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USDA secretary Tom Vilsack has directed his Advisory
Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture to come up with a plan
to compensate organic and conventional farmers whose crops become contaminated
because of genetically engineered foods.
While it might seem that Monsanto would have to treat
organic farmers fairly and pay them for the damage caused by the contamination,
it is more likely that what is intended is really a new protection scheme for
Monsanto—a legal shelter
that will limit Monsanto’s future monetary damages. If the Committee’s plan
denies farmers the right to file lawsuits, this would become a way to protect
the the biotech farming industry from potentially huge financial losses.
Please contact USDA secretary Tom Vilsack and
tell him America will not stand for any of USDA’s attempt to shield the GE industry from liability when their products contaminate surrounding organic and
conventional crops. We need to nip this in the bud now before it gains
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