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Government might deregulate corn, soybean seeds

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 3, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

MILWAUKEE — The federal government Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but worrisome to scientists and environmentalists who fear it could invite growers to use more chemicals on crops.

The herbicide known as 2,4-D has had limited use in corn and soybean farming because it becomes toxic to the plants early in their growth. The new seeds would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives.

Farmers have been eager for a new generation of herbicide-resistant seeds because of the prevalence of weeds that have become immune to Monsanto's Roundup. But skeptics are concerned use of the new seeds and 2,4-D will only lead to similar problems with weeds resistant to that chemical.

Scientists and environmentalists also say 2,4-D can easily drift beyond the area where it is sprayed, threatening neighboring crops and wild plants.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 3, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

Don't worry about the herbicide 2,4-D. The Genetically Modified Organism (Altered) seeds have proven to have reduced the fertility rate of rats in their third generation. What about humans? Good question.

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Lakeview says... January 3, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

It was recently reported that the research showing that GM was faulty was actually faulty itself and rejected by Peer Groups.
I think that Nature will always be at odds with Man but we must maintain a balance

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 3, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

Then we don't know the true ... facts, do we? Should we know them first?

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HOTDEMN says... January 3, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

Wow, I can't wait to feed that corn and soybeans to my family. Yum Yum. I sure am glad that ol' meddlin' Gubment done got out the way of them big food companies. They only want what's best for us consumers. By the way, y'all know how to mark a ballot, right ?

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