-Agra--practices that now even literally threaten the very survival of the human race.

We desperately need to put corporations back in their Constitutionally-limited boxes...i.e. we MUST re-assert the rights of individuals--yes, including that dirty "leftist notion" of "public health" (but not the Corporatist, Rockefeller/eugenists' seizure of the term)--over so-called "corporate rights."

Some of you desperately need to read some Ida Tarbell...Google her. Without a true understanding of the destructive power of monopoly and oligopoly the liberty movement can never hope to repair the damage.

Steve Martin
Host, The Aroostook Watchmen Radio Show
780 AM in Monticello, 1700 AM in Lewiston, 88.1 FM in Westbrook, 88.1 FM in Orono, 96.5 FM in Brewer, 96.5 FM in Bangor, Maine.
mepatriot@juno.com
207-532-3635
AroostookWatchmen.com

-------------
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Adams, Charles Francis, ed. "The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: Volume IX." Boston: Little, Brown, 1854, p. 229.]

"Truth is an absolute defense to the charge of paranoia."

Not the Way I see it

They aren't trying to gain freedom to operate like an ordinary company. These creeps have killed thousands of people and possibly hundreds of thousands. They are messing with a delicate eco-system and modifying it in ways that could be disasterous.. Their corn is already crossing with normal corn and turning it all into GMO corn and THEN they have the nerve to sue whoever has the altered corn(through no fault of their own)for patent infringement. Research it!

skippy

right

Liberty lovers agree the goverment should not be interfering with our lives so long as we do not harm others. The problem is Monsanto and other bio-tech companies ARE harming others!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-0u...

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

Fine with me so long as we

reinstate states' rights with respect to corporate charters. (See my comment below on the Hidden History of Corporations in the United States.)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

How can u make a company immune!!!!??????

This is OUT OF HAND. Welcome to Nazi Germany 2.0.

Who in the world would say it's ok for a company to be immune from the consequenes of their destructive behaviour...

And, now that this is all becoming "legal" it still ain't "lawful".

We are all in for a hell of a ride unless we do something.

Monsanto is playing God with our food and live stock! GMO everything! Monsanto goes out of their way to VIOLATE the very core of all of us!

They think that we our their property! What are we to do is the question!

So when the evidence is clear that GMO's and the like ARE killing us, do we say, ok, those lovely nice biotech companies were just trying to help, so they get a free pass....

FREE PASS my A S S

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

Another Example of Fascism

The examples are so numerous now that the American government is no longer a constitutional republic, but a fascist one. We have purchased politicians sponsoring and passing legislation favorable to corporations in return for political donations. This realization should pain every supporter of our republic.

Any Georgians here at the DP?

[From the article, emphasis mine] "But how has such a rider even made it on to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill? According to Tom Philpot of Mother Jones, AGRICULTURAL SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIR JACK KINGSTON IS RESPONSIBLE for inserting this pro-industry provision, which, many argue, has nothing to do with agricultural appropriations. Interestingly enough, Kingston was also voted “legislator of the year for 2011-2012″ by none other than the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto and DuPont."

Check this out at Congressman Kingston's website. But first, let's review our vocabulary: "Science-based technologies" means "non-natural, genetically-modified organisms." Ironic, huh?
KINGSTON APPLAUDS USDA EFFORT TO INCREASE FOOD SAFETY WHILE SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS
http://kingston.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentI...
Some fun facts. See top campaign contributors (co's and industries). http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N0000...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Fascism. . .

This is a world-class example of the collusion between government and titanic industrial interests to subvert individual liberty and property rights. . . the opposite of what the federal government should be doing.

Whatever A-Hole legislator that added this rider to the bill needs to be exposed and have his actions dragged out in forums across the internet and especially in his state or district.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

Well, I don't like any GMO foods,

but this idea of this lunatic organization Food Democracy Now saying, "...strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment" is totally ludicrous.
There is NO such mandate, and there never has been such a mandate.

These are just leftists who are "off the chain".

Call me a hypocrite, but

instead of offering some cogent argument, simply down-voting and labeling as "leftists" those of us here at the DP who believe rights belong to the people, not big government and big corporations, is so... well, leftist!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

The mandate is the court's ability to rule

in response to lawsuits brought.

FYI, "Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States"
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_accountability/his...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Kinda like

What they did for the pharmaceuticals that make vaccines. Three Pharma companies were just found guilty criminal fraud, but no one goes to jail.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M556PaUbjL4&feature=plcp

Tri-fecta Big Pharma scam deserves own post

News on this tri-fecta Big Pharma scam - GlaxoSmithKline and Merck and Pfizer - deserves own post.

All admitted to or were otherwise found guilty of CRIMINAL behavior, but thanks to Congress, they are protected from having to be accountable of EVEN admitted criminal activity. Not only did the executives not go to jail. You wouldn't even be able to get a REFUND on purchased pharmaceuticals that, admittedly, were approved and sold based on fraudulent test samples. And how pathetic that our military is being used as a free test for experimental drugs; how pathetic that - after training medical personnel "by the book" - senior military officials expect those people to administer drugs/vaccines with zero of the information they were trained to REQUIRE... or face punishment.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Contact your Congressman here, now

This government-corporate collusion HAS GOT TO STOP! "According to legal advocates at the Center for Food Safety, this provision “would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review” and is a “dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards.”" http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2012/jun/29/house_language_...

At issue is the "Farmer Assurance Provision", Section 733 of the FY 2013 House Ag Appropriation's bill: H.R. 5973: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (The "Farmer Assurance Provision" AKA Monsanto Protection Act)

Vote is expected to happen July 23. E-mail your representative now to vote AGAINST H.R. 5973 if it includes Section 733 - the "Farmer Assurance Provision." And tell others!
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Done!

Dear Congressman Engel:

I strongly urge you to kindly vote AGAINST H.R. 5973 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013) if it includes the addition of Section 733 - the "Farmer Assurance Provision." Otherwise known as The Monsanto Protection Act!

"According to legal advocates at the Center for Food Safety, this provision “would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review” and is a “dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards.”" http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2012/jun/29/house_language_...

Not just me, but millions of Americans are fed up with the power of corporations to influence legislation at our expense - in this case, given the myriad studies, at the expense of our HEALTH. Furthermore, this violates the principle of "checks and balances."

I trust that you will represent US in this matter.

(Feel free to paste my letter into your own Congressman's message box.)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir