I just received this urgent alert from Food & Water Watch:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is about to approve Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, despite the fact that it’s likely to contaminate other crops, including organic alfalfa. Organic dairies need organic alfalfa as feed for their cows, and organic standards don’t allow the use of GE crops. Contamination of organic crops from GE crops can destroy markets for organic farmers.
The danger of cross-contamination is even higher with alfalfa than with other GM crops, which is why this is such a serious issue. Here’s more on the issue from the Food & Water Watch alert:
The USDA tried to approve GE alfalfa before and the decision was challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court, which made the agency re-assess the environmental impact GE alfalfa could have on the environment. Now USDA has rushed through this process because big agribusiness wants to be allowed to plant GE alfalfa this spring.
Stop GM Alfalfa
Want to get heard? Food & Water Watch is asking folks to send a letter to President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack asking them to stand up against Monsanto’s GM alfalfa.
More On Monsanto’s Alfalfa
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