Activism has forced Senators to discontinue the Monsanto Protection Act renewal that would grant Monsanto immunity from legal action.confirm that the provision that millions of people around the world have been so concerned about will not be extended and has now been removed from the Senate’s version of the bill.
Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! organized more than half a million signatures in a petition delivered to Congress and the White House demanding the removal of the The Monsanto Protection Act, otherwise known as the Farmer Assurance Provision rider, In addition, the law’s opponents logged more than 40,000 phone calls to members of congress in the last two weeks alone.
This is what happens when people become engaged in the democratic process,” Murphy said. “Millions of people around the world were outraged when the bill passed originally and removing the Monsanto Protection Act from the current bill is a sign that the food movement has arrived politically. The American people are tired of Monsanto’s lies and the manipulation of our political process and we’re not backing down.”
In recent times, consumers have become increasingly opposed to genetically modified foods. Monsanto especially has been under fire, with millions taking to the streets to protest against the company’s questionable patenting policy and its genetically modified seeds and food. In total, people marched in 436 protests in 52 countries around the world.
Now, US state governments seem to be weighing in on the matter. Connecticut has already passed a bill that requires the labeling of genetically modified foods, and similar proposals are under consideration in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Opponents say the law would negatively affect the image of genetically modified food, while it has not yet been proven beyond doubt to be unhealthy, as well as drive up the price of groceries. Supporters of the bill argue that the price increase would be negligible.