President Obama has become the best friend that agribusiness has ever
had in the White House. He just signed a law that critics are already
dubbing the “Monsanto Protection Act.” The law makes it illegal for a federal judge
to issue a court order halting the sale, use, or distribution of
genetically engineered seeds even if it is proven the seeds could be
harmful. The law would also limit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
ability to regulate the use of genetically engineered seeds.
They call the measure the Monsanto Protection Act because it only
benefits the makers of genetically engineered seeds, such as Monsanto.
Congress was able to put this horrendous piece of legislation on the
books by tacking it onto a funding act for the USDA and other agencies.
If Obama hadn’t signed the law, the USDA would have had to cut back on
Why You Should Worry About The Monsanto Protection Act
Instead of going into the well-documented dangers of genetically
modified foods here, I’ll just raise one troubling point. Why would
Monsanto and its operatives on Capitol Hill go out of their way to get
this law passed if there wasn’t something wrong with genetically
modified foods? What do those people know that we don’t? If GM foods
were safe in the first place, they wouldn’t need this law.
The frightening thing is that signing this law was in keeping with
Obama’s whole agriculture policy. In spite of Michelle’s advocacy for
organic food, the Obama administration has been squarely on the side of
agribusiness since it took office. Tom Vilsack,
who used to ride on Monsanto’s corporate jet when he was governor of
Iowa, was both appointed and reappointed Secretary of Agriculture by
Obama. Vilsack, a media darling, is also a likely choice for the
Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
To make matters worse, some observers, including organic food advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola,
have alleged that the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA have
plans to ban or severely restrict organic farming in the name of food
safety. The idea is to prove that organic farming is at risk for
terrorist attack but conventional farming is not. In other words, the
Obama administration wants to force genetically engineered food on your
family whether you want it or not.
READ MORE: BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID.