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Plan Benefiting Monsanto Tucked in Spending Bill Draws Critics

A plan to let farmers grow genetically modified crops developed by Monsanto Co. during legal appeals has drawn criticism from food-safety advocates and backers of open government over how the proposal became law.

The measure, tucked into a bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, was backed by Republican Senator Roy Blunt from Monsanto’s home state of Missouri. The provision allows farmers to plant products developed by the world’s biggest seed seller while their approval is being challenged in federal court.