Two articles about legislation regarding GMOs

The first article, from The Progressive, talks about riders to the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill [aka the Farm Bill] that would enable Monsanto and others to go ahead and plant GMO crops even while court-ordered reviews of their safety are still taking place, before any results have come in.

The second, from the Pesticide Action Network, describes a petition by farmers to the Secretary of Agriculture to stop approval of new GMOs resistant to stronger herbicides like Dicamba and 2,4D. Approval of these crops would undoubtedly lead to a huge rise in the use of these powerful and destructive substances.

Both of these articles highlight the “insider”process by which these new and powerful technologies with uncertain outcomes are being streamlined into the food chain of the world. At the same time they demonstrate that public scrutiny is on the rise and give hope that movements for food justice and healthy food can catch up with the corporate insider advantage and take back control of our food systems for the farmers and the people.

Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
By Jim Goodman, December 13, 2012
The Progressive

“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don’t feel the least bit assured.

The only assurance it provides is that Monsanto and the rest of the agriculture biotech industry will have carte blanche to force the government to allow the planting of their biotech seeds.

In addition, the House Agriculture Committee’s 2012 farm bill draft includes three riders – Sections 1011, 10013 and 10014. These amendments would essentially destroy any oversight of new Genetically Engineered (GE) crops by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

For the rest of the article and more on the subject, go to

http://progressive.org/monsanto-gets-its-way-in-ag-bill

Farmers to USDA: Stop new GE crops
from Pesticide Action Network

In Iowa earlier this week, organic and conventional farmers delivered over 40,000 petition signatures and a clear message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Stop the approval of “next generation” GE corn and soy crops. Now.

Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant corn is the first of 10 herbicide-resistant crops in the queue pending USDA approval, with Monsanto’s dicamba soy and others not far behind. If approved, these new GE crops would dramatically drive up the use of harmful pesticides, placing the burden of increased costs and health risks on farmers and local communities.

For the rest of the article and more on the subject go to

http://www.panna.org/blog/farmers-usda-stop-new-ge-crops