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The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods

The Dramatic New Rule Change for Genetically Engineered Foods

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  • 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

By Dr. Mercola

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.


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