The bill has created a wave of mass protest with thousands opposing the bill.
Food activists are outraged over section 735 of the bill, called the Farmer assurance provision, which they are calling the Monsanto Protection Act and which they are claiming could harm America’s food supply.
Dave Murphy the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now, called the bill outrageous. “This is an ATM machine for Monsanto,” Murphy said. Monsanto “basically opened a new line of credit when they got this thing passed.”
“It’s basically a corporate handout to Monsanto,” Murphy claimed. “It hurts every farmer. … Every consumer is at risk.”
The petition specifies that the provision “forced USDA to immediately approve any permits for continued planting at the industry’s request, putting industry completely in charge by allowing for a ‘back door approval’ mechanism.”
It is very apparent that consumer voices and protests have gone unheeded.