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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Say NO to GE Alfalfa

Monsanto is at it again.  When are they not at it?  I know alot of local farmers depend on organic alfalfa to feed their animals in the winter.

From Food & Water Watch:
The USDA is getting closer to approving Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa.  One of the biggest impacts of allowing the use of GE alfalfa is contamination of other crops, including organic alfalfa, which is used by most organic dairies.  The USDA actually acknowledges the problem of contamination, but claims consumers and others in the organic movement may not care about the contamination.  This is absurd, considering one of the main reasons many people seek out organic food is to avoid genetically engineered crops.

We need to let the USDA know that consumers don't want genetically engineered foods, and don't want organic foods to be contaminated.  Tell the USDA to reject the approval for Monsanto's GE alfalfa.
You can sign the Food & Water Watch petition here.

Also from ana Sofia joanes of FRESH, the movie:
The USDA is well on its way to approving Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa. In its own report, the USDA says that not enough consumers care enough about organic foods for the USDA to block Monsanto's modified alfalfa seeds. [1]  This is absurd since one of the main reasons people buy organic food is to avoid genetically engineered crops.

The USDA is only accepting public comments for the next two weeks. We need you to write to the USDA right now and tell them they must not approve Monsanto's mutant alfalfa. We'll deliver your comments before the deadline. [2]

Click here: http://action.freshthemovie.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1753

Alfafa is one of the major food sources for certified organic animals, not only because of its quality as forage, but because Monsanto's patented genes are already found in 95% of soybeans and 80% of corn. If the USDA lets Monsanto sell its new alfalfa, it will inevitably overtake organic alfalfa crops through the natural pollination process. [3] As a result organic farmers may be feeding their cows genetically modified food.

Just like its corn and soy, Monsanto's alfalfa is designed to tolerate its leading herbicide: Roundup. We can't allow Monsanto's greed to take-over one more crop. The consequences to our choice as consumer, to biological diversity, to the survival of our small and organic farmers depends are too dire.

Monsanto's domination of our food must stop. For the USDA to shrug it off like nobody cares is to add insult to injury. We only have two weeks to submit our comments.The fight for FRESH food will continue, and with your help we'll make it clear that people care about the food they eat.
Please take a few minutes to sign these petitions.  You don't even have to comment if you don't want to.  It's so important to keep as much of our crops GMO-free. 

Also, there are two NH bills regarding GMOs.  More information can be found at Seacoast Eat Local.

Here's a great YouTube video I found last night regarding the dangers of GMO crops:


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