This was tacked in the spending bill that was quickly passed into law(Because you know...financial cliffs)Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.
What Is the So-Called 'Monsanto Protection Act'? Is It Eeeeeevil?
The other:it's saying that when the regulatory process for genetically modified food is made, the company does not have to stop growing or distributing the plant product until the state makes a full analysis of the safety of the plant. It's saying that genetically modified food never has to be fully tested for safety in order for it to be fed to consumers. It doesn't have to be proven safe before it can be fed to citizens.
we all know that corporations know whats best for the safety and well being of citizens. Like stagnating the middle class, or you know, asbestos.
The statute only kicks in after the regulatory process - a decade-long process, including safety testing - is complete. This is about what happens when someone sues to stop them after the USDA has approved them, and allows farmers to continue growing their crop in the interim rather than have to shut everything down during the court proceedings.
It only last 6 months..but it is still quite a strange story....