One of the greatest perversions of our nation’s government has come in the form of rampant special interest influence over our elected and appointed officials.
And one of the most egregious of these lobbying outfits comes from the folks over at agriculture engineering firm Monsanto, best known for their ridiculously greedy corporate policies and the weedkiller called Roundup.
Monsanto’s work in creating genetically modified organisms has led them down a path of combining fruits and vegetables with pesticides in order to mitigate the crops’ health risks. Of course, with this unnatural pairing comes a great deal of concern regarding the health of those who wish to ingest these GMO’s – something that the USDA was planning to look into this year.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and key ingredient in Monsanto’s branded Roundup herbicides.
“The agency spent the last year coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in preparation to start testing samples of corn syrup for glyphosate residues on April 1, according to internal agency documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Documents show that at least since January 2016 into January of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was moving forward. But when asked about the plan this week, a USDA spokesman said no glyphosate residue testing would be done at all by USDA this year.
“The USDA’s plan called for the collection and testing of 315 samples of corn syrup from around the U.S. from April through August, according to the documents. Researchers were also supposed to test for the AMPA metabolite, the documents state. AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) is created as glyphosate breaks down. Measuring residues that include those from AMPA is important because AMPA is not a benign byproduct but carries its own set of safety concerns, scientists believe.
“On Jan. 11, USDA’s Diana Haynes, wrote to colleagues within USDA:
“‘Based on recent conversations with EPA, we will begin testing corn syrup for glyphosate and its AMPA metabolite April 1, 2017 with collection ending August 31, 2017. This program change will need to be announced at the February PDP Conference Call.'”Haynes is director of a USDA Agricultural Marketing Service division that annually conducts the Pesticide Data Program (PDP), which tests thousands of foods for hundreds of different pesticide residues.”
This shying away from an important health-related study, presumably at the behest of corporate monster Monsanto is an unbelievable betrayal of the American people. The health risks associated with GMO’s have been at the forefront of several prominent studies, including those aimed at discovering the true culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder – an issue that has greatly endangered several species of pollinating bees.
Once again, our government is putting their paychecks before their people.