Despite a mountain of evidence that genetically engineered (GE) crops have failed to deliver, a new multi-billion dollar aid bill before the Senate directs more money towards more GE research. This portion of the bill is a stealth giveaway to agribusiness in the name of feeding the world’s poor. It will further de-stabilize the developing world’s capacity to feed itself for generations to come.
Act Now! Urge your Senator to strip the biotech provision – it revises the 1961 Federal Assistance Act to mandate that US food aid include research on genetically engineered crops.
The Global Food Security Act (SB 384) represents the biggest project in U.S. agricultural aid since the original “Green Revolution” introduced pesticides to poor farmers throughout the world in the 1950s and 1960s. The bill sailed through committee last month based on hastily conducted, industry-friendly research.
With heavy agribusiness support, and a sweet-sounding name, the Global Food Security Act will likely be passed. The act has many merits, but its biotech research and development provision must be stripped if we are to avoid another failed “Green Revolution.”
Now is the time to tell Congress to strip the GE provision.