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Hearing Ignores Biotech Risks

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

According to a recent analysis by EWG, school children represented by some of the members of the House Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, could soon be at risk of being exposed to toxic weed killer.

The subcommittee held a hearing this morning to consider the societal benefits of biotechnology, ignoring any risks that could also accompany it.

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Tess Harper write:

“Its members should also consider the health risks of blanketing fields with toxic defoliants used on genetically engineered crops – especially when those fields are right next to elementary schools – as they are in the congressional districts of subcommittee members Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.).”

Read the whole story on AgMag.

Table Scraps:

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Colleen Sullivan write on the health risks of 2,4-D.

Huffington Post reports on the facts and the GMO debate.

Tweet of the Day:

@Organic_Voices FACT: Farm workers are not exposed to toxic persistent chemicals in #organic agriculture production #onlyorganic

Herd on the Hill:

Briefing tomorrow featuring Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s, to discuss labeling genetically engineered food. See full invite here.

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