Thursday, February 10, 2011

Update

Field of sugar beets

In my previous post I wrote about the USDA considering genetically engineered alfalfa; they were to decide whether to completely deregulate or only partially deregulate its use. As we know by now, the USDA completely deregulated the genetically engineered seeds (click here for full story).

In a stunningly fast development last week, the USDA then went on to agree to a partial deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets. They are allowing farmers to plant these seeds this spring while they finish work on a full environmental impact study. (click here for full story)

Both of these crops' seeds have been modified to be resistant to the weed killer Roundup, which is produced by Monsanto, the same corporation who has created and lobbied for the modified seeds.

Lawsuits against the USDA rulings will go forth in both cases.

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In an update to the funding of school breakfasts for poor children:


It looks like Colorado lawmakers might be on the path to doing the right thing. A senate committee has voted to reinstate free breakfasts for poor children (click here for full story). The decision isn't final but must be approved by the House and Senate.

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