Two dangerous riders within the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5973) and the Farm Bill could give Monsanto and the biotech industry unprecedented power and immunity from not only an already-weakened review process, but also from federal law. Attached to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5973) is the “Farmers Assurance Provision” (Section 733), which Monsanto convinced House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Kingston (R-GA) to attach to the original version. The rider, renamed the “Monsanto Protection Act“, is a sneak attack on American farmers, consumers and the environment. If passed, it would give Monsanto immunity from federal law by allowing the biotech industry to plant genetically modified crops, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. Federal courts have recognized the threat that inevitable genetic contamination poses to “a farmer’s choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer’s choice to eat non-genetically engineered food”. The “Monsanto Protection Act” would make judicial action to protect farmer and consumer choice nearly impossible. Thankfully, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is circulating a letter to all of his colleagues in Congress opposing the “Monsanto Protection Act.” By signing the Organic Consumer’s Association’s petition, you can ask your legislators to sign on to Rep. DeFazio’s “Dear Colleague” letter and oppose the Farm Bill riders.
As Congress debates what actions to take to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” perhaps no programs are less worthy of government support than those which subsidize Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. To companies like Exxon, your children’s safe futures stand in the way of their massive profits. Exxon, and all other oil, gas and coal companies, use expensive ads to promise jobs, prosperity, energy security and a brighter future. Unfortunately, the only promise that they are likely to deliver on is the promise of profits — which won’t matter for your children, who will have to pay the price.We must demand that Exxon, and all other oil companies, stop using our money to fund climate destruction.
On November 6th, Californians voted on Proposition 37, which would have required that foods produced from genetically engineered crops be labeled. Currently, the votes for Prop 37 are still being counted. On Tuesday morning, Dec 4th, Prop 37 hit 6,004,628 votes on the California Secretary of State’s website, but this tally was quickly reversed within an hour of being publicized by Food Democracy Now! Since November 6th, the vote count in California has been updated daily until December 4th, when the vote count hit 6 million for the first time. When contacted, the Secretary of State’s office stated there would be no further updates to the vote totals until Dec 14th when state law requires the election results to be certified. Food Democracy Now! has learned that a team of independent statisticians have detected “statistical anomalies” in the largest precincts of 9 counties, including Orange, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and San Diego counties. We find this news troubling and think it’s important that the Secretary of State’s office know that we are watching these developments closely and expect honest and fair election results. It’s important that all votes be counted and any possible malfeasance is properly investigated by California election officials. To make your voice heard, click here.