Update: The Monsanto Protection Act

Dear 5849376,

Incredibly, in the last 72 hours nearly 140,000 people have joined you and signed the petition to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

But on Thursday, Sen. Merkley was blocked from introducing his amendment for a vote by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (who has taken over $168,000 in campaign contributions from Monsanto.1)

We'll have another chance when the Senate resumes debate of the Farm Bill after next week's recess, but if we want to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act, we're going to have to turn up the pressure.

Click here email your friends, or share this action on facebook or twitter. Or just forward the e-mail below.

Thanks for fighting Monsanto.

- Elijah Zarlin, CREDO Action

P.S. You can go directly to our petition to the Senate by clicking here.

1. Monsanto donations to Sen. Blunt's Campaign Committee and Leadership PAC, 2012, 2010 and 2008, Center for Responsive Politics

CREDO Action
Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act

The petition to your senators and Senate leadership reads:
"The Monsanto Protection Act is an outrageous and dangerous giveaway that forces approval of genetically modified foods ahead of our safety. Please support Senator Merkley's amendment to repeal this shameful act of Congress."

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Dear 5849376,

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act; click here to take action.

"One of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years." That's what Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calls the Monsanto Protection Act, which became law in March.1

Now we have an opportunity to stop it. Senator Merkley has proposed an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act – but it will take serious grassroots pressure to even make sure the amendment comes up for a vote.

Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

Cynically dubbed the "Farmer Assurance Provision," the Monsanto Protection Act allows Monsanto and other companies to ignore existing food safety rules, and continue selling genetically modified seeds even if a court has blocked them from doing so.

Even worse is how this shameful giveaway became law. It was inserted anonymously, and without review into the must-pass budget bill to avoid government shutdown in March.

CNN said that "the law passed without most of Congress even knowing about it."2 Jon Stewart put it a different way: "The laws of the most powerful nation on earth are written with the same level of accountability as internet comments."3

Even from our dysfunctional Congress, this was stunning. Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.

Our system of ensuring the safety of genetically modified foods is already insufficient, and wrought with industry influence. The FDA and USDA routinely approve foods without sufficient review, and often rely on shoddy industry-generated studies to determine the safety of GMO foods.

The courts provide a vital check to allow us to challenge approvals that were conducted too hastily – as when federal courts found the USDA's 2009 approval of Monsanto's GMO sugar beets to have been based on an insufficient review.

But the Monsanto Protection Act strips the courts of the power to halt seed sales, and actually compels the USDA to approve products whose approval the courts have challenged. It's so outrageous, the USDA says the provision might not be enforceable.4

Now our legislators have an opportunity to undo this appalling act of putting special interests like Monsanto ahead of our health and the safety of our food. Urge the Senate to take action now:


Thanks for fighting industry influence in our food.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

1. "'Monsanto Protection Act' Repeal Effort Officially Backed By Sen. Jeff Merkley," Huffington Post, 5/20/13
2. "Last Minute Legislation: Bad for Our Health," CNN, 3/29/13
3. "Jon Stewart explains the 'Monsanto Protection Act'," Mother Nature Network, 4/12/13
4. "Group says Monsanto law skirts courts, requires approval of genetically engineered seeds," Politifact, 3/29/13

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