August 31, 2017-
As multiple Techdirt stories attest, farmers do love their “ag-gag” laws, which effectively make it illegal for activists to expose animal abuse in agricultural establishments — although, strangely, farmers don’t phrase it quite like that. Big Ag — the giant seed and agricultural chemical companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, and DuPont — seem to have decided they want something similar for seeds. As an article in Mother Jones, originally published by Food and Environment Reporting Network, reports, it looks like they are getting it:
With little notice, more than two dozen state legislatures have passed “seed-preemption laws” designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs. Opponents say that there’s nothing more fundamental than a seed, and that now, in many parts of the country, decisions about what can be grown have been taken out of local control and put solely in the hands of the state.