Some European countries are among the most strongly opposed to genetic-engineering in the world. But those that are part of the European Union have not been able to outlaw all planting of GE crops as they wished because these moves have been challenged.
According to a recent report, since 1996 there have been over 5 billion acres of biotech crops harvested.
Considering the sound and fury surrounding anti-GMO activists pronouncements on genetically engineered crops, one might think these improved varieties are on the way out that farmers would be shunning them. But recent research from the USDA s Economic Research Service (ERS) demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth.
Last December, Hawaii County passed a bill that banned biotech companies from the Big Island and prohibited all new genetically modified crops.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) recently introduced a bill that would preempt any efforts by state legislatures to require manufacturers to label the presence of genetically-engineered ingredients in their products. His bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA), would give this responsibility to the FDA instead.
Few regions of California have escaped the malign influence of the months-old droughts. Lake of the Woods, a small mountain town,