Good news for food lovers–the highly controversial Monsanto Protection Act was removed from the spending bill at the end of September after months of worldwide protests and a new amendment banishing the provision.
Known officially as section 735 of the HR 933 continuing resolution, the provision was written by Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo and Monsanto Company and was passed in March. The legislation disabled federal courts from stopping sale and propagation of genetically modified seeds and crops despite obvious safety concerns.
When news of the passed bill hit the mainstream, major backlash erupted. In May, thousands of individuals participated in the global protest, March Against Monsanto and more than 250,000 voters signed a petition to dump the bill. Monsanto was even dubbed “2013’s Most Evil Corporation” in a poll this past summer.
The outcry prompted U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-MD and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore to present an amendment removing the “Monsanto Protection Act” and it was approved in September.
“One week ago, I asked, ‘Who pulls more weight on Capitol Hill? The agrichemical companies like Dow and Monsanto, or the food movement?’” Elizabeth Kucinich, policy director for the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “Thanks to the leadership of Senator Barbara Mikulski we now know the answer: the food movement.”