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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Dump the Monsanto Rider

Posted by Michele Spencer at Dec 04, 2012 06:06 PM |

From the Center for Food Safety:
Tell Congress to Dump the Monsanto Rider

Congress has returned to Washington, D.C. to work on a number of pressing issues, including an Omnibus 2013 Appropriations Bill. Unfortunately, still on the table is a dangerous biotech policy rider.

In response, Representative Peter DeFazio (D- Oregon, 4th) has authored a "Dear Colleague" letter opposing the biotech rider and is urging his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to join him.

PLEASE CALL or E-MAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and both SENATORS
CALL TODAY at  202-224-3121

This number is for the Capitol Switchboard, they will direct your call to your representative OR SEND AN EMAIL HERE

Action #1: Ask your Representative to SIGN-ON to the DeFazio 'Dear Colleague' Letter opposing the biotech rider.
Action #2: Ask your Senators to contact Senate Appropriations Chair Inouye and urge him to oppose the biotech rider.

CALL TODAY at  202-224-3121

This number is for the Capitol Switchboard, they will direct your call to your representative OR SEND AN EMAIL HERE

Though wrapped in a "farmer-friendly" package, this biotech rider (section 733) will ALLOW GE crops to continue to be planted even when a court of law has found they were approved ILLEGALLY.

The provision is intended to force USDA to grant temporary permits and deregulations of GE crops even if a Federal court rules that USDA hadn't adequately considered the environmental or economic risks to farmers. This would NEGATE any meaningful judicial review of USDA's decisions to allow commercialization of GE crops.

If a GE crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded recently - GE alfalfa and GE sugar beets, for example) this provision would OVERRIDE any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and commercialization while further review takes place.

Further, it forces USDA to approve permits for such continued planting immediately, putting INDUSTRY completely in charge by creating loophole approvals tailored to counter any "inconvenient" court decisions for the industry.

There is only a short period of time for Congress to resolve the Appropriations Bill before the end of the lame duck session. Please tell your Representative to support Representative DeFazio's Dear Colleague letter opposing the biotech rider and ask your Senators to urge Senate Appropriations Chairman Inouyeto oppose the rider!

For more information visit the Center for Food Safety Website.

 

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