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Rider to Ag Appropriations Bill strips judicial power to ban GMO crops

By David Bancroft, 26Jun2012

The bio-wreck industry would dismantle the tripartite structure of the federal government, in a power grab that violates separation of powers under the US Constitution. To legitimately do so, two-thirds of both houses of Congress must amend the Constitution to remove judicial power granted to it under Article III. ~Ed.

Just Label It

Last week, powerful interests in Washington defeated the Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act in the Senate, denying you and all Americans the right to know about our food. Now they are at it again, trying to extend their control by barring agricultural officials and judges from being able to stop, when necessary, the planting of genetically engineered crops.

This unprecedented attack on our right to know about our food is gaining steam and we need your voice to fight back.

A provision has been introduced into the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an unapproved genetically engineered (GE) crop while the USDA assesses its potential hazards. This would allow farmers to grow potentially harmful GE crops during legal appeals of the approval process, instead of afterwards.

Labeled the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” this policy rider would:

Eliminate fundamental and constitutional safeguards of our judicial review system; Undermine the USDA’s oversight and approval process, and weaken protections for consumers; and Allow powerful chemical companies to dodge reasonable safeguards against potentially hazardous GE crops. This bill is now being debated in the House of Representatives. It is crucial that you tell your U.S. representative to oppose the “Farmer Assurance Provision”!

Additionally, if this provision becomes law, it may compel the USDA to allow all permits for continued planting of unapproved GE crops, even if previously unrecognized health risks are found. This has dangerous consequences, potentially exposing non-GE farmers to substantial damages and, due to international GE crop trade restrictions, put our nation’s agricultural markets at risk.

This provision compromises our constitutional right to know, and could negatively impact our environment and our health.

Please ask your U.S. representative to oppose the “Farmer Assurance Provision”!

As the people of the United States continue to voice concerns regarding the faults in our food system, influential players continue to introduce their own, profit-driven interests into national policies that negatively affect each and every American. Without the appropriate supervision and safeguards, large corporations will continue to control our food safety, with a high cost to both our health and environment.

Please ask your U.S. representative to listen to their constituents, and oppose the “Farmer Assurance Provision”!

This is an unprecedented move by special interests to subvert the separation of powers so carefully laid out in the U.S. Constitution to protect all of our rights.

Thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. We can’t do it without your help.