Anger grows against Obama after signing of Monsanto Protection Act‏

argylesock says… This is too important to ignore. I’m also gestating a blog post about Monsanto’s legal action against farmers who save seeds from GM crops.

GM crops are about farmers’ ownership of what they do, what they grow. They’re also about consumers’ safety but I’ve written before about how I think that’s a distraction. There’s not yet any robust evidence of a health risk from GM food. But there’s growing evidence of a risk to ecosystems (see the monarch butterfly, declining when Roundup Ready crops are sown). Now, here’s evidence of a risk to farmers’ rights to make choices about their farms.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to Anger grows against Obama after signing of Monsanto Protection Act‏

  1. Finn Holding says:

    Blimey Sam, that’s madness. The farmers who produce our food are being shafted from every direction. I really wonder where the market driven short-termism that prevails is going to lead us. Not a good place, I fear.

    • argylesock says:

      Me too. This clause is of huge importance but it seems to have been sneaked in when people weren’t looking. We know that Obama’s a busy man, and he doesn’t claim to be a scientist, but his advisors really should have spotted this clause.

  2. EqFe says:

    Roundup ready crops lower the cost of growing key grains in the short term. It seems to me the US government policy is very biased towards the production of cheap food. Everyone seems ok with avoiding the long term risks.

  3. Pingback: Monsanto Protection Act put GM companies above the federal courts | Science on the Land

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