Last week, Earth Matters blogger Russell McLendon did a great job explaining What is the "Monsanto Protection Act."
You should read it to get a good overview of the rider that was “anonymously added to a U.S. budget bill in an apparent favor to biotech firms.” Read it all the way to the end, because you’ll want to know what’s in the last paragraph.
Jon Stewart also took a shot at explaining the “Monsanto Protection Act” on “The Daily Show.” You know what I love about Jon Stewart? My teenager doesn’t hear Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice coming out of his mouth. Let me explain. When I mention something like the Monsanto Protection Act at the dinner table, what my son hears is, “Wha, wha, wha, wha, wha, wha.” When Jon Stewart explains something, my son hears the whole thing and says something like, “Hey mom, did you know about this?”
Stewart might get us to laugh about the act, but it’s some serious business that young adults need to care about. It’s the future of their food, but they also need to care because of the political process that allowed a rider like this to end up in a completely unrelated bill. So, if like me, you can’t get your teens to really hear what you’re trying to tell them about this issue, tell them you’d like them to jump on their computer and watch something. If they’re anything like mine, they’ll be open to that.