USDA to Give Monsanto’s New GMO Crops Special ‘Speed Approval’

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Sunday 26 February 2012
“This is a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits.”
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If you thought Monsanto’s lack of testing on their current GMO crops was bad before, prepare to now be blown away by the latest statement by the USDA. Despite links to organ damage and mutated insects, the USDA says that it is changing the rules so that genetically modified seed companies like Monsanto will get ‘speedier regulatory reviews’. With the faster reviews, there will be even less time spent on evaluating the potential dangers. Why? Because Monsanto is losing sales with longer approval terms.

The changes are expected to take full effect in March when they’re published in the Federal Register. The USDA’s goal is to cut the approval time for GMO crops in half in order to speedily implement them into the global food supply. The current USDA process takes longer than they would like due to ‘public interest, legal challenges, and the challenges associated with the advent of national organic food standards‘ says USDA deputy administrator Michael Gregoire.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, problems like public interest (activist groups attempting to bring the dangers of GMO crops to light), legal challenges (farmers suing Monsanto over genetic contamination), and national food standards are all getting in the way of their prime goal — to helpMonsanto unleash their latest untested GMO creation. In fact, the concern is that Monsanto may be losing cash flow as nations like Brazil speed genetically modified seeds through laughable approval processes.

Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, states it quite plainly. This is a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits. After all, who cares about public health?

It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview.

The same statements are re-iterated by analyst Jeff Windau in an interview with Bloomberg:

“If you can reduce the approval time, you get sales that much faster,” said Windau

If you can reduce the approval time, as in the time it takes to determine if these food products are safe, then you can get sales much faster. Is the USDA working for the United States consumer, or is it working for Monsanto?



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

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I didn't approve the

I didn't approve the piaragotpon of Monsanto GMO crops, just the opposite.Not only are they dangerous to wildlife, they are a danger to you and me and our offspring as is the rest of their productsReferences :

Cheri, your heart is in the

Cheri, your heart is in the right place, but we don't want gvt subsidizing organic farming. Gvt involvement NEVER helps. The best subsidy for organic farmers is people like you, me, and everyone else posting here to simply seek out the products and buy them. We make decisions on average 3 times a day on what we want our farmers to feed us. I know it's difficult, and requires some sacrifice, but let's all go the extra mile, and commit to consuming locally grown, organic foods - everyone (but monsanto) wins in that scenario.

Arachne, your synopsis is

Arachne, your synopsis is very well written. Wish I could post some of these comments on my Facebook, but don't know if that is allowed without permission. Anybody know the answer to that? I wish organic farmers could be subsidized so the whole country could reap the benefits of healthy food and bring the costs down. What a grass roots move that would be.

I wish more people would take

I wish more people would take the time and effort to make their objections heard by our Gov. Instead of just commenting on another comment. I am going to Sign this petition as well. Hopefully one more will follow me, and so on. Thanks for your comment TREX22

Yea, I really wish more

Yea, I really wish more people would recognize this. He's a con man. He says what you want to hear and then does something different. People need to stop being so gullible.

The bottom line for me is

The bottom line for me is that I don't like being a science experiment. I also don't like being deceived. LABEL IT!!!

I think we are seeing the

I think we are seeing the effects of food contamination already. Autism is on the rise, behavior problems are every where. Like the boy this week who shot his classmates. Road rage is very common. As for me I live on an old farm that was organically farmed for years and years. When we bought it there were honey bees every. You could heard them in trees, the whole tree just hummed. Now they are few and far between. This year for the first time in 24 years I am planting seed to get a more diverse pollinators. We couldn't even get zucchini pollinated last year. We got about 6 zukes all summer long. There are farm fields all around us. When potatoes are grown across the road not only is artificial fertilizer used, but they are sprayed and then crop dusted once a week, usually first thing Monday morning. One day it was 5AM. Try waking up to a plane buzzing your house. They fly so low I was in the yard one day when one went over after leaving the field and I could feel his prop wash. Then instead of letting the plants die back naturally they apply herbicides to kill them so they can harvest on schedule. Wonder why I rarely eat potatoes? I don't have an answer for the problem. But I spent over $400. on organic seeds this year. and I save my tomato seed every year.

I completely agree with you.

I completely agree with you. Back in the 60's and 70's there weren't nearly as many ailments as there are now. The children are slowly being poisoned by their food and environment. I also had a problem last year with my summer squash getting pollinated, ended up with only a couple. The only things that did pretty good were peppers and cucumbers. I'm doing everything in my power to keep the garden as natural and organic as possible. (I do live in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC and am lucky to have a nice sized back yard.) I have only purchased organic and heirloom seeds. Started 2nd generation tomatoes from seeds fruit from last year and the seedlings are doing really well so far. Good luck this year. (Monsanto is the evil giant that has the government firmly grasped in its grip.)

Disgusting Monsanto and their

Disgusting Monsanto and their crops!

Really? Juz eliminate the

Really? Juz eliminate the fact tht God didN't do it rite & He needz man 2 cum up wit sumthin betta!

YES TREX!Agency:

YES TREX!Agency: APHISDocument ID: APHIS-2010-0103-0001Your Comment Tracking Number: 80fc8768

We have to stop eating

We have to stop eating anything that Monsato grows and only buy ORGANIC and put them out of business now! Before we all get sick and die! This must stop!!

Obama was never a 'once

Obama was never a 'once caring person.' He's just another person who made you and many others believe the hype to get what he wanted. He's just another politician-red, blue, they're all the same.

Yea, I really wish more

Yea, I really wish more people would recognize this. He's a con man. He says what you want to hear and then does something different. People need to stop being so gullible.

Monsanto made Agent Orange.

Monsanto made Agent Orange.

Guessing...while we were

Guessing...while we were sleeping, Monsanto was not. Hoping it's not too late to turn the tide. Wish I could walk on water and turn the tide.

Perhaps putting this on the

Perhaps putting this on the GOP canidates plate for consumption could give them something new to chew on beside each other........GMO crops,,,,a sad sad sad situation.

When you have a president

When you have a president that appoints the head lawyer for Monsanto to head the USDA this is what you get. Obama is not about the people, he is a stooge with a lot of power placing our lives in jeopardy.

He is a stooge. Right you

He is a stooge. Right you are.

RobertL I agree 100% with

RobertL I agree 100% with your evaluation of the situation with GMO foods. Mandatory labeling would help the people to make informed decisions.

Agreed!

Agreed!

Just wondering how many of

Just wondering how many of the comments here were written by REAL SCIENTISTS!!

Just wondering why this

Just wondering why this matters at all? Plenty of real scientists have pointed out the dangers of GM foods since the 1990's. Of course, they are not making money for agribusiness corporations, so they are not listened to.

Why do we have to be scientists to want to know what we are putting in our bodies? Why do GMO's have to be labeled in Europe, but not in the "free" USA? If they are fine to eat, then no company should hesitate to point out that their products contain them, right?

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama -

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - wake up folks - its all one and the same.

Agreed!

Agreed!

Me too.

Me too.

My name is Paul, I recently

My name is Paul, I recently posted with USDA my complete opposition to their very soon upcoming further deregulation of Monsanto and speeding up the review process for GM seed production and dangerous increase of herbicide and pesticide usage. Everybody please if you have not already seen this please watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nndEZBQ9bds#t=0s

and then go to:

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http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2010-0103-0001

Here is proof that I signed mine:

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It was Obama who appointed

It was Obama who appointed Michael Taylor (VP of Monsanto) as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner to the FDA. Yes thats right, you can Google it. What a joke

Nothing new here. DC is

Nothing new here. DC is nothing but a revolving door for the corporatists.

all right, gang: we all know

all right, gang: we all know what monsanto is up to, and how horrific and irreversible the damage to all of us and our environment is going to be....so now - HOW ARE WE GOING TO STOP THIS?! We have to organize and stop this . COME ON.

The Organic Consumers

The Organic Consumers Association is on the front lines of the fight against Monsanto and GMO's. You can join, subscribe to their emailed newsletter and even volunteer to work on a local level. That's what I've done and I write to my representatives in Congress twice a month asking for GMO's to be labeled.

I think we have to get legal

I think we have to get legal on them. I don't see any other way. The corruption is rife. If we sue them for the damage and continue in the courts we may have some precedent for changing the approval process. But the scary thing is how long that will take and what they will unleash upon us in the meantime. Until we get there, grow your own, buy local organic, etc. etc....it is a very sad state of affairs.

All we can do is occupy the

All we can do is occupy the food chain,boycott factory agriculture,and support local organic producers.It is a shame Obama has reversed on so many issues.He eats organic in the White House,yet speeds poisonous gm foods.The hypocrisy is but one more view of how a once caring person (Obama) can betray the people who he worked most of his life to support.It is an indictment of the corporate capturing of our government.

it is a shame that people

it is a shame that people with good intentions are swallowed up by the corporatist power. Until we wrest the power away from these crooks it will continue to be this way. We have maybe a handful in the white house who aren;t controlled by these goons. Every facet of our society is poisoned by the corporate invisible hand........in this case the hunter gets captured by the game

Obama was a cruel masquerade

Obama was a cruel masquerade perpetrated on the American people. He was never caring. He only played a caring progressive candidate. He's doing it again, in case you didn't notice.

Monsanto.... perhaps the most

Monsanto.... perhaps the most truly evil Corporation on the planet, and that is saying a lot. Any look into their machinations, legal, political, scientific or business strategy all point to this same conclusion. Corporations are granted licenses to exist and operate by the State. It is high time Monsanto's was pulled. Knowingly working for, investing in, or owning any part of this monstrous company is an affront to and a crime against humanity. Any losses incurred by its dismantling should be considered just punishment and none to stiff either as real and deadly crimes have and are being committed by this malignant company daily around the globe. Monsanto has a long and persistent history of criminal behavior. It has routinely paid off relatively insignificant fines -if detected and brought to justice at all- and moved onto its next criminal plan. Its size and corrupt political ties have allowed its survival and abetted its financial fluorishment and perverted world wide strategies. We the people need demand of our representatives that its plug be pulled and hope to God it is not too late.

RobertL: That is an

RobertL: That is an absolutely brilliant comment. Thank you! Wish you'd repost that somewhere I could link it. Concisely addresses why GMOs are dangerous and what we need to do about it.

This is part of a letter to

This is part of a letter to the editor I wrote. My local paper is the only one who ran it. I sent it to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but they wouldn't print it. Monsanto is based in St. Louis.

NOOOO! This kind of stuff is

NOOOO! This kind of stuff is the cause of my destroyed immune system! It needs to stop! Eat organic, plant your own heirloom seeds, etc.!! Don't buy this stuff!! Don't eat 'processed' junk either!!

The newest wave of GMO seeds

The newest wave of GMO seeds combined with the anti-super weed Agent Orange additive herbicide (thank you, DOW) affirms that the USDA cares not a jot about our safety or a future for humans and other creatures on this planet. In the meantime, the USDA attacks benign things like raw milk production which to my way of thinking is just about having monopolies in milk production. So everything is about the might dollar for this agency. It passeth understanding. What's awful is that the solution to all of this bad agricultural shenanigans is getting our farming practices back to rotational farming where animals and plants work in harmony and microbes are allowed to perform their beautiful cleansing effects. Of course you can't control the seeds that way and make all that lovely money. We need to rise up and be very unpleasant about all of this!

Stop Monsanto!! They are

Stop Monsanto!! They are poisoning people with GE food and seeds. Write your state representatives! Buy organic..and grow your own food whenever possible..but beware Monsanto has not sold the seeds to the seed company!

Good ol' MONSTROSO! ;-)

Good ol' MONSTROSO!

;-)

Interruption of the natural

Interruption of the natural food chain at any level will have devastating consequences. These frightened 'Yes-men' are enabling every evil they were sworn to protect people against.

OPPOSE MONSANTO AT THE

OPPOSE MONSANTO AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. TAKE ACTION TO STOP ALL GMOs. STOP MONSANTO.

Oppose Monsanto crops at the

Oppose Monsanto crops at the highest levels. Ensure its stopped.

. . . The argument goes

. . . The argument goes something like this: Ask your politicians what they wear - domestic or imported. Imports have gone too far - there is nothing they can do ( or so they say) ??? Custom made at the taxpayers expense ?? Their salaries are our tax dollars, aren't they ???
. . When is the last time you went out to dinner at one of the most expensive restaurants ??? Good meal??? paid for by tax payers
...THE KICK is they will tell you they represent you . . . now don't you want to live high on the hog FIRST HAND ??? Do they truely represent you ??? WAR -.- SECRET AFTER SECRET - WMD's - Illegal Renditions?? AND THINK OF THEIR HEALTHCARE AND THEIR PENSIONS - - - GOLDEN PARACHUTES??? they pocket any money left over in their re-election campaign accounts - - good ole Bushie I undestand walked away with over 100 million.....
WHO DO THEY ACTUALLY REPRESENT ???? WHY HASN'T THE FORECLOSURE DISASTER BEEN.... F I X E D ?????? THEY REPRESENT WHO ????
. . I do not want GMO crops - wath and see who they represent. . .

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