As a US taxpayer, you are helping to subsidize the use of genetically modified seeds. Monsanto, who some believe is the devil incarnate in a corporation, and the Department of Agriculture have an arrangement that gives farmers a break on their federal crop insurance premiums if they use Monsanto seeds.
The deal was made possible when Congress agreed to give farmers a break on federal crop insurance if they planted crops that resist pests and produce higher yields, making them less vulnerable to crop failures, and U.S. taxpayers less vulnerable to large insurance payouts. That, the seeds do.
But environmentalists and green food advocates have long argued that genetically modified seeds may be dangerous in ways both subtle and obvious. Subtle, in that plants can hybridize, introducing human-injected genes (“genetic drift”) into natural ecosystems with unknown consequences. Obvious, in that farmers using herbicide-resistant crops can spray more pesticides, increasing the use of the toxic substances (though the use of crops that grow their own pesticides would reduce the need to spray).
Of course, none of the GM food gets checked by the FDA because the FDA allows it to fall under the “it’s generally safe” category. So, you get to subsidize GM food that you probably don’t want but have no knowledge as to whether the food you buy is GM or not. The local farmer is nearly forced into using Monsanto seed because his neighbors all use it, yielding higher results.
The farmer gets the “benefit” of lower insurance premiums and the joys of having to purchase new seed each year from Monsanto as all the seeds are designed to not reproduce. Monsanto profits and gives a little back to the gleeful politicians in Washington that helped them get to the monopoly that they are today. Don’t you just love America?