March 2, 2011
Small Farmers Lose Protection Against GMOs from House Bill's Defeat
The bill, HB 46, failed on the first vote 42-27. The second vote was a 34-34 vote, which meant the bill failed, as bills need a majority to pass the House.
The bill aimed to protect “farmers from liability to manufacturers of genetically engineered products in the event those products inadvertently grow on a farmer’s land,” according to the bill’s Fiscal Impact Report. This comes after the biotech company Monsanto has sued a number of farmers when the genetically-modified crops that Monsanto patented appeared on smaller farmers’ land.
The farmers say the crops grew because of pollen blown from nearby land.
CBS looked at Monsanto suing small farmers for having genetically modified crops on their land back in 2008.
Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, sponsored the bill.
Bandy told KUNM that he brought the bill because he once managed a co-op.
“And I could see how this law, that were that genetic material to come in contact with the seed that our farmers were saving that they would be liable to the manufacturer,” Bandy said.
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