The “Monsanto Protection Act” is what is becoming the colloquial term for HR 933, a spending bill signed in March of 2013 that has what this article lists as five specific dangers. One, that the federal judiciary will not be able to halt the sale or planting of GMOs, no matter what health issues could crop up in the future. Two, apparently the law was written with help from Monsanto’s legal department as well. Must be a fair amount of campaign donations flying around. Three, HR 933 actually was a bill aimed at averting a government shutdown, and this “Monsanto Protection Act” language actually comes into the bill as a rider, essentially. According to the author, many members of Congress had no idea this language was present. The article also worries that even with protesters present, President Obama signed the bill anyway. The last thing worried about is that this kind of corporate protection will set a dangerous precedent: that to get around goverment regulation, all a company has to do is buy off some legislators and write up a new law of their own.
Of all of the reasons listed in this article, the precedent concerning corporate interests gaining legislative ability is without a doubt the most concerning. With Citizens United, corporations can funnel however much money they want to into a cause or candidate that suits them, and now with this legal precedent, this could become a slippery slope of various interests buying protective legislation whenever they want.