For those of you who were not yet aware of this, our government has once again betrayed the interested of those of us who care about healthy organic foods. We must act and put pressure on our senators and representative. We must let them know that they will lose our votes if they let this big ag agenda to go through. If this is left unchanged, it will definitely have a devastating effect on organic agriculture, since most animals are fed alfalfa. What’s worse, it is a truly profit driven endeavor, since 93% of all alfalfa is grown without pesticides, so a roundup ready alternative is pure bologna.
Please read this edited article from the Alliance for Natural Health and take action.
On January 27, the US Department of Agriculture reached a decision on genetically engineered Roundup Ready® alfalfa, Out of the three possible options—regulation, partial deregulation, and complete deregulation—the USDA chose the worst possible option: complete deregulation.
Nobody expected this since the USDA had hinted that it would only partially deregulate. There is a great deal of evidence that the USDA was the victim of intense lobbying by Monsanto at the last minute, and possible collusion with Monsanto by the White House
Deregulation is dangerous. Without regulation, GM alfalfa will encroach on non-GM alfalfa, irretrievably contaminating it. There have already been over 200 episodes of transgenic contamination, costing farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales. If genetically engineered crops spread, the word “organic” will be virtually meaningless, affecting crops, the cattle who eat the alfalfa, and consumers who eat both.
Moreover, Roundup Ready® alfalfa will substantially increase herbicide use. The USDA’s own data shows that just 7% of alfalfa acres are currently treated with herbicides. Where do we go from here? We have to take our stand right here, with GMO alfalfa, because it cannot be contained. It will contaminate other crops. We believe a multi-pronged approach has the best chance of overturning this disastrous decision:
- The Center for Food Safety has announced it will file a lawsuit against the USDA over the decision, and ANH-USA will try to become a co-plaintiff in that suit.
- We need to blanket Congress with protests, asking senators and representatives and oversight committees to review the deregulation decision. We want to mount a massive grassroots campaign to show Congress that there is a steep political price to be paid for supporting genetically engineered organisms, especially alfalfa which cannot be contained. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have issued a statement condemning the USDA decision, so we are not alone in our desire to see this reversed.
- And we need to put pressure on the USDA and the Obama administration. They need to understand how angry American citizens are, and why we feel so betrayed. It is time for crony capitalism to end.
In 1781, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
Our Action Alert will take you to a letter you can send to the decision-makers: your president, your senators, your representative, and the USDA. Please take what we’ve written and add your own thoughts. Pour out your thoughts and make your voice heard. Show them we will not allow the government to poison us and our children with frankenfoods. Please contact them today at the following link;