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One Step Closer to Widespread Use of New Toxic Weed Killer
Widespread use of a new toxic weed killer could be in store after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans.
In response, EWG said:
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to approve new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds 'brings us one step closer to widespread use of a new toxic weed killer that would threaten children’s health and the environment,' EWG said in a statement.
'We are truly disappointed in the USDA for putting the interests of chemical companies before the health of our children and the environment,' said Mary Ellen Kustin, a senior policy analyst with EWG. 'Instead of putting the brakes on the chemical treadmill, the government is on the fast track to approve more toxic weed killers.’ "
Read the full statement here.
The 2014 farm bill could cost billions more than expected, according to a new analysis published at Farmdoc Daily.
EWG releases its Good Seafood Guide today, offering guidance about which fish to eat and which fish to approach with caution.
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