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The Monsanto Protection Act: Why Has Obama Given Immunity to the Production and Sale of GMOs?

Al Jazeera, Democracy Now! dig deeper

Al Jazeera: The controversial Monsanto Protection Act:

Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, discusses with guests: Tom Philpott, the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones magazine; and Colin O'Neill, director of Government Affairs at the Centre for Food Safety;

Inside Story asked a Monsanto representative to join the programme but they declined.

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Democracy Now!: The Monsanto Protection Act? A Debate on Controversial New Measure Over Genetically Modified Crops:

"President Obama outraged food activists last week when he signed into law a spending bill with a controversial rider that critics have dubbed the 'Monsanto Protection Act.' The rider says the government must allow the planting of genetically modified crops even if courts rule they pose health risks. The measure has galvanized the U.S. food justice movement, which is now preparing for its next fight when the provision expires in six months.

"We host a discussion on the 'Monsanto Protection Act' and the safety of genetically modified foods with two guests: Gregory Jaffe, director of the Biotechnology Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that addresses food and nutrition issues; and Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the book, 'Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.' On Wednesday, Hauter’s group is releasing a major new report called 'Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.'"

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