USDA: Convicted, again

Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2006 at 11:01 am by Chelsea Green Publishing

This is hardly a surprise, but the USDA has again been convicted of endangering the public instead of protecting us. This time is the the bio-pharma industry that got a free pass. The Washington Post reports:

Environmental groups yesterday called for a moratorium on open-air tests of crops genetically engineered to produce medicines and vaccines, citing a federal court’s conclusion last week that the Agriculture Department repeatedly broke the law by allowing companies to plant such crops on hundred of acres in Hawaii.

In a toughly worded 52-page decision released without fanfare late last week, a U.S. District judge in Hawaii concluded that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which grants permits for the planting of genetically engineered crops, should have first investigated whether the plants posed a threat to any of that state’s hundreds of endangered species.

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