Whether you find it sensible or corrupt, every spectator got to admit: Nice Lobbying Job (NLJ), GMO-guys! Obama eventually signed the “Monsanto Protection Act”. After adding the usual governmental/lobbyists euphemisms, it’s officially enacted by the name of “Farmer Assurance Provision”.
According to a GMO-lobbyist’s voice (Karen Batra), it basically overrules the decentralized power of communal and state courts in favor of federal law (via wiki):
The language in Section 735 codifies existing USDA authority and elements of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that lower courts should not automatically prohibit the planting of biotech crop varieties, or the harvest and sale of biotech crops already planted, if/when their commercial use is temporarily banned because of a lawsuit.
But no need to be worried! She assures the public:
If the secretary [of Agriculture] believes that the crop at issue poses a risk in any way, he can forbid its use.
Italics added 😉