February 11, 2011 by esarsea
“This year we are witnessing the dawn of the Obama-era USDA, one where biotech interests seemingly trump the rule of law. Several genetically engineered crops are being rammed through the regulatory approval process without serious scientific scrutiny or public input in 2011.”
In a genuinely astounding move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to ignore a court order and continue to allow the planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets – genetically engineered to withstand the company’s patented herbicide.
This decision came one week after the agency’s highly-controversial assertion that Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa does not need to be commercially restricted in any way.”
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