Laws target genetically altered crops

The Los Angeles Times reports that the growing battle over genetically-engineered plants is slowly taking root in California, most recently with a proposed bill allowing farmers to sue bio-crop manufacturers for cross-contamination of organic and traditionally grown plants, which could hurt their marketability.

With few regulatory laws on the books in the United States, California’s attempts to enter the fray over bio-crops could hold major implications for the state’s agricultural industry — the nation’s largest with $27 billion in annual revenue.

Nearly 30 years since the introduction of genetically altered plants, growers are increasingly facing a backlash from local and regional governments worried about the plants’ unknown environmental and health risks.

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