Monday, April 1, 2013

Monsanto Hidden in the Budget Bill

*This is not April Fool's!  This is 100% REAL*

Did you hear about the budget bill that congress said HAD to pass...To avoid government shutdown???
Guess what was HIDDEN in the bill?  Monsanto...the EVIL empire!
Do you know that GMOs “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  -from Non-GMO Project

You read that right...
gene splicing of animal, bacterial and VIRAL genes!!!!!


Besides keeping the government open, the continuing resolution also contained two terrible riders that do more than set funding levels, they also change how U.S. Department Agriculture operates (USDA). The first stops USDA from enforcing contract fairness rules for contract poultry growers, allowing big chicken companies to continue to treat them unfairly. Food & Water Watch and hundreds of farm groups worked to include these vital provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill to protect farmers from unfair and deceptive practices by meatpacking and poultry companies.

The other rider is a giveaway to genetically engineered (GE) seed companies that allows the continued planting of genetically engineered crops even when a court finds they were approved illegally. This provision unnecessarily interferes with the judicial review process and picked up the well-deserved nickname of the “Monsanto Protection Act” because it weakens the already inadequate review process for GE crops. And it isn’t a new idea—you may remember attempts last year to include this measure and two more that would have essentially created a fast track approval process for GE crops in the Farm Bill and in USDA’s budget.

Thankfully, the rider in the continuing resolution doesn’t include the other two provisions that create the fast track approval process. But it’s still terrible news that the biotech industry can convince members of Congress who should know better, like Senator Mikulski (D-MD) who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, to include any bad language like this in a must pass bill.

There were some Senators who wanted to remove these two bad provisions. But the heavy-handed and undemocratic process used to force the Senate to accept the deeply flawed bill didn’t allow votes on amendments by Senator Tester (D-MT) that would have removed these bad riders.
So after this poor showing by Congress, what’s next? For the next six months, USDA will operate under the policy set by the continuing resolution—not enforcing the contract fairness rules and with limited review by the courts over the GE crop approval process.

But by Oct. 1, Congress has to pass new bills to fund federal agencies for fiscal year 2014. And we need to tell them to make sure these two bad policies aren’t in next year’s version.

This makes me very angry!  This is proof that congress is no longer out for our best interest.  Instead they have been bought and paid by by the highest bidder.  In this case it is Monsanto.

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If you value your health and that of your family, protect them by growing your own food using organic, heirloom seeds.  

Do not support GE food companies.  

Fight for your right to natural, healthy foods by GROWING YOUR OWN!

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Joyce said...

Good luck getting this pulled out, Monsanto and the government might as well be one in the same.

Sue@House Pretty said...

Kind of makes any argument for NOT growing your own vegetables kind of silly, now doesn't it?! By the way, I need to take the time to check out more of what you sell. Do you sell any fruit tree seeds that would grow in Canadian climates? As in, 2 1/2 months of summer, ugh?!

Micupoftea~ said...

I agree with you- hopefully people will read your post and CONTACT their Reps and Senators. I'm amazed at how many have their heads in the sand and become low information voters, with no clue about what's going on in DC. Five minutes to make phone calls or write a brief letter would make a huge difference, if even 1/3 of our nation made an effort.

Becca Acker said...

Growing your own is definitely the way to go.
Thanks as always for linking up at A Humble Bumble :)

Juggling Real Food and Real Life said...

2 steps forward. 5 steps back. Ugghh! This battle to put good food in our bodies should not be so difficult. It should just be a right as an American. This stuff drives me crazy!

Lorraine @ Cookin For the Seven Dwarfs said...

This makes me sick. We are all about organic food, free range grass fed animals, raw milk, local farm grown produce in the state I live in. Before I buy anything I check labels to see what is in all my food, or visit the farms that my meat and milk are coming from.
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Shannon Thomas said...

SO ridiculous. Not only awful for personal health, but terrible for small farms.

Jewels@Joy-n-Jesus said...

I llove your post and I am going to post it on my blog if you don't mind. I am praying against this, but what can I do to take action. Will it help to call my senator ?

Waldorf (inspired) Moms said...

This makes me so angry too! We have all got to contact our legislators AND use the power of our wallet and not but GMO. Thanks for this post...Lori (visiting from Thursday Favorite Things)

Linda@With A Blast said...

Same thing happens in our country and we all get upset by it as well. Thank you for sharing this informative post at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !