EPA approves complex GE crop behind closed doors

cat in the hat wtf is this shitBy Union of Concerned Scientists

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the most complex genetically engineered (GE) crop ever to enter the U.S. food supply, without notifying the public or inviting public comment. SmartStax, a variety of corn containing eight new genes—six for insect resistance and two for herbicide tolerance—is significantly different from the three-gene corn varieties that the agency previously approved.
Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the joint developers of SmartStax, expect the new variety to be grown on three to four million acres next year, the largest launch ever of a GE crop.
The EPA excluded the public from the SmartStax decision process on the grounds that it had already approved other varieties containing the individual genes. The agency also bowed to industry pressure to lower safeguards against insect pests becoming resistant to the new genes. Read more from Bloomberg.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is alarmed:
“We are disappointed that the new administration’s first approval of a major new GE crop was done behind closed doors. SmartStax raises important risk issues such as the potential for insects to develop resistance to the new gene combination that should have been addressed in a transparent, participatory process.” ~ Jane Rissler, Deputy Director/Senior Scientist

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the most complex genetically engineered (GE) crop ever to enter the U.S. food supply, without notifying the public or inviting public comment. SmartStax, a variety of corn containing eight new genes—six for insect resistance and two for herbicide tolerance—is significantly different from the three-gene corn varieties that the agency previously approved.

Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the joint developers of SmartStax, expect the new variety to be grown on three to four million acres next year, the largest launch ever of a GE crop.

The EPA excluded the public from the SmartStax decision process on the grounds that it had already approved other varieties containing the individual genes. The agency also bowed to industry pressure to lower safeguards against insect pests becoming resistant to the new genes. Read more from Bloomberg.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is alarmed:

“We are disappointed that the new administration’s first approval of a major new GE crop was done behind closed doors. SmartStax raises important risk issues such as the potential for insects to develop resistance to the new gene combination that should have been addressed in a transparent, participatory process.” ~ Jane Rissler, Deputy Director/Senior Scientist

2 responses to “EPA approves complex GE crop behind closed doors

  1. Isn’t it so, so, hmm? unfunny, that mrs O is so pro Organic for HER FAMILY, yet her man can allow and tacitly approve? of something so corrupt as this approval, and the lowering of standards already too low for real safety?
    I wonder? should someone send her some of the new Smartcrap for her next eating event…as the inane adverts call eating food.
    I would LOVE to see her face if it was put in front of her, unlabelled! and she is told AFTER eating!
    mind you, it really is NOT food is it?

    Get Taylor OUT!! they can get an honest man booted out PDQ. so what about someone this corrupt, aw gee, yup its american politics, the money man wins!

  2. Taylor worked for Monsanto and probably still owns the stock and maybe a pension from there but no one calls him or Obama on outright bias and the potential to ruin our food. That new seed bank is starting to sound like a good idea for every farmer.

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