Tester strips protection for genetically modified crops from debt-ceiling bill

“Stripping out the Monsanto Protection Act is a victory for American consumers and family farm agriculture,” Tester said. “I'm pleased that Congress stood up for accountability and transparency and against special interests.”

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Monsanto is one of the largest producers of genetically modified crops, which have come under criticism from farmers because the crops yielded often don’t’ produce usable seeds for the next planting season, forcing farmers to repurchase seeds from the company every year. Montana is a large farming state.

There are also some criticisms that not enough is known about genetically modified crops and the health implications from consuming them.

The provision was originally added to a government-funding bill in March as part of the last fiscal year continuing resolution.

Tester vowed to ensure the “damaging provision” never becomes law again.