TV News LIES

Thursday, Apr 19th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment No seeds, no independent research

No seeds, no independent research

E-mail Print PDF

Genertically modified cornSoybeans, corn, cotton and canola -- most of the acres planted in these crops in the United States are genetically altered. "Transgenic" seeds reduce the use of some insecticides. But herbicide use is higher, and respected experts argue that some genetically engineered crops may also pose serious health and environmental risks. The benefits of genetically engineered crops may be overstated.

We don't have the complete picture. That's no accident. Multibillion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent scientists with seeds, or they've set restrictive conditions that severely limit research options.

This is legal. Under U.S. law, genetically engineered crops are patentable inventions. Companies have broad power over the use of any patented product, including who can study it and how.

Agricultural companies defend their stonewalling by saying that unrestricted research could make them vulnerable to lawsuits if an experiment somehow leads to harm, or that it could give competitors unfair insight into their products. But it's likely that the companies fear something else as well: An experiment could reveal that a genetically engineered product is hazardous or doesn't perform as promised.

Whatever the reasons, the results are clear: Public sector research has been blocked. In 2009, 26 university entomologists -- bug scientists -- wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency protesting restricted access to seeds. "No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions involving these crops," they wrote.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Trump admin starts plan to drill in Arctic wildlife refuge

Drilling to start in Alaskan wildlife refugeThe Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge....

Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage

Puerto Rico island wide outagePuerto Rico has suffered an island-wide power outage, Puerto Rico's power authority said Wednesday -- nearly...

A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

Climate change moves boundary shifts 140 miles A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have...

Trump's EPA quietly revamps rules for air pollution

Trump's EPA quietly revamps air pollution rulesThe Trump administration has quietly reshaped enforcement of air pollution standards in recent months through a...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!