AG Week: Mont. senator cuts pro-GMO bill

Tester, who farms near Big Sandy, Mont., says the act prevented the U.S. Department of Agriculture from dealing with legitimate GMO concerns. Many European and Asian markets don’t disallow GMO foods. Tester says the bill assured a “lack of corporate liability” and “lets genetically modified crops take hold across the country — even when a judge finds it violates the law.

“Stripping out the Monsanto Protection Act is a victory for American consumers and family farm agriculture,” Tester says. “I’m pleased that Congress stood up for accountability and transparency and against special interests. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to make sure that this damaging provision never again makes it into law.”

The provision had been promoted by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. St. Louis, Mo., is the headquarters for Monsanto Co., one of the nation’s most important agricultural technology companies and inventor of Roundup Ready (glyphosate- resistant) crops.