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  1. #1
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    Feb 2013
    Quincy, Mass USA

    Default 'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress

    If GMO is safe then one as to ask themselves why would they bother to do this?


    The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.

    The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

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    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress

    I remember when asbestos was the building product of the future. Won't burn, won't rot. Can be formed into almost anything. No one even questioned that it was safe. It has been in use for a long time... just not on that scale...
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 42y 40h 39yTF

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    May 2012
    Sacramento, CA, USA

    Default Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress

    It doesn't protect from prosecution from what I can tell. It stops people from suing at time of product launch or USDA/FDA approval and halting sales at that time. It's only active for 6 months so I don't see what all the hooplah is about. The big question is, how does a bill like that get introduced anonymously.... that's the fishy part.

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    Oct 2011
    Coopersville, Michigan

    Default Re: 'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress

    As to the original post in answer to Bob J's question, if GMOs are safe they probably still don't want to spend millions of dollars in litigation defending them. Now I don't agree with a law preventing litigation completely, but I can't say I've read the document to know how far it goes. There are laws protecting doctors and insurance companies etc etc protecting them from lawsuits as well. It's a balancing act between preventing malicious and fraudulent suits while not restricting those with just cause. I won't begin to know where that line falls in this case, but it does set off some alarm bells.
    Last edited by Barry; 03-28-2013 at 06:53 PM.


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