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The 'Monsanto Act' and the Threatened Future of Food

Congress passed a bill last week that "protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks." What does that really mean?

Congress passed a bill last week that included a provision which "protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks." This provision is now called the "Monsanto Act." This provision was snuck into an "emergency" bill (its always an emergency, isn't it?) which prevented the shutdown of the government, and many of those who voted for it may not have actually read it.

We don't know the eventual consequences of genetically engineered food—we don't even know the current consequences of it. I keep thinking back to the invention of plastics, which must have seemed like a magical solution, but now pollute every ecosystem in the world and also our bodies, causing hormonal changes, cancers, and other effects. There are often unintended and unforeseen consequences in the implementation of new technologies that become obvious only decades or even generations afterward. We are currently running an uncontrolled experiment on the entire population of this country, and other parts of the Earth, without any agreements or controls.

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Could Superweeds Mean the End of Genetically Engineered Crops?

Superweeds could be the final nudge needed to prompt an about-face on America’s acceptance of GE foods.

Forget the lowly dandelion. There’s a bigger menace threatening the American landscape: “superweeds,” agricultural intruders that are all-but-impossible to kill because they’ve evolved a resistance to traditional chemical herbicides. These virulent growers are choking out the country’s corn, cotton, and soybeans, costing farmers millions of dollars in lost crops. Superweeds have spread their roots to more than 12 million acres of American crop fields so far, and they show no signs of being uprooted.

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Feast Your Eyes: Monsanto's Conquest of Weather

Check out the incredible conquest Monsanto embarked upon in 1958.

This ad appeared in LIFE magazine on April 14, 1958—and documents Monsanto's long-standing mission to assert itself over nature.

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Everything Starts with a Seed

Support your regional seed saver. When Tom Stearns was 19, he started saving seeds from his garden and sharing them with...

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