A report by the nonprofit environmental group Oxfam warns that the United States has a long way to go before its government is ready to commit to a full-scale transition to an organic and biodynamic farming system.
“The USDA has the legal and regulatory power to implement the program but there is no real political will to do so,” Oxfam said in the report.
“Farmers are rightly frustrated with the failure to enact a complete transition to a sustainable and ethical farming system.”
The report, titled “The Biggest Risk of a Bioterrorist Virus,” details a long history of federal inaction on GMOs, including the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to institute the mandatory biotechnology safety testing for food and pesticides.
The USDA also has failed to enforce its regulations, which include a ban on GMOs for use in livestock feed, the failure in 2010 to pass a GMO labeling law, and the failure by the Obama administration to require biotechnology companies to disclose the safety of their products.
“Farmers know the federal government has been slow to make progress on GMOs,” Oxfos co-founder Jim Walshe said in a statement.
“We want to help make sure our government is moving forward with these important issues.”