I am extremely concerned about the possibility that the USDA, bowing to corporate pressure, is going to grant permission for Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa to be grown in the U.S.
The decision has been rushed and the approval could happen without sufficient research on the risk this alfalfa poses to organic and other non-genetically-modified crops.
The USDA has acknowledged the risk of contamination from GMO strains of the crop, but has presented an entirely unworkable plan that does little to control actual spread of modified genes. Under the USDA’s current proposal, engineered genes from Monsanto’s alfalfa would very likely still make their way into non-GMO crops. Since GMO pollen is carried by the wind, there’s nothing farmers can do about it.1
Many consumers trust and depend on the organic label to make decisions about what they eat. GMO alfalfa would undermine the integrity of the label and be a disaster for the organic dairy industry. Until thorough research has been completed to evaluate the potential impacts, the only acceptable solution is to keep Monsanto’s seeds off the market entirely.
Also at hand is the environmental impact of Monsanto’s other Roundup Ready crops, which have promoted the spread of herbicide-resistant superweeds on millions of acres. To fight these weeds, farmers end up using even more toxic chemicals that pollute our soil and water.2
Not only that, but Monsanto has been known to plant a certain area, pollute the surrounding farms with their genetically modified seeds, which spread in the wind, and then SUE the nearby farmers for growing products with the patented Monsanto GMOs. No kidding, this really has happened!!
The Obama Administration needs to stand up to Monsanto and Big Agriculture and protect organic products and producers.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. NUMBERS MATTER. If there is a big enough public outcry about this, we can affect change. If we do nothing, we will likely lose out, and our crops will be purloined forever, that’s right, FOREVER.
Apathy will not make our world any better. Hiding your head in the sand will not stop our world from deteriorating, and being overrun by greedy men who do not realize the damage they are doing to future generations. I believe we need to ACT and PARTICIPATE, and if we do so, we CAN make a Difference!
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