Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Robert W. Young, the Assistant Inspector General for Audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and author of Audit Report 50601-8-Te that was released last December, “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Controls Over Issuance of Genetically Engineered Organism Release Permits” is a voice that should be heard by every US citizen concerned about our food supply.

Like the prophet Nathan before sinful King David, Mr. Young wags his honest pen in the face of the slothful, incompetent imbeciles who have failed miserably in their responsibility of checking the ambitions of mad scientists, greedy corporations, and corrupt politicians with the chains of the law.

In part, the report states that:

The government does not know WHERE the genetically engineered (GE) crops are planted, WHAT is being planted, and WHERE they end up.

Our government allows the planting of genetically engineered crops, whose safety is unknown, without a WRITTEN plan for keeping those crops from contaminating anything planted around them, or the entire environment. And inspections are done with a phone call.

Mr. Young blasts APHIS for many other violations, including failing to file progress reports late or not at all, not sufficiently documenting the scientific basis for approving applications, not tracking information during the field tests, including the results of the tests.

Link to the full Audit Report


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