The USDA recently approved Genetically Modified (GM) Alfalfa to be grown in the United States. Alfalfa is primarily used as a cover crop in winter and as a feed for cattle, particularly by organic meat and dairy farmers who don’t want to feed their cattle genetically modified corn and soy. Alfalfa is a perennial plant, which makes it extremely vulnerable to contamination. Phillip Geertson has spent the last 30 years farming and has been a partner in alfalfa breeding programs for 25 years. Read his article to understand why GE (Genetically Engineered) Alfalfa was approved, even though there is absolutely no need for it. Find out what the GM contamination of regular alfalfa really means. Key quote from article: “There is no wonder that the rest of the world does not want RR alfalfa seed and have prohibited the import of any alfalfa seed contaminated with even a trace of the RR gene.”
Some, like Dr. Philip Bereano, professor emeritus at the University of Washington and an engaged activist concerning GM foods, believe contamination is actually an intentional strategy by both the government and the industry to weaken the organic industry to simply allow GM animal feed in organics.
Indeed, while USDA chief Tom Vilsack acknowledged alfalfa contamination concerns in an “Open Letter to Stakeholders” on December 30, 2010, stating that the USDA’s environmental impact statement “acknowledges the potential of cross-fertilization to non-GE alfalfa from GE alfalfa,” adding that cross-fertilization is “a significant concern for farmers who produce for non-GE markets at home and abroad,” steps were not taken to address them.
GM (or GE) crops cause damage to animals- not just in lab studies which are unethical in themselves, but as witnessed by veterinarians in the field. They are known to disrupt human endocrine systems and are known allergens.
CAN’T WE GET Genetically Modified foods LABELLED???? 90% of Americans WANT THEM LABELLED!!!!
Sign this petition at least and then BOYCOTT GMOs!!! (Genetically Modified Organisms)
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