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Seed Concerns

Updated: Friday, March 29 2013, 06:15 AM EDT

Consumers and producers of organic food say a new law threatens the safety of the nation’s food supply. The president signed the law Tuesday as part of the Government Spending Bill. It allows farmers to continue producing genetically altered plants during challenges to their safety.


A local seed company says it allows farmers to put altered plants on the market with fewer controls. Customers of the Sow True Seed Company say they’re increasingly worried about genetic tampering and possible health risks. They prefer the heritage organic plants and seeds the company sells. The owner says she opposes selling any food that hasn’t been tested for health threats. 


Some farmers say the genetically modified corn is easier to grow and has a higher yield than traditional varieties. Those opposed to the genetic changes say product labeling for any modified food would allow the consumer to decide.   


By Sherrill Barber
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Seed Concerns


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