Opponents of genetically-modified food narrowly lost at the polls in California last month.

But the anti-GMO forces aren’t giving up. Their latest target: a provision in a House bill that would make it harder for environmentalists and their lawyers to prevent farmers from planting genetically-modified crops. Opponents of the provision are calling it the “Monsanto Protection Act” because Monsanto is a large manufacturer of genetically-modified seeds.

The anti-GMO forces make it sound as if this provision would give farmers and seed-makers total immunity from federal law. According to AGProfessional, however, this claim is false. The provision in the House bill would simply allow farmers to grow federally-approved genetically-modified crops while legal appeals are ongoing:

The claim is that farmers are planting unapproved seed whereas in reality the farmer protection provision is geared toward allowing farmers to proceed in planting, or at least harvesting biotech crops, after an initial registration/approval. Farmers are not planting crops that were unapproved/unregistered by the USDA.

The situation has developed that every biotech/GMO crop approval is challenged by activists, which could delay farmer planting for years as court challenges stretch on and on. As noted by lawyers who have been involved in court cases, biotech crops have not been found to be unsafe. Setbacks in court to biotech crops have occurred as the registration paperwork was found to not be completed to micro detail.

Related: Charlie Sheen smears GMOs: ‘Why are the bees vanishing?’

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY_xOj2M_g PistolsForPandas

    Remember, folks: according to these people, our side is anti-science…

    • Tony Baize


      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY_xOj2M_g PistolsForPandas

        Which would be a fair point, if 38% of Democrats also didn’t believe in evolution.


        And what about the Sokal Affair, 9/11 conspiracies, the anti-vaccine movement? Hell, there’s even a contingent of the Left (I’m looking at you, Bill Maher), that doesn’t even believe in germ theory!

        Edited for grammar.

    • Gallatin

      The only real science is the science that libturds believe in.

  • Gallatin

    Dan Morrison
    As a parent, I want to know what my kids are eating. Tell Congress to kill Monsanto Protection Act: buff.ly/SLsSbr @unhealthytruth

    How on earth does this bill prevent you from controlling what your children eat? Try this on for size, the science and technology that Monsanto and other seed companies develop help feed millions of children all over the world that would otherwise go hungry. So forgive me if I don’t get all weepy eyed about your spoiled children.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.stephens.7549 Mike Stephens

      i agree

    • ResistJerks

      If that were true, why is it that millions of children are dying of hunger around the world, especially Africa. GMO’s are nothing but a way for Monsato to patent the food and straighten their grip on the food supply so they can make more $$$. GMO modified seeds are modified to not produce seeds for replanting like natural seeds do. Because of this, farmers have to purchase new seeds every year from Monsato. Without any competition or regulations they can control these prices however they want. GMO’s will be a lot more expensive on the long run both money-wise and health-wise.

  • Paul Wallis

    Some democracy you used to have there. Corporations have more rights than people, anything which agrees with corporate/political policies is more important than health, and whatever is said by “your side” is right, simply because it’s said by “your side”. Absolutely no risk of facts getting a mention. Anybody who knows anything at all about biology should know that GMOs are very little more than a money making exercise and that the actual science is appallingly lax. Those who want to die, support GMOs and the nutcases making them. If you’re so crazy about them , you eat them. The rest of the world reserves its right to tell these manufacturers to go to hell.