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Cheap GMOs Are In Your Gas Tank

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The environmental news and commentary website Grist posted a story this week about federal crop insurance. Yawn, right?

Wake up! The story talks about what is, in effect a subsidy for companies creating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and at the same time a punishment for organic farmers. Here’s a brief quote:

Last Wednesday, Monsanto announced that the Federal Crop Insurance corporation (FCIC) approved a pilot program that will give farmers a 20 percent discount on insurance premiums if they plant a majority of their corn acres with seeds featuring Monsanto’s trademarked YieldGard Plus with Roundup Ready Corn 2 or YieldGard VT Triple stack technology. This is the first time the FCIC Board has approved a crop insurance discount for specific crop traits, but not likely the last.

For more information about GMOs, read this article from the Land Institute.


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