[permaculture] Trangenic Alfalfa's coming up for approval tomorrow

Patrick 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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