Today is a very sad day for USA organics. Yesterday Tom Vilsack – head of the USDA , approved the deregulation of Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Round-Up Ready Alfalfa. Learn More HERE. (Cornucopia Institute)
Gene contamination of meat, milk, feed and other products to follow… especially here in the state of Nevada, where over 70% of our state’s agriculture is beef. As soon as the GE alfalfa begins to cross-pollinate with traditional and organic alfalfa, all will be contaminated and we will have no such thing as organic meat or milk anymore. Cross-Pollination is inevitable as alfalfa is pollinated by bees and other insects and has a pollination radius of 5 miles. (If you’re thinking, who cares…I’m vegan…think again. Next to come is deregulation of Round-Up Ready beets, corn, soy and eventually everything we eat!!)
GLYPHOSATE, the main ingredient in Round-Up has been proven cause Sudden Death Syndrome in plants. The GLYPHOSATE molecule grabs vital nutrients in the soil and doesn’t let them go, creating a vicious cycle of agriculture which needs more and more inputs and artificial nutrients. Basically, dead and deficient food.
TAKE ACTION NOW AND ASK THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA REVERSE THIS DECISION!!
In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market (WFM), while proclaiming their support for organics and “seed purity,” gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. In exchange for allowing Monsanto’s premeditated pollution of the alfalfa gene pool, WFM wants “compensation.” In exchange for a new assault on farmworkers and rural communities (a recent large-scale Swedish study found that spraying Roundup doubles farm workers’ and rural residents’ risk of getting cancer), WFM expects the pro-biotech USDA to begin to regulate rather than cheerlead for Monsanto. In payment for a new broad spectrum attack on the soil’s crucial ability to provide nutrition for food crops and to sequester dangerous greenhouse gases (recent studies show that Roundup devastates essential soil microorganisms that provide plant nutrition and sequester climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases), WFM wants the Biotech Bully of St. Louis to agree to pay “compensation” (i.e. hush money) to farmers “for any losses related to the contamination of his crop.” READ MORE HERE.
With big money controlling Congress and the media, we have little choice but to shift our focus and go local. We’ve got to concentrate our forces where our leverage and power lie, in the marketplace, at the retail level; pressuring retail food stores to voluntarily label their products; while on the legislative front we must organize a broad coalition to pass mandatory GMO (and CAFO) labeling laws, at the city, county, and state levels.