HR933 “Monsanto Protection Act”

HR 933 was signed into law on Tuesday, called the  “Monsanto Protection Act”. This bill was suppose to be a simple spending bill but section 735 of the bill made it impossible for you or me to sue Monsanto if we get sick from their genetically modified crops. I want to scream at the Republicans for sending Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, to craft the provision with the help of Monsanto itself. I want to kick the ass of the Democrats like Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski who turned her “back on consumers” according to Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety,

“In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto. This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”



250k+ people signed a petition opposing the provision and  Food Democracy Now protesters even took to the streets on Pennsylvania avenue but this did nothing to disuade President Barack Obama from signing HR 933 into law. Many people believe that as the nation was fixated on gay marriage, the got a ramrod up the bunghole.




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  • Bob Morris

    Maybe not.

    “This basically says that if crops are found to be out of regulation for any reason whatsoever, the farmer can petition for their crops not to be immediately and summarily destroyed. Such a judgment of being out of regulation could happen for many different reasons, including bureaucratic failure, and this provision would allow the farmer to possibly not lose their crops to a tangle in the red tape. This could more accurately be framed as the “Farmer Protection from Regulatory Bungle Act.”

    • David Andersen

      that would be the best case scenario for the consumer, as they are hopefully potentially not “screwed”. However, I have a hard time with “for non-regulated status” being used as protection for any wrong-doing GMO company.

    • Peter Bryant

      Bob you got to it before me. :)

    • Stephen Wollett

      I showed this to two judges that are clients of mine as a couple of lawyers this morning as they came through the store.

      Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.

      The general consensus amongst them was that the language in this section does not have a clear interpretation. They said the language DOES allow for a circumvention of judicial review but that they would need to read sections 411, 412, and 414 of the Plant Protection to gain a better understanding. They also told me, when the lawsuits begin, and they will, the interpretation to be accepted by the courts will likely be defined by the opinion of the Secretary of Agriculture and as such would be tossed out of court unless a real good lawyer could trip the Secretary up in some manner.

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