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    Default US Government Weakens Regulations on GMOs Despite Public Distrust

    Sustainable Pulse
    May 20 2020

    On Monday the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) released final regulations overhauling the nation’s decrepit regulatory system for genetically engineered (GE) organisms (commonly referred to as GMOs).

    The finalized regulations differ little from USDA’s draft regulations proposed last summer. Under the new regime, many GMOs that are currently regulated will no longer be subject to agency oversight, with developers (e.g. chemical companies creating these GMOs, such as Monsanto/Bayer) allowed to “self-determine” the regulatory status of their experimental GE organisms. GMO crops will also not undergo reviews for potential harms, including potential economic harms to farmers.
    “With these new regulations, USDA once again ignores the elephant in the room,” said Sylvia Wu, senior attorney at CFS. “The vast majority of GMOs sold and grown today are herbicide-resistant crops, which encourage over-reliance on particular weedkillers and have thus proven instrumental in generating noxious weeds immune to multiple herbicides. Yet USDA pointedly refuses to use its noxious weed authority to address this serious and rapidly growing threat to U.S. agriculture,” she added.

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    Default Re: US Government Weakens Regulations on GMOs Despite Public Distrust

    No surprise the government will allow the fox to continue to guard the hen house. But, there's a double whammy here. Not only do we suffer from the GMO crops, but the "herbicide drift of GMOs" allows it to infect otherwise conventional or organic crops with GMOs. Farmers claim they have no way to prevent the spread, and they receive no compensation for contaminated crops.

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