Target: U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)
Goal: Commend decision to stand up to Monsanto
An act called the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” secretly inserted into this year’s budget bill, allows companies such as Monsanto to ignore existing food safety rules. The courts under this provision lose their power to block sales of genetically modified seeds even if these seeds are proven unsafe for public use. Senator Jeff Merkley has officially proposed an amendment to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act, as he calls this provision.
Food in the U.S. is becoming more and more controlled by private entities like Monsanto, an agricultural giant which monopolizes more than 90 percent of genetically modified seed market. The USDA and FDA routinely approve foods without sufficient review and rely on industry-funded studies to determine the safety of GMOs. But before the Farmer Assurance Provision became law, consumers could at least rely on the courts to put a check on corporate power in our grocery stores. Now this last barrier between companies and consumers is effectively removed.
The “Farmer Assurance Provision” is an outrageous law and must be stopped. Jeff Merkley, senator from Oregon, is trying to do just that. Support his amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and give our government and the courts the freedom to regulate this market.
Dear Mr. Merkley,
Your courage is not going unnoticed by the American people. A handful of food companies, mainly Monsanto, are controlling the consumer’s choices in grocery stores. The so-called “Farmer Assurance Provision”, or more accurately, the Monsanto Protection Act, secretly inserted into this year’s budget bill, deals an outrageous blow to our food safety rules. They are already inadequate, with USDA and FDA relying on industry-funded studies to determine the safety of GMOs.
Lately even the courts are ruling in favor of Monsanto, with the recent case from the Supreme Court that sided with the chemical company and fined a farmer for planting seeds twice without paying Monsanto. Even though this decision was in favor of the industry, it still wants the courts out of the picture so that there is no stop to the takeover of people’s health and freedom of choice.
Thank you for introducing an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and give the courts and our government the necessary means to regulate food market and to put a check on corporate power.
[Your Name Here]
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