04/05/2013 06:41 am ET

Sen. Roy Blunt: Monsanto's Man In Washington

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, a recent Senate bill came with a nice bonus for the genetically modified seed industry: a rider, wholly unrelated to the underlying bill, that compels the USDA to ignore federal court decisions that block the agency's approvals of new GM crops. I explained in this post why such a provision, which the industry has been pushing for over a year, is so important to Monsanto and its few peers in the GMO seed industry. Which senator pushed the rider into the bill? At the time, no one stepped forward to claim credit.

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