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Congress and the
president are in discussions on a draft version of a “fiscal cliff” funding
package. At least one of two dangerous GMO riders from the biotech industry is
likely to be included in the funding package language.
The provision would
force USDA to grant temporary permits to plant and cultivate GE crops even if a
federal court rules that USDA hadn’t adequately considered the environmental or
economic risks to farmers. This would negate any meaningful judicial review of
USDA’s decisions to allow commercialization of GE crops. This provision would
override any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and
commercialization while further review takes place. Further, it creates
loophole approvals tailored to counter any “inconvenient” court decisions for
the industry. It is also
completely unnecessary and serves only to offer “assurance” to biotech
companies like Monsanto, not farmers.
DeFazio (D-OR) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter in the House of
Representatives opposing the GMO provisions. Please contact representative
immediately and ask him or her to sign the Dear Colleague letter, and
to oppose the biotech rider if the language finds its way in the fiscal
Rep. DeFazio's Dear Colleague Letter
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]