Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Farm group seeks U.S. halt on "dangerous" crop chemicals

Food production is a real Libertarian challenge. Folks say that the food industry needs to be regulated by the government to guarantee a safe food supply. When folks don't like what the government is doing, they start lobbying the government to change the rules and regulations. But the government only protects the interests of Big Food, Big Ag and Big Regulatory agencies that only benefit large commercial food producers at the expense of small food producers. Such a tactic equates to a concentration of power and wealth by shutting out competition. The smart solution is to require disclosure. Folks have an absolute right to know if they their foods are grown from GMO seeds and what pesticides/chemicals are used in the food products they consume.
A coalition of more than 2,000 U.S. farmers and food companies said Wednesday it is taking legal action to force government regulators to analyze potential problems with proposed biotech crops and the weed-killing chemicals to be sprayed over them. Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical, and Monsanto Co. are among several global chemical and seed companies racing to roll out combinations of genetically altered crops and new herbicides designed to work with the crops as a way to counter rapidly spreading herbicide-resistant weeds that are choking millions of acres of U.S. farmland.
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