Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Praises Senate Efforts to End “Monsanto Protection Act”
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the “Monsanto Protection Act” will end on September 30, 2013, under a new Senate plan to fund the government through November 15. The Monsanto Protection Act currently prohibits courts from imposing interim use restrictions and forces the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the continued planting and commercialization of an unlawfully approved GE crop. The House must pass the Senate version of the funding bill in order to end the Monsanto Protection Act.
“As a long-time proponent of labeling genetically engineered (GE) foods, I am thrilled that the controversial ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ could end as early as next week,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who has been a vocal opponent to the provision. “The legislation, also known as Section 735, suppresses the right of Americans to seek legal recourse to address potential environmental, economic, and health damages caused by GE foods. This is a big win for the people of Hawai‘i and for democracy. Now, the House must make the right choice and vote to pass the Senate’s proposal.”
Since its passing in March, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has worked consistently to end the Monsanto Protection Act. On September 18, she wrote to House appropriators to request that the Monsanto Protection Act be excluded from any new government funding bill. In April, she wrote to wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack in April to express her concerns about the implications of Section 735, which was included earlier this year in a must-pass funding bill.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been a vocal supporter of mandatory labeling for products containing GE ingredients. In March 2013, she co-sponsored the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. She also passed a resolution while serving in the Honolulu City Council to urge the Food and Drug Administration to require GE labeling.