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Will Congress Grant Biotech Companies Immunity from Federal Law?

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  • The Farmers Assurance provision added to the 2013 Farm Bill by biotech proponent Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) will, if passed into law, grant biotech companies like Monsanto immunity from federal law
  • The rider would require biotech crops to be planted even if a federal court calls for a halt pending an Environmental Impact Statement. It also restricts regulations and allows fast-track approval of genetically engineered (GE) crops
  • 38 food business, retailers, consumer-, family farm-, environmental- and public interest groups have expressed their opposition to the provision, calling for it to be stricken from the farm bill
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has sponsored an amendment to the bill that would nullify Kingston's Monsanto-friendly provision

By Dr. Mercola

That Monsanto has a phenomenal level of influence over American legislators and regulators is well known, but the latest gift to the biotech industry is really over the top. A stunning rider, ironically named “the Farmers Assurance provision” (Section 733), has been added to the 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, aka the Farm Bill. This provision, if passed into law, will essentially grant biotech companies like Monsanto free reign to act with impunity.


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