Tuesday, March 22, 2011

USDA Approved the Unrestricted Cultivation of Genetically Engineered (GE) Alfalfa

Dear Readers,

Even with strong opposition form consumers, the organic community here and abroad , the USDA approved the unrestricted cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The measure included no requirements to prevent contamination of organic and non-GE crops and the regulation does not contain a provision to label so consumers will not be able to identify products made from the GE alfalfa and avoid if they choose to do so. For me and perhaps other with food, chemical and environmental allergies this poses a real dilemma. It also poses a problem for all organic growers and producers growing or using alfalfa as a feed as many EU countries will not allow any imports of GE crops or products that may be contaminated with GE crops. I will follow this note with an article reprint that will provide a clearer look at GE crops.

The organic community has spoken out almost universally against this decision, exemplified by statements from National Co-op Grocers Association (NCGA), the Center for Food Safety, EcoFarm, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA). OTA has provided a web page with talking points to help individuals quickly create an email or letter expressing opposition to the decision. It’s important that we all speak up to show that this decision is not acceptable and has not gone unnoticed. Please let the White House know that you do NOT support the deregulation of GE alfalfa!

Sign Food & Water Watch's petition asking the Obama Administration to protect farmers and consumers from Monsanto's GE crops.

Click here to say no to help stop monsanto's GEing our foodhttp://www.change.org/petitions/stop-monsantos-takeover-at-the-usda

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