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Monsanto Protection Act Not Included in Senate Amendment to House Continuing Resolution

Just Label It applauds U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her leadership in preventing a provision deemed the "Monsanto rider" from being included in a Senate amendment to the House Continuing Resolution. The provision would negate any meaningful judicial review of the USDA's decisions to allow planting of genetically engineered crops.

Washington, D.C. (September 26th, 2013) - Just Label It applauds U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her leadership in preventing a provision deemed the "Monsanto rider" from being included in a Senate amendment to the House Continuing Resolution. The provision would negate any meaningful judicial review of the USDA's decisions to allow planting of genetically engineered crops. Senator Mikulski issued a statement today on the Monsanto provision:

“My promises made are promises kept. I have never supported the Monsanto provision, and I continue to oppose it. When I became Appropriations Chairwoman and inherited this problem, I promised I would work to solve it. The Monsanto provision is not included in either of the Senate or House FY14 Agriculture Appropriations bills, and that is a good thing. There’s no reason for it to be included in a short-term CR, either.

Senator Mikulski has been an active proponent for the consumer right to know. She has supported a bill supporting labeling of genetically engineered fish, a Farm Bill amendment to require labeling for GE ingredients, and also co-sponsored a federal GE labeling bill introduced this spring by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

Polls show that more than 90% of American consumers want to know about the food they're eating, a right held by citizens in 64 countries around the world that already require mandatory labeling of GE foods. 

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