DECATUR Ala (WZDX) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service hosted a public scoping meeting Monday at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. The topic, whether or not genetically modified crops should be grown at wildlife refuges
Before this year GM crops were used as a food source for waterfowl and migratory birds at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge and other refuges across the Southeast.
Due to a lawsuit filed by multiple environmental agencies the modified crops could no longer be planted at the end of the 2012 planting season. They cannot be replanted without the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service completing a protocol research process that includes a series of public meetings to determine if the crops, with DNA modified properties to resist pets and improve growth, have negative environmental impacts.
Meeting attendee Barbara Crow said she wants to know more about the chemicals being used in the GM crops.
"You don't have to have all those pesticides and herbicides, the way we farm today is just making a deluge into our environment of poisons and chemicals going into the rivers and oceans and into our bodies," Crow said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking for additional public feedback on their project website.