BREAKING: USDA Approves Unlimited Planting Of GE Alfalfa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will once again allow unlimited, nation-wide commercial planting of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa.

The decision comes as a shock to many after the USDA admitted that GE alfalfa poses many risks to organic and conventional farmers in its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

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.

Send a letter to President Obama urging him to stop this approval!

Although USDA Secretary Vilsack reiterated concerns surrounding purity and access to non-GE seed during a Thursday call with stakeholders, the Agency’s decision still places the entire burden for preventing contamination on non-GE farmers, with no protections for food producers, consumers and exporters.

In 2007, a federal court ruled that the USDA’s approval of GE alfalfa violated environmental laws by failing to analyze risks such as the contamination of conventional and organic alfalfa, the evolution of glyphosate-resistant weeds, and increased use of glyphosate herbicide, sold by Monsanto as Roundup. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals twice affirmed the national ban on GE alfalfa planting.

“Last spring more than 200,000 people submitted comments to the USDA highly critical of the substance and conclusions of its Draft EIS on GE Alfalfa,” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director for the Center for Food Safety in a statement.  “Clearly the USDA was not listening to the public or farmers but rather to just a handful of corporations.”

The Center for Food Safety identified several key points that were not properly assessed in the FEIS, and announed its immediate plans to challenge the USDA’s flawed plans in court.

Send a letter to President Obama urging him veto the USDA’s approval!

If you want to learn more about the fight to eliminate GE crops from the food supply, check out the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign.

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William C
William C9 months ago


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W. C9 months ago

Thank you.

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Jim Vabout a year ago

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Cheryl B6 years ago


Rose N.
Past Member 7 years ago

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Cheryl B7 years ago


rita b.
Rita B7 years ago

Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health
Friday, January 28, 2011 by: Jeffrey M. Smith
Learn more: This article was written by a Professor at Purdue University who has been studying Monsanto's Roundup for years. It destroys the fertility of the soil and sickens plants making them more suspetible to diseases, insects and strengthen weeds which then of course that means the farmer needs to use a greater amount of Roundup - surprise!

I vote we give Monsanto a new name MonINSANTO since they seem determined to destroy the planet's food diversity and health and only a complete psychopath would want that.

We should all write to Pres. Obama and tell him to give Vilsack the SACK. Vilsack is undermining the food security of this country. I will bet anything that many people at the USDA are against this terrible decision but their voices have been silenced.

Lauren A.
Lauren A7 years ago

*Embarrassed about what our world has come to.*

Ireven G.
Ireven G.7 years ago

Thank you.

Tisa L.
Tisa Loewen7 years ago

Monsanto and other GE seed producers are in the chemtrail spray business too... already patenting seed that can grow in toxic soil that has been polluted from the sky, where other seeds can't grow.
Is Care2 promoting the S 510 Food Modernization Act?