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Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings

March 24, 2011
Lyndsey Layton
3/23/2011

At the supermarket, most shoppers are oblivious to a battle raging within U.S. agriculture and the Obama administration’s role in it. Two thriving but opposing sectors — organics and genetically engineered crops — have been warring on the farm, in the courts and in Washington.

Organic growers say that, without safeguards, their foods will be contaminated by genetically modified crops growing nearby. The genetic engineering industry argues that its way of farming is safe and should not be restricted in order to protect organic competitors.

Into that conflict comes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who for two years has been promising something revolutionary: finding a way for organic farms to coexist alongside the modified plants.

But in recent weeks, the administration has announced a trio of decisions that have clouded the future of organics and boosted the position of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Vilsack approved genetically modified alfalfa and a modified corn to be made into ethanol, and he gave limited approval to GE sugar beets.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. marlio permalink
    March 24, 2011 7:50 pm

    MOnsanto and other genetically engineered crops grown by other such countries are bad for humans and animals will not touch them. Animals can instinctively tell right off, gmo food is bad for them and will not eat it. If its bad for animals, its not good for humans either and I dont wish to purchase it. I know , better than the government, what is best for me to consume.

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