A stormy day at the Capitol. Photo by Natalie Maguire via Flickr.

Bad Science, Bad Law

The Farm Bill (S.3240) is very contentiously trying to make its way through a divided Congress. Right now is amendment time. Senators Sanders and Boxer introduced an atrocious amendment about genetically engineered food that, thankfully, did not pass. It was justified by bad science, the text as written was over-broad, and it would make a bad law. This text should never become law, but bills like this have a tendency to show up repeatedly. While I’ve copied the full text at the end of this post, you can read the original on pages S3907-8 by following the link to text as submitted from here. What is wrong with this text? Too much. . . . .