More bad news from the USA. Monsanto and other agrochemical companies can circumvent any Federal Court sanction against the planting of GM crops. If they are so convinced there is nothing wrong with their products, why was this hidden away in a bill on Agricultural Appropriations. It should of been done openly by trying to amend the Plant Protection Act.
This is what one NGO had to say about this rider;
In a statement issued last month, the Center For Food Safety had this to say about the biotech industry’s latest attempt to circumvent legal and regulatory safeguards:
Ceding broad and unprecedented powers to industry, the rider poses a direct threat to the authority of U.S. courts, jettisons the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) established oversight powers on key agriculture issues and puts the nation’s farmers and food supply at risk.
This is another reason we need a register of lobbyists in the UK, not just at the National level but also at the Local level.
The “Monsanto Rider”: Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?.