24 Apr '11, 12pm

USDA outsources biotech crop evaluation to #GMO industry

The program will most certainly be "more timely and efficient," for a biotech industry that has gained 7 million acres of crop cultivation in two years, but it's scary for our food system. This is no surprise considering the USDA's treatment of GMO sugar beets , announcing that farmers were allowed to grow genetically modified sugar beets this season, "while it finishes work on a full environmental impact statement on the beets' effect on other crops and the environment." Later, a court repealed Judge Jeffrey White's ruling that GMO sugar beets be destroyed because the risk of gene contamination in Oregon's Willamette Valley was so great. According to Grist , Judge White warned that environmental impact statements on crops were being conducted too fast, and now with this new pilot program it seems the process will go faster than ever.

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