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article imageLatest Monsanto GMOs approved by USDA criticized by food agency

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 3, 2015 in Health
The U.S. Department of Agriculture deregulated food giant Monsanto's dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton last month but they did not do so without criticism. Critics maintain the genetically engineered products are dangerous.
Monsanto's new GMOs
The Center for Food Safety is such a critic. The non-profit organization has offices in Washington and San Francisco and focuses on examining trends in artificial foods like genetically modified plants and organisms (GMOs). The CFS fights decisions it believes will endanger the environment, the food supply and the health of humans.
It is against deregulation of dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton and in a press release the CFS wrote that the "anticipated widespread adoption of these GE crops" will eventually result in "an over 10-fold increase in dicamba use in American agriculture, from under 4 million lbs. at present to more than 40 million lbs. per year."
Chemicals used on weeds
Monsanto is presenting dicamba-resistant crops to overcome a problem they created. They used a herbicide called glyphosate extensively and now have an epidemic of glyphosate-resistant weeds. Their solution is the genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton and that, the CFS says, will lead to "more intractable weeds resistant to both dicamba and glyphosate."
“Monsanto’s genetically-engineered dicamba-resistant crops are yet another example of how pesticide firms are taking agriculture back to the dark days of heavy, indiscriminate use of hazardous pesticides, seriously endangering human health and the environment,” Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety wrote.
“If the EPA also reneges on its responsibility to protect human and environmental health, Center for Food Safety will pursue all available legal options to halt the introduction of these dangerous crops."
As Kimbrell notes, the Environmental Protections Agency must now approve the use of the new GMOs before Monsanto has the green light to put them into production. There is no specific date on when the EPA will rule in the matter.
The CFS warns consumers genetic engineering "is making American agriculture more chemical-dependent, and less sustainable than ever before."
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