[permaculture] Trangenic Alfalfa's coming up for approval tomorrow
forgeadams at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 2 01:57:25 EST 2010
Protect Organic Food From Genetically Engineered Crops
Many people are concerned about eating genetically engineered
foods because of possible health risks. Unfortunately, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture is getting closer to approving Monsanto’s
genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, despite the fact that it’s likely
to contaminate other crops, including organic alfalfa. Almost all
organic dairies are dependent upon organic alfalfa, and organic
standards don’t allow the use of GE crops. Tell the USDA to preserve
organic and reject GE alfalfa.
The USDA has studied the possible contamination issues with this
perennial grass. They admit there could be problems, but claim they
don’t know if the contamination of organic alfalfa would matter to
consumers of organic food. This is ridiculous, since avoiding
genetically engineered ingredients is one of the biggest reasons people
seek out organic foods.
We need to tell the USDA loud and clear that consumers want foods
that are free from genetic engineering. Tell the USDA that consumers do
care, and they should reject genetically engineered alfalfa.
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