We have just a few more days—until the end of the day Monday, August 5—to let the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) know that the people who pay their salaries (that would be us) are mighty unhappy with their plans to put chemical-pushers like Monsanto in charge of deciding what’s “safe.”
Under a proposal the USDA ridiculously calls “Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient,” or “SECURE” for short, the job of “regulating” genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would be handed over to the companies that create them.
Why did this obviously flawed proposal come about? Because the USDA “wants agribusiness to sell more genetically engineered (GE) seeds and food products all over the world, as soon as possible,” says Dr. Steve Suppan, senior policy analyst for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
How did it come about? Secretly and suspiciously, according to IATP:
Input to develop the proposed rule occurred at private meetings with 80 organizations, with no public record of how these organizations influenced the content of the proposed rule. The private meetings with no public announcement are likely illegal under the Administrative Procedures Act and other laws governing federal rulemaking.
If approved, this proposal will be a disaster for consumers, and a disaster for the environment.
It's not a done deal yet. Please let the USDA know what you think. And don’t hold back.