January 9th, 2012
More proof that Science is a shill for Capitalism.
Agent Orange Herbicide Ingredient Would be Widely Used
USDA seeks comments for Monsanto and Dow genetically engineered crops
Cornucopia, WI – Over the holidays, the United States Department of Agriculture announced its approval of a novel strain of genetically engineered corn, developed by Monsanto, purportedly being “drought tolerant.”
Despite receiving nearly 45,000 public comments in opposition to this particular genetically engineered (GE) corn variety (and only 23 comments in favor), the Obama administration gave Monsanto the green light to release its newest GE corn variety freely into the environment and American food supply, without any governmental oversight or safety tracking.
“President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack just sent a clear message to the American public that they do not care about our concerns with genetically engineered food and their questionable safety, adverse environmental impacts, and detrimental effects on farmers, especially organic farmers,” says Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst with The Cornucopia Institute.
“This is just the latest in a string of approvals of genetically engineered crops, and it is clear that despite campaign promises of change from Obama, he has not had the courage to stand strong against the powerful agribusiness and biotechnology lobbies,” Kastel added.
December 18th, 2010
Guess who wins this fight?
CGS : Bioethics Commission on Synthetic Biology: “Prudent Vigilance” or Green Light?:
The report on synthetic biology [PDF] released today by the president’s bioethics commission concludes that no new regulations are needed for the field, which aims to create novel organisms with techniques that manipulate and synthesize DNA sequences.
A letter signed by 58 public interest organizations from 22 countries – including the Center for Genetics and Society – characterizes the recommendations as “deeply flawed.” A press release from Friends of the Earth, International Center for Technology Assessment and ETC Group expressed disappointment that “‘business as usual’ has won out over precaution in the commission’s report.” FoE’s biotechnology policy campaigner Eric Hoffman put it bluntly: “Self-regulation equates to no regulation.”