Help Stop the Monsanto End of Year Sneak Attack

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist ActivismComments: 48

If you ever doubted that the executives of Monsanto believe themselves to be above everyone and everything – even the Law – well then, try this one on for size.

Fresh off victory over Prop 37 in California last month which would have required the labeling of GMO foods, Monsanto is trying to one up all of us yet again.

An omnibus appropriations bill for 2013 is currently being drafted behind closed doors by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees with the hope that it will be put to a vote and passed before January 2013.

The lame duck Congress combined with a public distracted with the upcoming holiday season has provided Monsanto with the perfect opportunity to score a fast one.

Monsanto lobbyists are pushing for a rider to the appropriations bill deceptively cloaked as the “farmer assurance provision”.

The true purpose of this biotech rider is to allow Monsanto to cut off the public’s access to the courts in order to stop its rapid and accelerating introduction of new GMOs to the marketplace.

According to the Organic Consumers Association, the Monsanto Rider would give the Secretary of Agriculture the power to grant a temporary permit for planting or cultivating a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed!

This Rider would in essence give Monsanto power that is above the law and beyond the courts. Previous court cases have recognized the right of farmers to grow non-GMO crops and the rights of consumers to eat non-GMO foods. Contamination from new GMO crops where an Environmental Impact Statement hasn’t even been completed yet is a very real threat and judges recognize this fact.  As a result, Monsanto is trying to bypass the courts completely with this Monsanto Rider sneak attack.

Congress intends to try and pass the 2013 Appropriations Bill before the end of the lame duck session in January 2013 when the new Congress will take over power.

It is imperative that we all pull together to stop this rider from inclusion today!  

Click here to fill in your zip code and name which will then automatically find your appropriate US Representative and Senators and send them a letter drafted by the Organic Consumers Association urging them to oppose any efforts to include the Monsanto Rider in the 2013 Appropriations Bill.

You can read the Monsanto rider here:  (see page 86 of the pdf).


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (48)

  • Jenny robertson

    Keep our foods clean. This is our childrens health

    December 4th, 2012 8:22 am Reply
  • Marlawilson

    Wow, thanks for summarizing the whole story.
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    December 4th, 2012 9:14 am Reply
  • beth

    thanks for giving us an opportunity to allow our voices to be heard.

    December 4th, 2012 10:14 am Reply
    • Elizabeth Paule

      I would like to continue allowing people to gather their own seeds now and in the future. Thank you

      December 4th, 2012 10:50 am Reply
      • Elizabeth Paule

        Allow us our right to plant and grow from our own gathered seeds. Thank you

        December 4th, 2012 10:52 am Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    The power of Monsanto over our government is frightening. The only restriction on the power of Monsanto to change the environment through the release of its lab made products has been the federal courts. This would remove the power of the courts to restrain Monsanto and the release of GMOS, and put the power right in the hands of the secretary of Agriculture, a man who build his career on supporting GMOS and Monsanto. It must not happen!

    December 4th, 2012 12:01 pm Reply
  • Rai Smith via Facebook

    On it and spreading the word!

    December 4th, 2012 12:37 pm Reply
  • Amber Moon via Facebook

    Monsanto? No, the govt. The govt has been funding and helping this evil for generations… without you being sick and stupid.. you would realize you don’t need “governing” or daily theft and tyranny in your life.

    December 4th, 2012 12:39 pm Reply
    • Helen T

      Monsanto – government, same thing……a revolving door to industry and government. That’s why we have Tom Vilsack as our Secretary of Agriculture and Michael Taylor,the head of the FDA. Both are former top executives in Monsanto.

      December 5th, 2012 6:41 am Reply
  • Mandy Parker Lancaster via Facebook

    Done! Thanks for taking the time to help keep us informed!!! :)

    December 4th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Did it. Unfortunately, my senators don’t listen to me. They really think they know better.

    December 4th, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
  • Kiya Tabb via Facebook

    Done in WV!

    December 4th, 2012 12:59 pm Reply
  • Kari O’Connor via Facebook

    Did and shared, thanks for the heads up!!

    December 4th, 2012 1:02 pm Reply
  • Amy Jo via Facebook

    Done! From me and my husband! Thanks for the info!

    December 4th, 2012 1:04 pm Reply
  • Emily Goodman Stinger via Facebook

    I HATE Monsanto.

    December 4th, 2012 1:16 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Done in Colorado! Thanks for keeping us informed.

    December 4th, 2012 1:38 pm Reply
  • sara

    thank you so much for sharing Sarah!

    December 4th, 2012 1:57 pm Reply
  • Jill

    Would love to join in on this but hesitant to add my name to a letter I haven’t even read yet

    December 4th, 2012 1:31 pm Reply
    • Megan

      Jill –
      If you follow the link Sarah posted it will take you to the web page with the letter available to view. :)

      December 5th, 2012 3:57 pm Reply
  • Alana Barr via Facebook


    December 4th, 2012 2:32 pm Reply
  • Julie Gerasimenko via Facebook

    Did it!

    December 4th, 2012 2:53 pm Reply
  • Alexis

    I just found out Weston Price passed away of a heart attack at 78 I believe…Im a ittle sketched out by this…any comments?

    December 4th, 2012 4:31 pm Reply
  • Heidi Thomas via Facebook


    December 4th, 2012 5:39 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    More sent from Co. So sick of Monsanto, they need to be taken down. Greed is ugly.

    December 4th, 2012 5:51 pm Reply
  • Rachael

    Will the madness never end? We will FIGHT this. Watch out, Monsanto.

    December 4th, 2012 6:13 pm Reply
  • Anastasia @ eco-babyz

    Unfortunately my Senators don’t really care, I think. I sent it anyway a few days ago, but I’m not sure that’s the best plan. Monsanto and government is basically interchangeable, they have each other’s back. So to bring Monsanto down, we would essentially need to bring down the government. Uhm, unfortunately I don’t want to leave my kids as orphans, so that will not happen :(

    December 4th, 2012 6:24 pm Reply
    • Heather

      This fight is far from being fair and playing nice isn’t getting very far. Don’t blame you for not sinking to their level even though we would all like to take dynamite to Monsanto’s Mutant GMO fields and test labs in reality have to set a good example and continue to educate others to make better choices for their health their future and the chance they might be able to still have grandchildren not born with cancer and birth defects. Stay positive 😉

      December 5th, 2012 10:08 pm Reply
    • Tony

      That’s a bunch of bullxxxx. Monsanto wants there to be appropriate regustration of GM crops it makes sure anyone off the street with no idea of safety practices does something stupid and it actually works.

      December 13th, 2012 11:56 pm Reply
  • tony


    December 4th, 2012 6:57 pm Reply
  • Melita Maynard Franzen via Facebook


    December 4th, 2012 7:30 pm Reply
  • Mary DeLong via Facebook

    yup done

    December 5th, 2012 6:43 am Reply
  • Kathleen Murray via Facebook


    December 5th, 2012 11:00 am Reply
  • Brita Finlayson

    Thanks for the link! Did it, and asking friends to sign the petition too. it is wonderful that we can use the internet to spread the message of real food now. Monsanto must be stopped, and it is people like you that sound the trumpets and begin the march to sane healthful foods. Keep on keeping on, sister!

    December 5th, 2012 12:23 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Sent it out. In one response I got my Senator stated:

    “GE food has been developed to boost nutritional value and agricultural yields, and to increase crops’ resistance to weather conditions, diseases and insects.”

    To boost nutritional value???!!!!! Really???!!!! Augh.

    December 5th, 2012 3:17 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    You have to enter your name too of course.

    December 10th, 2012 2:52 pm Reply
  • Katy Johnson via Facebook

    December 10th, 2012 2:53 pm Reply
  • Ceci Steiner Gray via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 3:17 pm Reply
  • Andrea Goldman via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 3:34 pm Reply
  • Erika Queen via Facebook

    Signed and reposted!

    December 10th, 2012 3:40 pm Reply
  • Loubna Zahri via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 3:49 pm Reply
  • Christie Polaski Riopelle via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 3:58 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook

    Man, oh man… I wish Canadians could sign that petition. What happens with this bill will determine how Canada’s government acts. Unfortunately, in this regard, we are followers, not leaders.

    December 10th, 2012 4:20 pm Reply
  • Theresa Lowry Aikin via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 8:57 pm Reply
  • Jen Toecar via Facebook

    Thank you for sharing this!!

    December 10th, 2012 9:26 pm Reply
  • Anela Seed via Facebook

    we meet to stent up for our future and our children

    December 11th, 2012 5:35 pm Reply
  • Tony

    I work at Monsanto. Hit me with your complaints. I can’t speak for teh company by I can tell you the truth and about how much the info you read on the internet is simply not true. If you want to know the truth ask me

    December 13th, 2012 11:49 pm Reply
    • sara coyne

      Hello tony, you work for Monsanto, which mean’s your just as bad as them, which means who would confide in you for answers when we the people are not blind to what is really going on?, do me a favor, and grow a pair, maybee you will even get some common sense with that as well. So fuck off and have a nice day 😉 and don’t forget to choke on your GMO food!!!!!!!!!!

      May 9th, 2013 7:47 am Reply
  • sara coyne

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!, it is very much appreciated.

    May 9th, 2013 7:42 am Reply

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