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attended the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century
Agriculture (AC21) meeting. The committee’s draft report favors a policy of “coexistence”
between GMO and non-GMO crops.
discussed whether there should be compensation mechanisms to address economic
losses by farmers where the value of their crops was reduced “by the unintended
presence of GE materials.” The draft report is strongly leaning toward
recommending an insurance program that non-GE farmers have to buy into that
would compensate them in case their crops were contaminated by GE materials,
with no liability being laid at the door of GMO farmers.
The AC21 is now
accepting public comments on the draft report. Please contact USDA immediately
and tell them their “coexistence” premise is wrong—GE crops are not safe, and
should be banned altogether—but if GE and non-GE crops must coexist, then it is
the GE farmers who should be personally responsible for contamination of non-GE
crops! Otherwise they will have zero incentive to limit contamination. Please
take action today—a new draft will be circulated in just a few weeks, so these
comments need to be considered right away!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]