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The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
04-08-2012, 12:58 PM,
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The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
Posted By Dr. Mercola | April 03 2012 |

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules will cut the time it takes biotech companies that create genetically modified crops to go through the regulatory review by about half. One way the USDA plans to speed up approvals is by asking for public comments as soon as a petition for the deregulation of a biotech crop is filed, rather than waiting until the end of the review

Last year, the USDA also created a two-year long pilot program that allows biotech companies like Monsanto to conduct their own environmental assessments; a decision that is fraught with massive conflicts of interest

Monsanto is facing a class-action lawsuit involving tens of thousands of residents from Nitro, West Virginia, where a Monsanto chemical plant produced the herbicide 2,4,5-T, a component of Agent Orange. The suit alleges the company spread toxic substances, primarily carcinogenic dioxins, all over the city

Since Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified (GM) seeds, if you don’t want to support Monsanto, avoid buying GM foods and also support California’s 2012 Ballot Initiative to require labels on GMOs.



Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules, Monsanto and other biotech companies that create genetically modified (GM) crops will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically engineered food products.

The new rules will cut the time needed to approve biotech crops in half—from an average of three years, to about 13 months for new versions of already existing crop technologies, and about 16 months for brand new technologies.

The U.S. Congress is also helping out by increasing the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2012 budget for biotech regulation from $13 million to $18 million.

One way the USDA plans to speed up approvals is by asking for public comments as soon as a petition for the deregulation of a biotech crop is filed, rather than waiting until the end of the review.

However, according to Bloombergi:

"The Center for Food Safety, a Washington-based non-profit group that has successfully challenged approvals of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar-beet and alfalfa crops, said the rule change is aimed at preventing opponents of modified crops from voicing criticism of the agency's methods.

"They are trying to work the system so they can dismiss public comments more quickly and easily in order to speed things up," Bill Freese, a policy analyst at the group, said in a telephone interview.

"It's a rubber-stamp system. A real regulatory system will occasionally reject something.""

Monsanto Will Also Conduct Its Own Environmental Impact Studies...

As if that's not enough, let's not forget that the USDA also created a two-year long pilot program last year, which allows biotech companies like Monsanto to conduct their own environmental assessments.ii

This decision opens the door for massive conflicts of interest, because if history has shown us anything, it's that industries CANNOT police themselves. The end result is always the same—corporate vested interests win every time. This is exactly why we need independent agencies to do safety reviews.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government and our regulatory agencies are FILLED with former Monsanto employees, which is likely why all federal actions relating to genetically engineered foods are so illogical and downright foolhardy.

Take Michael Taylor for example. He was the vice president of public policy and a chief lobbyist at Monsanto, and he's now the deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! According to Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Taylor oversaw the creation of GMO policy, which may help explain why genetically engineered foods do not have to be labeled in the U.S.

According to Jeffrey Smith:

"If GMOs are indeed responsible for massive sickness and death, then the individual who oversaw the FDA policy that facilitated their introduction holds a uniquely infamous role in human history. That person is Michael Taylor. He had been Monsanto's attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto's vice president and chief lobbyist."

Once you realize just how many of Monsanto's employees have shifted into positions of power within the federal government, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to understand why they appear to so callously ignore public safety and turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to any and all evidence of harm linked to Monsanto's products.
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04-09-2012, 03:44 AM,
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RE: The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
They will not stop GMOs until the sheeple stop eating them. I hope ALL conceners are avoiding ALL processed foods. I just dont get it, its not THAT hard to use only whole foods regardless of which side of the vegan/meat eating spectrum you are on. And better still only home grown or organic or locally grown.
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04-09-2012, 04:07 AM,
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RE: The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
nwo2012: It's not difficult, but it is time consuming for people who've been suckered into paying for loans and mortgages, feeding themselves and their kids expensive convenience foods due to the rat race they've been indoctrinated into, and/or just being too lazy to cook something from natural sources. How does one fight something like that?
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04-09-2012, 04:32 PM,
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RE: The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods
(04-09-2012, 04:07 AM)thokling Wrote: nwo2012: It's not difficult, but it is time consuming for people who've been suckered into paying for loans and mortgages, feeding themselves and their kids expensive convenience foods due to the rat race they've been indoctrinated into, and/or just being too lazy to cook something from natural sources. How does one fight something like that?

Eugenics. :p
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