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Friday, April 5, 2013

Monsanto Protection Act: What All The Fuss Is About

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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By now, if you're involved in the food industry in any way you've probably heard of the rider sneaked into the House spending bill that's being called the "Monsanto Protection Act" by outraged parties. It's part of a bill that Obama signed last week (and basically had to sign to keep the government from shutting down), but seemingly no one knew about this unrelated piece of legislation that basically invalidates any court ruling that would otherwise prevent GMO crops from being planted or sold -- even if there's evidence that they're harmful.

It's complicated, but there are a few resources to help you parse the situation. Mark Bittman's Times op-ed this week, "Why Do G.M.O.'s Need Protection?", breaks down the implications neatly. Former Examiner food critic Jesse Hirsch wrote a timeline in the new publication Modern Farmer. And on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart took on the issue in one of those brilliant rants only he can muster. Watch the video after the jump.

See also: Whole Foods Announces It Will Require GMO Labeling by 2018

GMO Labeling: Looking to the Future Post-Prop. 37

New Study Shows Voter Support for Genetically Modified Food Labeling in California

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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