The whole natural community of the United States simply won a huge victory that many might not yet even aware of. Even though the DARK Act was passed by Obama and some Senate hooligans to prohibit labeling of GMOs nationwide, the United States Court of Appeals simply passed a law that allows states and counties to entirely ban genetically engineered crops from ever being planted in the first place. Consider that for a minute. You see, back in the year 2000, Monsanto weakened all US natural and traditional farming by declaring that controlling genomic product of plants did not introduce dangerous germs or even plant “insects” into the formula, but their noxious “Frankenfoods” prove otherwise. So biotechnology giants figured a way to not have their cancer-causing, Alzheimer’s- triggering, pesticide-laden plants classified as a danger to the environment or humans. But now, none of that truly matters anymore.
Thanks to the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals and their current interpretation of the Plant Protection Act, all U.S. states, counties, and local neighborhoods can actually prohibit (or manage) the planting of any and all commercially-grown genetically engineered crops, no matter exactly what the feds or Monsanto declares about GMO.
Neither the Plant Protection Act nor the DARK Act can stop states and counties from banning the planting of GMO crops
Farmers with seed sanctuaries around the nation are celebrating this substantial success since they understand precisely what it suggests. No farmer in America who has any lick of sound judgment wants genetically engineered seeds that contain pesticides in their hereditary makeup. It’s bad enough that 90% of US corn, soy, sugar beets, alfalfa, and canola are GMO, we don’t need biotech corporations managing all seeds and crops. This brand-new court choice sets a precedent and puts in place an effective fulcrum for stopping Monsanto and Bayer in their tracks, literally. If they can’t plant and grow their Frankenfoods on our soil, they can’t mess up the surrounding environment that has plenty of natural, healthy life either.
The court acknowledged the possible damage to the environment and farmers from the widespread planting of Franken-crops pointing out well-documented issues, including unfavorable financial impacts triggered by transgenic farming on non-GE crops.
The decrease of biodiversity cited by the United States courts as reason to limit GE crop planting
The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals also recognized that “the cultivation of GE crops also might raise environmental issues, such as harm to advantageous plants and animals brought on by the increased use of pesticides sometimes related to screening and growing GE crops, the expansion of ‘superweeds’ and other bugs resistant to pesticides, and the reduction of biodiversity.”
The court continued to secure natural farming rights for states and regional communities throughout the United States, saying: “The regulation of commercialized crops, both of GE and standard ranges, remains within the authority of state and local governments.”
Though the legislature left “field trials” of GE crops up to the wicked USDA, as long as regional and state authorities stand up for their freshly stated rights to prohibit the planting of GM crops on their land, the organic world and preservation groups in basic have actually won the “war” for tidy food. Similar to the victory celebrated just recently by Sonoma County, California, when voters approved a step to prohibit GE crops from being planted in their county (The Sonoma County Transgenic Contamination Regulation), regional and natural growers and manufacturers nationwide have reason now to commemorate having power and control to safeguard Mother Nature and human health in general.
Organic farmers and consumers nationwide may have lost the GMO-labeling fight, however we simply won the war – the one that bans the planting of Franken-crops! Now, at the local, county and state level, farmers and customers can support natural crops right down to the roots, and that’s a lot more crucial than labels. It’s time to make sure whatever you buy is local or identified “certified organic.” Let’s all collaborate to put the complements on this clean food movement.