11 Jul '11, 6pm

Going rogue: USDA may have just opened the GMO floodgates: via @grist

Did the USDA just go rogue and open the floodgates to unlimited, unregulated planting of new genetically engineered crops? According to Tom Philpott at Mother Jones , it sure looks that way. And it may all be thanks to a new breed of Kentucky bluegrass that's been modified by the Scotts Corporation to be resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. This happened because of the patchwork system the USDA and Congress erected to regulate GMOs. Believe it or not, the USDA regulates GMO crops as either "plant pests" -- because most GMOs contain genes from viruses and other organisms considered plant pests -- or as "noxious weeds" -- because GMO crops could outcompete conventional plants. Indeed, there is no specific law that establishes a unique system designed from the ground up to regulate genetically modified crops (or meat or fish, for that matter). First, Scotts convinced th...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-07-11-go...

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