In 2005, the USDA overrode a federal judge’s orders and moved to allow farmers to plant Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets before an environmental impact study was even completed.
Then in 2011, the USDA announced that the GMO industry could conduct its own environmental impact studies, or pay other researchers to.
A big step in the right direction is to pass a law that the agribusiness industry be required to produce a public registry of all clinical trials- just like the pharmaceutical industry already has to.
A LAW ALSO MUST BE PASSED ALLOWING INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
For decades scientists had to ask GMO seed corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops. There is still not a law in the United States that allows independent research of GMO’s
Since GMO’s were reintroduced in the 1990’s and in the 2000’s, scientists had to ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops.
There was public anger over this so the three corporations (The three companies, Monsanto, Pioneer, and Syngenta) out of concern for the bad PR, entered into agreements with the USDA and many universities to grant them access to their seeds for research without publication restrictions “beyond reasonable notice”. Here is the full statement from the American Seed Trade Association.
But “the catch is that the companies require the universities to sign a further legal agreement, showing that they understand they can’t let researchers pirate the seeds or plant them after the experiment is over.”
Only Monsanto has a blanket agreement with all independent researchers (which did not stop the from lying about and attempting to discredit Gilles-Éric Séralini’s research in 2012 as well as other scientists)
The other two companies only have individual agreements with specific universities. The agreements and restrictions are also less than transparent. This is not good enough. Governments must mandate that independent research be allowed. (source)