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Stop USDA Approval Of Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa!

Stop USDA Approval Of Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa!

Despite a Supreme Court decision to regulate (read: ban) genetically engineered, Roundup Ready alfalfa for widespread commercial use in June 2010, the USDA is again poised to release this potentially harmful crop for national use.

Help Preserve the Future of Organic; Prevent Full Deregulation of GE Alfalfa!

Food and Water Watch reports: “the USDA had to do an assessment of the impact GE alfalfa could have on the environment. That new assessment was released on December 16th, and it is one of the last steps USDA has to take before approving Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa.”

The USDA has several options with regard to this decision. It could:

  1. Allow GE alfalfa to be planted anywhere in the U.S. without any restrictions
  2. Continue to regulate GE alfalfa (which means it would not be legal to plant)
  3. Allow GE alfalfa to be planted under certain conditions that vary in different parts of the country.

It’s important for consumers to know that any approval of GE alfalfa puts organic farmers at risk, even under the complicated scheme the agency is proposing as option 3.

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.

Although the new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledges the potential harm of GE alfalfa and says he’s hoping for an amicable compromise in this legistlation, it’s impossible to imagine a win-win situation for both Monsanto and organic farmers.

The Atlantic’s Marion Nestle points out that “Farm groups supporting GM alfalfa strongly object to Vilsack’s ‘coexistence’ initiative. In a letter (PDF), the groups argue that the coexistence policy could ‘adversely impact all producers of biotech crops, as well as the integrity of the American agriculture system.’

TAKE ACTION! Tell the USDA it’s time to ban GE Alfalfa once and for all. Please sign both petitions below.

Help Preserve the Future of Organic; Prevent Full Deregulation of GE Alfalfa

Tell The USDA Not To Allow GE Alfalfa In Any Form

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12:41AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

ok thx

9:24PM PST on Jan 21, 2011

No GMOs.

5:30PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Monsanto...? Just another soulless monster. Avarice personified.

12:57PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for the article!

6:43AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Why is the Taliban wasting their time fighting Americans when Monsanto will kill us for them?

3:31PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

I agree. The U.S. is just a giant corporation. Might be time for a civil war?

3:06PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Hasta cuando MONSANTO, si esto sigue asi todo lo q comamos va a ser originado por ellos.... que horror.

2:20PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

To Carol A.:
We will never hear about any of this kind or news, or anything related to it, because Monsanto and other Big Agra companies pay the networks lots and lots of money in advertising. So, any real news about these legislative issues will never be brought to the public's attention. Otherwise, the money plug will be pulled and the network will suffer for actually commenting on something affecting a corporations profit. It is best that no one knows what they are eating and pay up.

Welcome to the United Corporations of America. Corporations own the USDA, the FDA, and even have a few members on the Supreme Court-- just to help their products along. The only vote we have left is where we spend our little money. Collectively, we can have an effect.

You can however avoid eating this stuff: buy local foods if possible (localharvest . com), buy organic foods while it is still organic, buy grass-fed beef, "pastured" chickens and eggs ("free range" legally means that there is a door on a chicken feed house that is open to the outside for five minutes a day, and why would they leave a house full of genetically modified soybean to go outside?).

Real food (organic, local) costs more than the supermarket "stuff", but that is real cost of food. The other stuff is a result of government subsidies to the corn industry, making everything it touches cheaper than it should be.

Once GE alfalfa gets loose, there is no way to keep it contained, and we will lose our real f

1:07PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Monsanto should not have been allowed to become such a powerful force in the first place. Thanks to the American Government, it's unfair to everyone and its only in Monsanto's best interest to keep it that way. And to think this same Government was on Bill Gate's case to stop "cornering the market". What hypocracy. At least MircoSoft isn't out to poison us to death and they have donated Millions in the pursuit to help others. Not saying that Microsoft is perfect, considering they produce petrolium based products, but its more than one can say about Monsanto.
I hope some day Monsanto gets what they royally deserve, to become extinct.

10:52AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

oh no

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