"... training the world's biggest biotech firms, including Monsanto, BASF and Syngenta, to conduct environmental reviews of their own transgenic seed products.Where the world stands:
... testing new cost-sharing agreements that allow biotech firms to help pay private contractors to prepare mandatory environmental statements on GE plants.
This would eliminate a critical level of oversight for the production of GE crops.
Activists say biotech firms like Monsanto are concerned only with profit and routinely supply regulators with one-sided information.
Bill Freese, a policy expert with the Center for Food Safety (CFS):
"It's the equivalent of letting BP do their own Environmental Assessment of a new rig."- From: EXCLUSIVE: Under Industry Pressure, USDA Works To Speed Approval Of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Crops, Truthout, 12 December 2011
- The US promotes biotech (both Obama and Bush).
- China, Argentina, and Brazil have embraced biotech.
- Europe, including France and Spain, have been cautious, in some cases hostile towards biotech. Europe labels its food, US does not.
- GE crops are banned in Hungary and Peru [and Ireland].
- Allow biotech plants to go to market without more in-depth environmental reviews.
- Suspend commercial planting of biotech until the government can complete environmental reviews.
- Farm out the job of environmental review - let someone pay for it besides the taxpayer.
- Increase USDA resources. Raise taxes? Reallocate? Borrow?