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USDA Favors Monsanto over Organic Industry, Consumers

Irrigation in an alfalfa field

β€œNot listening to the public”

Despite these threats to organic farming, USDA will allow GE alfalfa to be grown without restrictions and allow restricted plantings of GE sugar beets until completion of a court-ordered environmental review next May after which USDA will surely remove the restrictions.

Last spring more than 200,000 people submitted comments to the USDA objecting to the conclusions of the agency’s draft environmental review of GE alfalfa. Another 250,000 public comments were submitted following the release of the final review with the vast majority opposing deregulation.

β€œClearly the USDA was not listening to the public or farmers but rather to just a handful of corporations,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, which has spearheaded lawsuits to stop GE alfalfa and sugar beets.

Take Action

What’s an organic food supporter to do? Two steps:

  1. Support the legal fight led by the Center for Food Safety.
  2. Send a letter to President Obama telling him you object to the approval of GE alfalfa.

Ken Roseboro is editor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report, www.non-gmoreport.com. He can be reached at ken@non-gmoreport.com.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by tea_time

9 comments
  1. Tony

    You have been conned by the organic anti-GM people to believe the hype against GE crops. Those on teh market are safe and promote the use of much lower amounts of chemcial insecticides – somthing you fail to mention. The herbicide tolerance trait is against a herbicide is one of the safest on the market. Safer than table salt.

    1. Ken Roseboro

      GE crops haven’t reduced pesticide use, they have increased it. US farmers have applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides since GE crops were introduced.
      This will only get worse now that weeds resistant to Roundup herbicide, which is used with Roundup Ready GM crops, are increasing exponentially throughout the US.
      Farmers will have to spray more and more harmful herbicides.
      This shows the shortsighted problems with GM crops.

  2. Steve Savage

    Ken,
    The USDA based their decision on real science- not the sort of junk and “agenda” science you are citing. Millions of chickens, hogs, cows, turkeys etc have been eating GMO soy for more than a decade. They have seen no reproductive issues and there is absolutely no reason they should. Guess what, the sky is not falling!

    1. Ken Roseboro

      You speak as if you know for certain there have been no problems. There are several farmers here in Iowa whose hogs suffered false pregnancies from consuming Bt corn a few years ago. They switched to non-GM corn and the problem stopped.
      There is also a veterinarian in NE Iowa who has found intestinal damage in hogs fed RR corn and soy.

  3. Kenneth

    I may be simplistic or naive regarding part of this issue. I seem to recall a 3rd grade experiment that involves white carnations and blue dyed water. the carnation absorbs the water, changing color. How is it a plant, a tuber, that is watered with Roundup does not absorb this poison in the natural process of absorbing water as it grows? I understand the beets don’t die from the poison, but does that really indicate they have not absorbed it and subsequently created Roundup laced sugar?

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