On the heels of the "Monsanto rider" inserted into the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill a few weeks ago, the Biotech industry managed to insert several more damaging provisions into the House version of the Farm Bill.
Together, these GMO industry-promoting provisions override judicial review of GMO crops found to have been approved illegally, gut any real review by the USDA of new GMO crops, and create a forced backdoor approval of "Agent Orange" corn and other currently pending GMO crops. There is even a provision to establish, for the first time, a policy recognizing "allowable" levels of GMO contamination in our food.
If passed, these riders would undermine the few laws that are currently in place to protect farmers' rights and our health from the many adverse impacts of GMO crops. These provisions represent a new level of corporate control, placing the GMO industry's profits above the law.
The House of Representatives is not expected to vote on either the Agricultural Appropriations bill or the Farm Bill before they leave for the August recess. Nonetheless, the Representatives and their staff are developing their positions on these issues right now - so we need to speak up while there's time to influence their decisions.