Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Take Action TODAY or alfalfa is not just the kid on the little rascals with the bad hair

A few years back, Monsanto illegally won USDA approval for its genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa by convincing regulators to bypass a mandatory environmental review.

In response to a lawsuit by consumer groups, the courts then stepped in and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA followed the law.

In December, the USDA finally released its review of Monsanto's GE alfalfa seed and determined that Monsanto's alfalfa met government standards, despite the risk of organic contamination.

This conclusion came despite the acknowledgment by USDA researchers that GE alfalfa is virtually certain to "contaminate" normal seeds. Cross-contamination is the number one concern with genetically engineered crops!

Organic contamination is devastating for organic farmers, especially organic dairy farmers, most of whom use organic alfalfa for feed. The presence of even the smallest amount of GE material can cause a farm to lose its organic certification.

And court documents indicate that early plantings of GE alfalfa did contaminate conventional alfalfa. Yet the USDA maintains that Monsanto's existing safety protocols are good enough which is ridiculous.

The USDA also concluded that the possibility of contamination of organic fields is of no concern, since consumers won't care if their organic food or milk contains genetically engineered components. (!!!!)

The USDA is accepting public comments on Monsanto's application through Wednesday, March 3.

If you have a few seconds to take some action on this here is some possible wording:

"I am writing in regard to Docket APHIS-2007-0044, and I demand that the USDA reject Monsanto's application to market genetically engineered alfalfa. The USDA may not believe it matters if GE alfalfa contaminates organic and other non-GE crops, but I certainly do.

Consumers must be able to avoid genetically engineered products. Farmers must be free of the threat of contamination and the USDA must not put organic farmers' livelihoods at risk. The USDA admits that approval of GE alfalfa will make transgenic contamination inevitable. This is unacceptable.

Therefore, I urge you to reject Monsanto's application to sell genetically engineered alfalfa."

Here is the USDA link.

5 comments:

donauluft said...

This is very important! I really hope everyone will support this!

O Bella Naturals said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I made sure to message them and spread this news. This is so very important! Thanks again!
~Betsy

SillyLittleLady said...

They think it wouldn't matter? Who do they think they are? Of course it matters!

stacy di said...

very funny title for a very serious post. thanks for posting!!

Sherry said...

Thanks so much for posting this, Cat. One of evil side effects of modified seed like this is, at harvest time it contaminates organically grown crops around the world.

xoSherry