Agriculture

US Plotted Getting Activists To Destroy EU GM Crops: Wikileaks

"Reacting to a French pledge to represent the 'common interest' in considering biotech foods, a former US ambassador recommended publishing a 'retaliation list' of European locations where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were being grown in hopes that activists would destroy them and 'cause some pain' for officials, a leaked diplomatic cable shows."

Source: Raw Story, 12/21/2010

Leaked Memo Shows EPA Ignored Own Scientists to OK Bee-Toxic Pesticide

"An internal EPA memo released [Dec. 8] confirms that the very agency charged with protecting the environment is ignoring the warnings of its own scientists about clothianidin, a pesticide from which Bayer racked up ... about $262 million in sales in 2009."

Source: Grist, 12/17/2010

"Amid Court Pressure, USDA Eyes GMO Alfalfa Compromise"

"Amid complaints of environmental harm and pressure from a federal court, U.S. agriculture regulators are considering a compromise approval for genetically altered alfalfa that would allow the crop to be grown with certain restrictions aimed at protecting non-GMO crops, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 12/17/2010

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