“Monsanto Protection Act” Triggers a Firestorm of Protest and Public Outrage

It’s being called the straw that broke the camel’s back. Bloomberg, The New York Times, Politico—media of all political persuasions—ran searingly critical articles about the biotech rider that the Senate slipped into the Continuing Resolution despite messages pouring into Congress.

Big Agriculture Takes Control of Congress – Gets Immunity from GMO Lawsuits

Health Impact News Editor Comments:
Since the Alliance for Natural Health published this report below, more information has been uncovered about the GMO protection rider that Food Democracy Now had labeled “The Monsanto Protection Act.” The law containing the rider was signed by President Obama late last night (March 26th). David Rogers of Politico has […]

How Monsanto outfoxed the Obama administration

By Lina Khan
Salon.com

Excerpts:

Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice quietly closed a three-year antitrust investigation into Monsanto, the biotech giant whose genetic traits are embedded in over 90 percent of America’s soybean crop and more than 80 percent of corn. Despite a splash of press coverage when the investigation was initially announced, its termination […]

Senator Tester Offers Amendment to Remove GMO Rider

Sen. Jon Tester, on his Montana Organic Family farm. Sen. Jon Tester’s office/Flickr
UPDATE 3/21: “Bad news. Monsanto Rider is in the Senate passed continuing resolution (CR) and will likely remain in the final version passed by the House later today. Good news. The rider will only be in effect for the next 6 months […]

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act today!

Update 3/14/2013 from Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Greetings!

As we alerted you yesterday, Monsanto and Agribusiness companies have managed to insert two dangerous provisions into the Continuing Resolution (“CR”) that is about to be voted on by the U.S. Senate.

The first provision is the “Monsanto rider” that destroys the few protections that currently exist against the planting of […]

GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science

By Tom Laskawy
Grist.org
Excerpts:
It’s been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude. The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature.
Even the […]

New Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers

by Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds Investigate Role of Seed Patents in Consolidating Corporate Control of Global Food Supply

Today, one week before the Supreme Court hears arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Save our Seeds (SOS) – two legal and policy organizations […]

Seeds of Discontent: A Texas Organic Cotton Farmer Takes On Monsanto

by Eva Hershaw
TexasObserver.org and ReportingTexas.com

This story was produced as part of a joint venture with Reporting Texas, an online publication at the University of Texas-Austin’s School of Journalism.

Through the windows of LaRhea Pepper’s pickup, turnrows of blooming Texas cotton stretched to the horizon under an impeccably blue sky. We barreled down a dirt road toward her brother-in-law […]

How GMO Seeds Lead to Suicides in India and Threaten Native Heirloom Seeds

Two Options: The story of an environmental activist (Dr. Vandana Shiava) and a farmer (Bija Devi) and their fight to preserve heirloom seeds in India amidst great opposition.

In this brief video Dr. Vandana Shiava explains how the policies of Monsanto have led to farmer suicides (they lose their farms after believing they will get […]

Viral Gene in Genetically Engineered Foods Could Promote Disease

By Dr. Mercola

I’ve previously warned of the potential dangers of genetically engineered (GE) foods for many years now, pointing out that such crops might have wholly unforeseen consequences.

In recent years, such suspicions have increasingly proven correct, and now researchers have released yet another bombshell.

Genetic manipulation of crops, and more recently food animals, is a dangerous […]