View Full Version : Under Industry Pressure, USDA Works to Speed Approval of Monsanto's Genetically Engin

12-14-11, 01:40 PM
Monday 12 December 2011
Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

For years, biotech agriculture opponents have accused regulators of working too closely with big biotech firms when deregulating genetically engineered (GE) crops. Now, their worst fears could be coming true: under a new two-year pilot program at the USDA, regulators are training the world's biggest biotech firms, including Monsanto, BASF and Syngenta, to conduct environmental reviews of their own transgenic seed products as part of the government's deregulation process.

This would eliminate a critical level of oversight for the production of GE crops. Regulators are also testing new cost-sharing agreements that allow biotech firms to help pay private contractors to prepare mandatory environmental statements on GE plants the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering deregulating.

The USDA launched the pilot project in April and, in November, the USDA announced vague plans (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/11/ge_petition_process.shtml) to "streamline" the deregulation petition process for GE organisms. A USDA spokesperson said the streamlining effort is not part of the pilot project, but both efforts appear to address a backlog of pending GE crop deregulation petitions that has angered big biotech firms seeking to rollout new products.

Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/under-industry-pressure-usda-works-speed-approval-monsantos-genetically-engineered-crops/1323453319

12-14-11, 01:43 PM
This is such an ethical slap in the face to US consumers that words fail me. It should alleviate any doubt that government at every level in America is corporate-controlled. One tiny hope: that with the help of the Occupy movement, Bernie Sanders will succeed in convincing Congress to declare Citizens United unconstitutional.

12-14-11, 01:47 PM
I think I am going to just go hide under the covers today......back in the fight tomorrow!