Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa

Before you write a nice, polite and useless letter to Tom Vilsack you should know where he is coming from first:

– Flashback: Obama appoints Monsanto shill Tom Vilsack to USDA chief

“Washington lobbyists haven’t funded my campaign, they won’t run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of working Americans when I am president”.
– Barack Obama

See also (Thanks Jeremy!):

Monsanto back in court: Center for Food Safety challenges GMO alfalfa ruling

Stonyfield Farm Takes a Swing at Monsanto (and the OCA)

Before the organic elite has been accused of ‘treason’:

The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto

More change from President Obama bin Bush!

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Obama Administration Allows Unrestricted Planting of GMO Alfalfa. Bye-Bye Organic Milk and Beef


Organic Panic: Obama Administration Green Lights Mutant Alfalfa (ABC News):

USDA Deregulation of Genetically Modified Hay Threatens Organic Foods, Critics Say

The nation’s organic farmers are sounding the alarm after an Obama administration decision they say could destroy their supply chains and drastically limit the choices and availability of some popular consumer foods.

The Department of Agriculture decided last week to allow the widespread, unregulated use of genetically modified alfalfa, commonly known as hay, which is the primary feed for dairy cows and beef cattle across the country.

Opponents argue that he mutant crops, engineered to survive being sprayed with insecticide, could escape from their fields and eventually cross-pollinate with and contaminate neighboring organic crops. That could mean less organic feed for the organic cows that produce a range of organic products.

“Consumers don’t eat [genetically modified] alfalfa, of course,” said Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which examines the U.S. farming and food industry. “But it’s the main feed for dairy cows. And organic milk, one of the most successful and popular organic foods, could be compromised if the organic cows eat non-organic feed.”

Some environmental experts are also concerned that broader planting of herbicide-resistant crops, which are then doused with powerful chemicals, could expedite the spread of “superweeds,” which are herbicide-resistant pests that force farmers to potentially use more toxic substances to root them out.

“This is a bad solution to a nonexistent problem,” said Pollan, who noted more than 90 percent of alfalfa crops are grown without a herbicide.

Many organic farming advocates speculate that the new Roundup-ready alfalfa is an attempt by the crop’s commercial producers — Monsanto and Forage Genetics International — to dominate the market and increase profits.

But Monsanto, the nation’s leading producer of genetically modified seeds and popular herbicide Roundup, said Roundup-ready alfalfa has been welcomed by many farmers because it yields “healthier, faster-growing stands [plantings] and hay with fewer weeds in every bale.”

The special seeds were first widely planted in 2005 on more than 250,000 acres before a court order in 2007 halted further planting until the USDA could review complaints by organic farming groups.

“Roundup-ready alfalfa is not expected to become more invasive in natural environments or have any different effect on critical habitat than traditional alfalfa,” the USDA said in a statement explaining its decision. “In addition, the nutritional profiles of RR alfalfa and traditional alfalfa are not different (within normal cultivar variations); therefore animal nutrition is not expected to be different.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency has formed two advisory committees to evaluate the rollout of genetically modified alfalfa and ensure growers have access to non-modified seed if they want it.

“I see real progress here,” New York University professor and food expert Marion Nestle wrote in the Atlantic earlier this month of the government’s willingness to weigh regulation of alfalfa. “At least — and at last — USDA recognizes the threat of GM [genetically modified] agriculture to organic production.”

But many critics were shocked that the agency didn’t accommodate any of their concerns, including a possible rule requiring that altered crops not to be planted alongside organic ones.

“USDA has become a rogue agency in its regulation of biotech crops and its decision to appease the few companies who seek to benefit from this technology comes despite increasing evidence that GE [genetically engineered] alfalfa will threaten the rights of farmers and consumers, as well as damage the environment,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director for the Center for Food Safety.

He said the group plans to sue.

More information on GMOs:

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US: Organic Consumers Association Funded by Big Pharma and Rockefeller! Food Freedom Betrayal!

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WikiLeaks Cables: US Targets EU Over GM Crops

Australia: Monsanto GM Strain Blows Organic Status Away

US Conspired to Retaliate Against European Nations If They Resisted GMOs: Wikileaks Cable Reveals

USDA GMO Policy

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Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

BIODIVERSITY: Privatisation Making Seeds Themselves Infertile

At stake is no less than control of the world’s food supply.

Exposed: the great GM crops myth:

“Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.”

Highly recommended videos:

Life running out of control – Genetically Modified Organisms (!)

The World According to Monsanto – A documentary that Americans won’t ever see. (!)

Obama and Monsanto:

Obama Gives Key Agriculture Post to Lobbyist of CropLife America Whose Members Include Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont and Dow Chemical

Obama Gives ‘Pesticide Lobbyist’ Post as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Monsanto lobbyists to be placed in charge of food safety by Obama

Obama appoints Monsanto shill Tom Vilsack to USDA chief

On CODEX and the agenda of the elite:

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Dr. Rima E. Laibow: The Globalist Depopulation Agenda

Dr. Rima E. Laibow on Codex Alimentarius and Food Nazification (!)

Dr. Rima E. Laibow on the Contamination of the Food Supply & Deadly Antibiotics

Codex Alimentarius: Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection

One Nation Under Siege – Full Theatrical Release

Nutricide – Criminalizing Natural Health, Vitamins, and Herbs

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