Take Action: Farm Bill’s “Farmer Assurance Provision” Threatens Organic Farming (UPDATE: “Monsanto Protection Act” Passes)

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By Scott Stobbe

Update on 3/28/13: Monsanto Protection Act Passes

This month, Congress will vote to pass the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Section 733 of the bill, ironically dubbed the “Farmers Assurance Provision,” has sparked widespread outcry and concern from the organic farming community for its ability to render the public and government virtually powerless in any attempts to stop GMO crop cultivation.

The “Farmer Assurance Provision”–more aptly described by Food Democracy Now as the “Monsanto Protection Act”– would strip the authority of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses potential hazards.

The bill gives biotech companies free rein to plant, harvest and sell GMO crops before they are even deemed safe by the USDA. Worse, if any GMO crops are found harmful by a court of law, the USDA is forced to allow continued planting of the proven dangerous crops. The provision goes even further and bans the court from suggesting that the USDA take action against any agricultural policies that may be harmful to the environment or farmers.

“This provision has nothing to do with farmers, and everything to do with the biotech industry’s sales,” said Dena Hoff, vice president of the National Family Farm Coalition. “Far from safeguarding farmers, it evades the law of the land and endangers their way of life and their livelihoods. The only parties whose interests would be assured are the corporations developing biotech crops.”

Dozens of organizations including the ACLU, Sierra Club, Center For Food Safety, Earthjustice, National Organic Coalition, Organic Consumers Association, Organic Valley Family Farms, and many more have come together to fight for the removal of the “Farmers Assurance Provision” from the bill. Together they have signed a letter to Committee chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) and the Committee’s ranking member Norm Dicks (D-WA) requesting the removal of this provision which you can read here: US House of Representatives Should Strike the Deceptive “Farmer Assurance Provision”

Why is this issue of such concern to us?

The Gerson Therapy’s effectiveness relies on the ability to use organic non-GMO non-chemically treated produce. It is vital that the rights of organic farmers is protected and their crops are in turn protected from cross contamination and “superweeds” created by GMOs, chemical pesticides and monocropping. The harder it becomes to obtain quality organic produce, the harder it will be to make the Gerson Therapy available to those seeking an alternative treatment to their ailments.


Update 3/28/13:

Monsanto Protection Act Passed, Signed into Law


Unfortunately, the Monsanto Protection Act has passed, and was signed into law on Tuesday. It was quietly tucked into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill. Salon reported:

“The provision was passed through Congress without appropriate review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The biotech rider instead was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed…

According to reports, many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the spending bill, HR 933; they voted in order to avert a government shutdown.”

This law is a big setback for health and organic farming advocates. But there’s no use wallowing in despair. If you’re angry, take action! Spread the word, educate and inform others around you. Sign petitions, protest, and make your voice heard!

In the wake of HR 933, Food Democracy Now is circulating a new petition, demanding mandatory GMO labeling. Over 250,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Will you?

Take Action Now!

Scott Stobbe
Marketing & IT Coordinator
The Gerson Institute

 


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  • Chris

    Thank you for posting this information on Face book today. I have taken action and sent this information on to all of my friends.

  • marvinlzinn

    When a WRONG law was passed to force our health care their way instead of ours, now congress is threatening to keep us sick so we need to use “Obamacare” whether we want to or not. Organic food is as close as possible to the way God created it. The slighest deviation from that is not just against us, but also against God.!

  • marvinlzinn

    Organic food is as close as possible to the way God created it. The slightest deviation is not only against our health, but against God!  Now that a law was passed to force us to take wrong medical  treatment, now they are trying to be sure we stay sick so we can use it, and then get wrong votes by claiming how much they take care of us.

  • Bradley

    If you want to keep your politicians in Check down there in the Good Ole USofA, I suggest you check out a fella named Winston Shrout and his insights in to public Oaths of office and commercial liens.

  • Naomi

    Monsanto makes me sick!!!!!!

  • Rachael

    I used to work for a local Hospice.  Quite often people as well as corporate volunteer programs and other interests would donate plants to us for various reasons, one being the wonderful garden [and fulltime certified therapeutic gardener] they have.  Syngenta, the biotec company [think Monsanto and gmo’s] would periodically send members of their personnel as volunteers for various projects.  Once they gave Hospice these two gorgeous looking plants, maybe 3 feet tall.  We treated them as others; they got watered regularly, etc.  There were no special instructions.  But it was such a curious thing that those plants promptly started dying, and within a month’s time they were very brown.  Not even the gardener had a clue.  I don’t absolutely know that it was the fact these plants were gmo specimens.  However, there had been a bit of a ‘personal touch’ in the way these plants were presented to Hospice, directly from Syngenta personnel.  So go figure. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Troyannason Richard French

    Your take action link is not working.

  • Bonnie Daut

    your link to take action does not work

  • Chip07

    According to my congressman’s office this bill will not make it to the floor this year, as of now.

  • Cathy Miller

    It’s all about the money, isn’t it? I am sharing this with the TVP and Jill Reed and Tom Cary. They are running in the 2012 election as Independents for President (Jill) and Vice President (Tom). Check out the Twelve Visions Party and the videos on my Facebook page, please. Our government is way over regulated and controlling every aspect of our lives. We need to end this NOW! Thank you!

  • GersonInstitute

    Hi Bonnie! The link is working just fine for me (I just triple-checked it), but you can try it again here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm

  • GersonInstitute

    Hi Richard! The link is working fine for me (I just triple-checked it on three different browsers). Try it again here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm

  • http://saveplanet1.com/ Tom O Donovan

    My website-    http://www.saveplanet1.com  has some ballads that people might want to listen to, including ;The Future food,A ballad For Our Planet etc  Best wishes from Tom O Donovan.

  • Ofrankie

    Should be called “Monsicko”

  • Akbumblebee

    I believe it best to leave business alone without government influence.  Allow the consumer to have the food needed to maintain good health…free from chemicals and preservatives.

  • MARK O

    THOSE A HOLES FROM BIG FARMA  AND MEDICAL INDUSTRY ARE KILLING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE PER DAY ITS, LEGALIZED MURDER AND THERE GETTING PAYED FOR IT THEY DON’T WANT HEALTHY PEOPLE IN THE STATES. BECAUSE SICK PEOPLE GENERATE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A DAY IN THOSE BASTERS POCKETS. IF YOU GET SICK THAT THE WORST PLACE YOU CAN GO IS TO THE HOSPITAL ITS A STRAIGHT UP DEATH SENTENCE I CAN GO ON & ON & ON ABOUT THE B S THIS GOVERNMENT  AND ALL THE WAYS THERE  TRYING TO ME AND YOU WATCH OUT THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE GERSON INSTITUTE YOU ARE AWESOME THANK YOU  MARK O

  • Steve

    Some organic food in the UK comes from the US, so I guess this would affect people outside the US too.

  • Concerned

    I’m happy to see some kind of dialogue about organic foods here. I’m not sure how the vote on this bill has turned out or if it even made it to the floor, but what I would like to point out about the Gerson method is that it does enjoy the availability of organic food…alot of actual mass of food per day. I would like to suggest that everyone involved in this take a look at the math. I would guess that there are at least a half a million people with cancer in the U.S. and if they were to genuinely take up the Gerson Therapy that would be 10 million pounds of carrots per day @ 20 lbs/person…3.65 billion pounds in one year. Maybe this is possible with out depriving the market of food available to others too much but what I am trying to say is that many more people in our population need to be participating in the growing of quality organic food. There are many factors at play in the corporate food industry that are closing the doors on the ability to even have organic foods. Let’s keep in mind that all food before WWII was organic…and if anybody wants to see the severity of this issue watch ‘The World According to Monsanto’.

    The Gerson family deserves an immense amount of credit for holding on to their knowledge and not yielding to being marginalized. Thanks for keeping the candle burning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Mulvihill/100000504851665 Larry Mulvihill

    it makes all of us sick

  • http://twitter.com/daniruns4fun Danielle Shahan

    Of course they want to keep us sick. The big food companies, pharmaceutical companies, our government and some of the medical community has way too much money to lose if we are healthy. I am so ashamed of our government and where America is headed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dnvargas Donna Nelson Vargas

    you may have to right click and open in a new window. Many systems automatically block pop-ups

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