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This week, the Senate
is debating a Continuing Resolution (CR) for the “must-pass” FY 2013
Appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee just added the
so-called Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 735), which will strip federal
courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially
hazardous GE crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement.
provision is becomes law, it will be a huge blow to the justice system,
completely overriding judicial safeguards that protect both farmers and the
public, and rendering judges’ rulings irrelevant. This Monsanto-driven rider is
simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court
of law has found they were approved illegally.
Fortunately, Senator Tester, joined by Senators Boxer, Gillibrand and Leahy introduced an amendment to strike the dangerous rider from the CR. This is our one chance to ensure this dangerous language does not become law. Tell your member of Congress to support the Tester amendment and dump the dangerous biotech rider.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]