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While America bickers over gay marriage Obama quietly signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' (H.R. 933) into law.

Divide and conquer. Americans have been arguing back and forth while SCOTUS debates gay marriage - an issue that shouldn't be a federal issue anyway. Meanwhile, the Congress, the Senate, and Obama all approve H.R. 933. Way to go America!

We just got word that despite past promises to promote GMO transparency, Obama signed HR 933, which contains the Monsanto Protection Act, into law...

Prior to the measure, courts had the ability to suspend the farming of GMO crops in the face of health or environmental risks. "It sets a terrible precedent," stated the International Business Times. "Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right."

http://foodbeast.com/content/2013/03/27/obama-signs-monsanto...

Since the act’s passing, more than 250,000 people have signed a petition opposing the provision and a rally, consisting largely of farmers organized by the Food Democracy Now network, protested outside the White House Wednesday. Not only has anger been directed at the Monsanto Protection Act’s content, but the way in which the provision was passed through Congress without appropriate review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The biotech rider instead was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed — little wonder food activists are accusing lobbyists and Congress members of backroom dealings.

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/27/how_the_monsanto_protection_...

How your Reps voted:
http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2013/h/62

How your Senators voted:
http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2013/s/44

Give them hell about it!

And finally, Obama voted with his signature. Ugh. All this happening while Americans eat up the gay marriage debate that the media spoon feeds them as if it's a federal issue anyway. /sigh




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LOL! True dat.

Shit. He dissed his base last term, too; they're just too dumb to realize it / in a state of denial!

What would the Founders do?

PACs that support GMO crops

PACs that support GMO crops have made the following campaign contributions since January 1, 2009, according to MapLight's analysis:

7.5 million for current members of Congress
$372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee
$71,000 to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), an Appropriations Committee member received more than any other member, and the second-most received by any senator.

Who are the pro-GMO groups that made these contributions?

Besides Monsanto, which has contributed $540,000, there's Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Coop, National Cotton Council, American Farm Bureau, and the biggest contributer, American Crystal Sugar at $3.3 million.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display...

meekandmild's picture

The Law will not stand

It's unconstitutional and needs to be taken to court ASAP, If the courts are true to the constitution it will be declared unconstitutional.

Bump

Damn that ****ing idiot.