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Group Calls on USDA to Improve Oversight of GE Crops

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Beyond Pesticides, along with upwards of 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling on the department to strengthen their oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically->

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Kathy B (106)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:45 pm
Groups await USDA’s response to their requests which include the following:

“USDA should halt new approvals of GE wheat field trials at least until the Oregon contamination investigation is complete.
USDA should fully implement recommendations made by investigative bodies and Congress that aim to improve field trial oversight.
USDA should publish a final report detailing the department’s investigation into the Oregon wheat event, including sampling and testing methodologies.
Before approving field trials, USDA should have the appropriate tools in hand to test for unapproved GE traits in cases of suspected and confirmed contamination events.
USDA should require mandated containment protocols for all GE crop field trials.”

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:49 pm
Where's the petition? The organic farmers should get compensation for the contaminated this the way GE and GMO crops will take over the US...Planned?? Noted with thanks.

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:38 pm
GMOs spread like germs through water, soil, wind. They are in the animals and in us.

Our scientists need to find a way for us to live with the GMOs that are already in our bodies.

They are even in our veggie burgers.....

We can't believe everything we read on the internet.

I hope the above is not true.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:35 am

. (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:50 am
Great article, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.

jan b (5)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 7:51 am
I just looked up the good and bad of GMs. I came away unconvinced its a totally bad thing since it mainly involves genes that are exchanged from one plant to another. But I agree it still needs regulation. And I'm still open to a debate about it.

Kathy B (106)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 8:56 am
Janice B., I'm glad you're keeping an open mind that's a good thing and I hope you continue to research.

I wish the science of GMOs was as simple as exchanging genes from one plant to another. I found this article to be very informative and thorough and easy to understand about explaining the difference between different breeding methods.

Christeen A (370)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:39 pm

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:16 pm
Thank you, Kathy. I wouldn't like to have to buy my seeds every year.

M Meyers (4)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:27 pm
If you are unsure why GMO crops are unsafe, please watch the following videos:
Seeds of Death
Genetic Roulette (do a search, or watch on link or free speech tv.)

You can also read about the Seralini experiments in France. Monsanto and similar biotech pesticide sales companies prevent researchers from doing independent research due to patenting controls. I go with the precautionary principle many countries around the world have adopted:until proven safe, don't use.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thanks for the article.

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 3:36 am
Noted... go organic go go Green!!
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