Just a quick update on the “Not Gonna Let Them Catch the Biotech Rider*“.
Since President Obama signed into legislation the Continuing Resolution, including section 735, aka “Biotech Rider”. The pro-GM labeling movement has been rallying hard against what they perceive is special protection for the major seed companies. They actually call it the “Monsanto Protection Act”.
The pro-GM labeling movement had died down a little after the defeat of Prop 37 in California, but the “Biotech Rider” has re-invigorated the movement. Activists may try to court challenge the rider, and it is also worth noting that the budget bill that contains the Biotech Rider will expire on September 30th.
I expect to see additional media attention about GM labeling in the next few months. There currently are bills requiring labeling in more than 20 states. There is even one in Illinois, although it has not gained that much attention, and I would anticipate the major battles to happen outside of the agricultural states.
Read More about this in the GEN Article: GMO Rider: ‘Monsanto Protection’ or ‘Farmer Sustainability’? As Washington embraces GMOs, opponents look to studies, states, and retailers for support. Click here for the article.
Another interesting article/post that ties back to “Not Gonna Let Them Catch the Biotech Rider*” is by Dr. Margaret Zeigler in The Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought blog. In the post The Right Policies to Feed the World While Preserving Natural Resources, Dr. Zeigler talks about how we need to embrace innovation in order to allow more countries to produce more food, more efficiently. And the impact of policies that do not embrace technology will have on the environment. It is a really great read, much better than my blog posts.
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