A news piece out of the US Supreme Court caught my eye a couple days ago. According to the article, "It was the first Supreme Court decision involving genetically modified crops"... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37826335/ns/us_news-environment/
"Roundup Ready" is the registered trademark of Monsanto Corporation, and is used to describe their brand of seeds that have been genetically modified to withstand the herbicide Roundup. I've used some Roundup around my place as I suppose most homeowners have at one time or another. The stuff kills everything... everything except the genetically modified stuff Monsanto, (and a few other licensed seed companies) have developed it seems. The local farmers I've spoken to about these GM'd crops is nothing short of praise. The last words I heard about GM'd crops was, "they've made some pretty lousy farmers pretty good".
The case was about a previous lower court decision to rescind USDA approval of Monsanto alfalfa seed until a full environmental study could be completed. Now to me, this is interesting because it sure flies in the face of other government policy. Monsanto can now sell their seed without the environmental study being completed. Kinda makes me wonder what could go wrong?
Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago that that the EPA was blocking the buidling of sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to block oil from coming ashore from the Deepwater Horizon drilling fiasco? If my memory still functions at some level, I'm sure that "environmental concerns" were used to block the berms initially, but the Supreme Court approved a product with its own environmental concerns.
What brings this to mind as another article I read today about what the oil industry thinks about the off shore drilling moritorium that stated oil related companies "...argued that the moratorium was arbitrarily imposed"... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100623/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill
Is it arbitrary to be concerned when the companies that are doing the drilling and admit that they don't have a plan for a catastrophic well failure say it's an arbitrary decision? Who do you trust? Is it right for a guy to make a ton of cash from his efforts if everything goes right, and push the nightmare onto the public when it doesn't?
I'm sure that the oil spill costs will never be fully borne by BP or any other company remotely associated with the nightmare that is only now starting to unfold along the Gulf. You and me and the residents of the area are all going to bear some of the cost... that's fair right? Since the companies involved make safety statements, and the courts rule, we should trust these guys with our lives and livelyhood. After all, what could go wrong?