‘Monsanto Protection’ Act to be voted on by Congress
Should Congress approve a proposition included in an agriculture bill up for vote this week, biotech companies like the Monsanto Company could win yet another victory in Washington.
The US House of Representatives is expected to weigh in on the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for Fiscal year 2013 this week, and included within the act lies the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” a small subsection that has so far earned opposition from hundreds of thousands family farmers, environmental interest groups and other advocates. Those hoping to defeat the bill have gone so far as to dub the provision the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Small time agriculturists have increasingly spoken out against biotech companies in recent years, as giants like Monsanto have
made millions off of genetically engineering crops that traditional plants simply can’t match up with. Additionally, Monsanto has taken
a slew of farmers to court over questionable patent infringement suits, almost always winning the help of high-powered attorneys.
Now if the Farmer Assurance Provision is approved by Congress, GMO companies will once again be allowed an advantage from their
friends in Washington.