Target: Senator Barbara Mikulski
Goal: Commend Senator Mikulski for stripping a legislative provision allowing Monsanto to override court decisions
Thanks to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, the Monsanto Protection Act has been rendered null. The bill was essentially a mechanism for Monsanto to undermine the power of the federal courts to stop the planting and sale of illegal genetically engineered crops. This is an affront to the judicial process, which is a necessary part of our checks and balances. Without the bill, our government has a better chance at stopping decisions that adversely affect human health and the environment.
Created as a provision of last spring’s continuing resolution spending bill, the Monsanto Protection Act sparked outrage among the public. Despite its intention of giving Monsanto backdoor approval, and thus giving the conglomerate industry control, the bill was presented as a farmer-friendly act. In addition to subverting the federal court’s mandate, the provision compelled the United States Department of Agriculture to let Monsanto continue planting genetically engineered crops that have been deemed potentially dangerous to humans. The provision was originally extended as part of the continuing resolution spending bill, but because of Senator Mikulski it has been put to an end.
The Monsanto Protection Act gave Monsanto leeway to bypass federal court decisions that would have protected consumer health. Now that it has been crushed, the USDA will have the ability to protect the public from illegal genetically engineered crops. Commend Senator Barbara Mikulski for helping to protect our country’s food.
Dear Senator Mikulski,
Thank you for putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act. The bill has been an affront to the United States judicial system because of its allowance of this manipulative corporation to bypass federal courts, and it has been a further danger to consumer health. Because of your efforts, our government will be better equipped to protect our food.
Now that the bill has been put to an end, Monsanto will no longer have the freedom to keep planting genetically engineered crops that have been deemed illegal by the federal courts. Not only does this restore the federal courts’ authority in such matters, it also allows the USDA to do its job identifying crops that are dangerous to consumer health. We commend you for taking action to ensure that our food does not go unchecked.
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