SEED POLICIES & GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

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Genetically modified crops remain controversial in much of the world, and for good reason. Some fear that GM food has not been proven to be safe, while others point to evidence of widespread environmental damage – habitat destruction, weed and pest resistance, and contamination of native food crops from uncontrolled genetic drift. Monsanto and other seed/chemical companies argue that their technologies are needed to feed the world. With the backing of the U.S. and other governments, they are demanding the “modernization” of seed laws and regulations to allow these companies to freely market their seeds and technologies in developing countries where the vast majority of food is produced with seeds saved from the previous harvest not bought on the commercial market. Such seed laws threaten to outlaw the free saving, exchange, and sale of native seeds while opening the door to GM seeds now rejected by most developing countries.

Corporate-sponsored seed laws threaten to outlaw the free saving, exchange, and sale of native seeds while opening the door to genetically modified seeds now rejected by most developing countries.

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