Now that the Monsanto Protection Act is law, a GE and GMO-labeling backlash has ensued over its passage. With President Barack Obama’s signature Tuesday, sources say proponents of the “Farmer Assurance Provision” are up in arms over its implications.
With the stroke of a pen by the president, the controversial act, also referred to as HR 933 became law, essentially giving producers of GMO foods immunity from civil liabilities stemming from future adverse health associations.
However, according to a March 28 news report from Aljazeera, proponents of the new legislation staging sharp protest and points to its lack of oversight in getting approved.
On the surface, the passage of the Monsanto bill appears to be a good course of action for America’s food supply. After all, MPA received bipartisan support from the House and Senate. And despite rumors Obama would veto any bill that favored the genetically engineered crops and foods, he made it official with a south paw signature.
Opponents of the Monsanto GMO bill point to the alleged negative impact to human health. Furthermore, many fear the demise of the American farmer if the multinational company is allowed to escape future lawsuits for one year if HR 933 is passed.
As Natural News points out: “Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights and the environment going up in a puff of smoke and biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want — without testing. This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill guarantees.”
On the flip side of the argument, supporters of the Monsanto Protection Act point out the lack of scientific consensus that points to dangers. In fact, io9 goes as far as saying that conventional breeding of crops can have unintended consequences because there is no way to determine what results from crossbreeding.
However, many supporters argue that, with genetic crop engineering, scientists are focusing on one gene. As such, there is more control and predictability.
So why did Obama sign such a controversial bill into law when the public is so split over GMOs in general? Perhaps, it amounts to going against the grain and doing what represents the “greater good” for society.
What are your thoughts about the passage of the Monsanto Act?