Genetically engineered alfalfa puts the organic dairy industry in a bad MOO-d.
What’s the issue?
- On January 27th 2011, the USDA announced that the genetically engineered alfalfa grass developed by Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics will once again enter the agricultural industry as a non-regulated crop (USDA, 2011).
Why should you be concerned?
- Alfalfa grass is used as feed in most organic dairies.
- Given the impossibility of preventing natural cross-pollination and seed mixing, it may soon become difficult for organic alfalfa farmers to prevent the contamination of their crops with genetically engineered alfalfa.
- With organic dairies unable to purchase organic alfalfa, organic dairy products could disappear from store shelves.
How can you help?
Despite the best efforts of Native Sun’s blog, Twitter, and Facebook updates, the voice of owner Aaron Gottlieb, the Native Sun staff, and countless Americans concerned about their food supply, we failed to alter the decision to allow GE alfalfa to enter the agricultural industry.
Although the petition may have been granted, it’s not too late! We need your help!
Visit the Organic Trade Association’s website to let the White House know that you do not support the deregulation of GE alfalfa.
If you would like to make a donation to the legal effort dedicated to fighting against GE alfalfa, visit the Center for Food Safety’s website or call (202) 547-9359.
You can also sign up to receive up to date information from the Center for Food Safety by registering here.
References: United States Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. (2011). USDA Announces Decision to Fully Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa (Release number 0035.11). Permalink.