Ask the US Dept. of Agriculture to increase safety over genetically engineered crops

Ask the US Dept. of Agriculture to increase safety over genetically engineered crops

    1. Petition by

      Food First

Submit to:
http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=SubmitComment&o=0900006480951d90

I am concerned about the health risks posed by genetically engineered crops. Some are a danger to human health, threaten or destroy the livelihoods of organic and conventional family farmers, and add stress to wildlife and the environment. Please consider withdrawing the proposed rules. If that's not possible, publish the environmental impact statement and stop approvals of all new GE crops until new regulations are in place.

There are five major concerns which make the proposed regulations even weaker than they currently are:

** The new rules would allow biotech companies to self-assess the safety of their own experimental GE crops to determine if the USDA should regulate them, allowing many crops that should be regulated to endanger life and livelihoods.

** GE crops that have been on the market for some time would be exempt from any USDA oversight. This threatens to overwhelm organics through contamination.

** A major flaw of these proposed regulations is the refusal to control pesticide-promoting GE crops in the face of documented increases in pesticide use that are associated with herbicide-tolerant crops (such as Round-up Ready) along with a rapid increase in pesticide resistant weeds.

** Drug and chemical-producing GE crops should be grown only indoors to prevent cross contamination of food crops.

** And the language preventing state and local agencies from having stronger rules must be dropped. These agencies know better than the federal government, the extent to which they need to regulate genetically engineered crops in their jurisdictions.

Sincerely,
(Your name)
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    • Joycey Berry CANTON, NC
      • over 5 years ago

      Thank you for making the pledge "Ask the US Dept. of Agriculture to increase safety over genetically engineered crops"

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    • John Talbot KINGSTON, JAMAICA
      • over 5 years ago

      We are all guinea pigs in the largest uncontrolled scientific experiment in history: the mass exposure of the population to genetically modified foods. The results will not be in for another 10-20 years, and if they are negative, by then, it will be too late to stop it.

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      • over 5 years ago

      Biotech companies are not objective enough to self-assess the safety of their products, ALL products (including those that have been on the market) need USDA oversight AND regulation by local agencies that should have the juristiction over GE products in their regions. 

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    • Shelli Netherton SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • over 5 years ago

      For my children. They deserve to eat natural food, do they not?

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    • Love Animals ATLANTA, GA
      • over 5 years ago

      How To Comment  You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

      ·  Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0023to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

      •  Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023.
      •  Public Forums. Written and oral comment will be accepted at three public forums held during the comment period. See Public Forums below. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

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