Wednesday, July 6, 2011

USDA set to approve drought tolerant GM corn without proper EIS

Let your voice be heard

"On May 11, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the first-ever genetically engineered (GE), drought tolerant corn, MON 87460. APHIS is currently soliciting comments on this unprecedented GE crop, due July 11, 2011. The Center for Food Safety has begun reviewing the Draft EA, and, our analysis shows that USDA has not adequately analyzed or accounted for the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of this novel crop.

As with previous GE crop approvals, USDA’s proposal fails to comply with national environmental law, making APHIS’s approval illegal.

USDA’s proposal:
Fails to adequately consider and protect organic consumers
Fails to recognize farmers and consumers have the right to choose non-GE
Fails to analyze the adverse environmental impacts of additional corn cultivation enabled by MON87460
Fails to assess the environmental impacts of converting Conservation Reserve Program land to MON87460
Fails to analyze the benefits of drought-tolerant organic corn as an alternative to MON87460
Fails to use sound science and relies excessively on Monsanto data

Tell USDA to obey the law! Further analysis and environmental protections are necessary before any approval should be considered."
The same MO of putting corporate profits over the health and wellbeing of our environment. I know this may not seem like enough and it really isn't, but we have to keep being vocal in order to make them understand we know what they are doing and that we have the tools to boycott them and avoid what they foist out into this environment without our consent. They are using climate change to profit off of it even as people suffer due to it. They are only in this for the money. There are natural drought resistant traits that can be used that will not threaten biodiversity.


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