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Monsanto Agrees to $2.5 million Fine for Sale of GMO Cotton Seeds

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on July 8, 2010 - 5:07pm

A press release from the EPA today states that Monsanto has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine for the sale of its genetically modified BT cotton seeds. This is the largest penalty ever under U.S. insecticide act, according to Reuters.


According to the article:


"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said St. Louis-based Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) when it sold and distributed cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides in a manner that violated restrictions Monsanto had told the EPA it would adhere to.


"This agreement shows that when a company violates the law by distributing misbranded pesticides, EPA will take action," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in a statement.


The EPA said it found that between 2002 and 2007, Monsanto distributed or sold Bollgard and Bollgard II cotton seed products contain genetically engineered pesticides more than 1,700 times nationwide without the planting restrictions that EPA required to protect against pest resistance."


The EPA limits the planting and selling of this genetically modified (GMO) cotton seed to protect the environment from the 'potential harm associated with the uncontrolled spread of the genetically engineered component of these pesticides, Bacillus thuringiensis [BT].'


The EPA cites 1,782 violations which occurred in 22 states.



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