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3 Major Organic Brands Surrender To Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa

3 Major Organic Brands Surrender To Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa

Just days ago, the USDA announced that it had once again approved Monsanto’s GE alfalfa for commercial sale and planting, despite a prior government ban and public outcry.

Now, it seems that rather than fight for the purity of the organic ingredients they claim to cherish, Whole Foods, Stonyfield Farms, and Organic Valley have all bought into the USDA’s false claim that GE and non-GE alfalfa can coexist without contamination.

Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack (Counter Punch).

Alfalfa is a key component in feed for organically-raised animals. The USDA has failed to show how it will prevent GE alfalfa from contaminating organic and non-GE alfalfa crops. Without this guarantee, the integrity of thousands of organic products will be jeopardized.

According to Don Huber PhD., emeritus professor at Purdue University, the commercialization of genetically engineered alfalfa could result in the contamination of organic and conventional alfalfa within five years.  Such contamination threatens organic markets and diminishes non-contaminated, non-GE seed options for organic producers.

On its blog, “The Whole Story,” Whole Foods informs its readers that the government has two options:

1) fully deregulate GE alfalfa OR

2) conditionally deregulate it by placing certain rules and restrictions on growing GE alfalfa that would minimize or limit contamination of non-GE crops

The blog then states, “This second ‘coexistence’ option is what we are rallying for even though we continue to have reservations about GE crops.”

Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farms made a similar concession on his company blog, stating: “our best chance at preserving the future of organic agriculture is to fight for every protection available under the “coexistence” approach.”

George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, followed suit on his company’s press page, saying, “We will keep engaging and challenging the USDA in a true and meaningful conversation about coexistence and protection of non-GMO farming.”

What?! That’s it? The nation’s biggest purveyors of supposedly all-organic food are conceding the fight against GE alfalfa just like that?

Instead of using their buying power to protect organic growers, these CEOs seem to have forgotten the third and ONLY option for protecting organic companies and consumers–UPHOLDING THE BAN ON MONSANTO’S GE ALFALFA IN ANY SCENARIO!

In just five short years the organic labels that these companies claim to value so highly could be rendered essentially meaningless.

It’s not too late for the USDA to deny the approval of GE alfalfa, even if it is the underdog choice. Express your support for this option by signing the petition to the USDA, Congress and President Obama.

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8:46AM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Continue to fight and let Wholefoods, Stonyfield, and others know from the contact sections of their websites that they will lose business if they don't push back.

3:46PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Thank you for posting.

8:54AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Furious that the government gave in to Monsanto, the devil in the chemical business. SOME of us want organic foods. Those "organic" companies without balls, gave in too fast. We're still working on it, those of us with souls.

12:12PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Julie R:
Well, that's what I get for believing something I read at Care 2 without researching it on my own......

Apparently this whole Morgellons disease thing is old news and has nothing to do with Monsanto....duh!
It appears that the Kaiser study (ordered by the CDC) of the disease was inconclusive and some idiot doctor says it doesn't exist.
That's what they used to say about chemical sensitivities 25 years ago, and we know better now that millions of people suffer with it...including me.

Sorry for the mistake!

I guess we won't know what Monsanto has done to us until they've done it to too many of us, and by then it might be too late because all the crops will be contaminated.

There's a lesson here....verify the facts before you share and react to them.

6:39AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Julie....doesn't that mean that the CDC can ask the president to declare a moratorium on the decision..... pending the results of the study of Morgellon's cause?

10:27PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given care giant Kaiser Permanente over $300,000 to test and interview 150 to 500 patients suffering from Morgellons Disease. The study will be done in northern California where many Morgellons patients live.

Prior to this news, people had written off the disease as a hoax or the result of hypochondria. But recent evidence suggests that the disease is indeed real, and may be related to genetically modified (GM) food

several doctors, who have dared think out of the box, have discovered a pathogen known as agrobacterium tumefaciens. Interesting enough, AT is used in the production of some GMOs.

Farmers know about AT as well. They are plagued with it. It presents itself as a tumor-like growth on a plant and affects corn, beets, nuts and fruits. What happens is that AT inserts itself into the DNA of the host plant. The GMO scientists have found a way to transfer the AT from the host plant to other genetic materials.

Of the individuals exhibiting Morgellons that have been studied, AT has been found present within all of them. Healthy individuals have not presented AT infestation.


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031069_GMOs_Morgellons.html#ixzz1E6IXkYEM


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/023004_Morgellons_disease_fiber.html#ixzz1E6HV6Usj

10:23PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Genetic modification of food crops is not only unsustainable but it threatens to unhinge the entire agricultural system. Roundup and other herbicides are altering and destroying soil nutrients, beneficial microbes, and other delicate components necessary to grow food.

The U.S. is attempting to push its agenda to censor all GMO labeling of foods everywhere around the world. This would result in a global GMO cover-up as consumers are left in the dark about whether their foods and grocery products are genetically modified or not.

Breakfast cereal giant General Mills recently announced plans to slightly cut the sugar content in its children's cereals in accordance with overall pressures on major food producers to fight childhood obesity and its related diseases by making healthier products. However the company continues to use genetically-modified (GM) ingredients in its cereal products, as well as corn syrup, artificial flavors, and artificial colorings -- all of which wreak havoc on health.

Research into the effects of GMOs has linked their consumption to sterility, organ damage, birth defects, disruption of healthy intestinal flora, allergies, cancer, and even genetic changes in human DNA (http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html). And these are just the tip of the iceberg, as nobody truly knows the long-term consequences of consuming these "Frankenfoods".

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given care giant Kaiser Permanente over $300,000 to test and interview 1

4:52PM PST on Feb 9, 2011

Yeah I know, its ridiculous we have no where to run from these, these.....well you know what the heck I mean! Ahhhhhhhhh it makes me crazy!

4:33PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

noted :0

12:04PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

This so sucks ...

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