House of Representatives Approves Deregulation of GMO Crops

by Colonel on March 25, 2013

“Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights. We need you to contact Congress and tell them you are outraged,” writes Food Democracy Now, a grassroots group representing roughly 350,000 American farmers and citizens in a recent post.

The urgent message to supporters was in response to the passage of House Resolution 933 (H.R. 933) approving a secret of provisions critics have labeled the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

Section 735 of H.R. 933 grants special rights to large agricultural organizations, like Monsanto, reducing government oversight of genetically modified (GMO) crops that many consumer advocates believe are harmful to human health.

The controversial “biotech rider” was slipped into House legislation Thursday during discussion of unrelated legislation designed to avoid a government shutdown March 27.

” — Martin Michaels, Copyright 2013 Mint Press

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