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Update: Farmer Assurance Provison

Just when I typed the last contribution about the nice lobbying job (NLJ) of Monsanto, Syngenta et al, this hits the news (via CNBC):

Reuters Summary:

A strain of genetically engineered wheat never approved for sale or consumption was found sprouting on a farm in Oregon, the U.S. government said on Wednesday, and grain traders warned the discovery could hurt export prospects for U.S. wheat.

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NLJ: “Farmer” Assurance Provision

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 😉
– JAS

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