US passes Monsanto Bill

Known as the King amendment the agribusiness company Monsanto is lobbying hard to prevent state governments from being able to legislate over the use of their genetically modified seeds and controversial products such as RoundUp.

Some commentators have called it the Monsanto protection act but the Guardian newspaper also points to its impact on the social fabric of America. Elements of the farm bill, as it stands, will cut food stamps to the poor and the previously incarcerated, thus increasing poverty and possibly crime; add to the growing obesity crisis by encouraging chemical sugar substitutes; and support factory farming at the expense of sustainable food production with abusive crop subsidies.

A March against Monsanto will take place in Brisbane’s King George Square at 2pm tomorrow afternoon.

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