The so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” included in H.R. 933 gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the power to override judicial review and grant biotechnology companies temporary permission to cultivate their products. The provision is a feather in the cap of an industry that is facing ongoing public scrutiny and protest. 

Dave Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots coalition of farmers and citizens working to promote sustainable agriculture and communities.

“Congress has basically given a blank check to Monsanto,” he told Campus Progress.