Monsanto begins selling GMO seeds directly to consumersSubmitted by SteveMT on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 22:42
Congress OKs GMOs, Monsanto Makes Sure You Can Grow Them at Home
By Krista Simmons in Food on June 22, 2012 11:30 AM
Earlier this week, a committee made up of members of the US House of Representatives agreed to allow genetically modified crops more commonly referred to as GMOs to continue to be used on American farmland. The seeds of said crops are patented by biotech giants like Monsanto and Dupont Co., who argue that their Frankenseeds help provide Americans with an abundant and reliable food supply while remaining competitive in the world market. Bloomberg Business says that the one-paragraph provision to the 90-page bill, which is headed to the full House for consideration, will "circumvent legal obstacles that have slowed commercialization of engineered crops, sometimes for years, benefiting Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company. Planting would be permitted until USDA completes any analysis required by a judge."
This is not good news for advocates of good, clean, and fair food, heirloom seed savers, and small-scale organic farmers. Says RT:
Monsanto has garnered their fair share of opponents as of late, a result that many will argue comes from the company’s heated stance against small-time farmers. The corporation has threatened lesser farms with hundreds of lawsuits for using genetically modified crops patented by Monsanto that have been carried onto their farms by wind and other elements of nature. Recently, the corporation threatened to sue the entire state of Vermont because lawmakers there were considering a bill that would force manufacturers to label products that are created either partially or in full from a GMO.