Thirteen senators have written a letter to Senate Ag Committee leaders about concerns regarding the Sound Science Act provision in the House Farm Bill. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey says this provision would stifle high-quality science and decision-making across the federal government – and undermine protections for public health, safety and the environment – according to Agri-Pulse. A section of this provision would even require federal agencies to have guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of scientific information the agencies rely on. These 13 Senators believe the provision would block federal scientists from using new techniques and technology, prevent the use of standard scientific tools and open the door for lawsuits from special interest groups.
Source: NAFB News Service