View Full Version : Update: Don't let Monsanto's GMO alfalfa destroy organic dairy

01-25-11, 12:48 PM
From: "Food Democracy Now! Team" <info@fooddemocracynow.org>
January 24, 2011

In case you haven't yet responded...IMO this is the biggest threat of all.

Take a stand for organics - Tell Secretary Vilsack and President Obama to reject Monsanto's GMO alfalfa.
Last week we sent an urgent appeal to members of the organic, sustainable and local food community regarding the pending approval of Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa - a decision is expected as early as this week.

Remarkably, more than 60,000 American citizens have signed this letter calling on Secretary Vilsack and President Obama to reject the approval of this Roundup Ready crop, which according to many farmers and scientists, is a completely unnecessary technology since alfalfa, as a perennial crop, does not face the same weed pressures as annual crops such as corn and soybeans.

If you have already signed this letter, please forward this letter to 3 people who care about the integrity of organics and you know who will take action to protect it and ask that they sign it. Please help us reach 75,000 signers by the end of the day!
Since the decision could be made in the next few days, please make a phone call to a family member or friend to make sure they get a chance to sign it. And if you haven't signed, please sign here:
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/329?akid=286.24565.AU52j5&t=7 (http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/329?akid=286.24565.AU52j5&t=6)

Let Secretary Vilsack and President Obama know that this is a vital issue for you and your family; to have a guarantee that you have organic food that is not contaminated by GMOs, which are prohibited under the USDA organic standards.

As previously mentioned, Secretary Vilsack and the USDA have proposed two courses of action, either full deregulation of Monsanto's GMO alfalfa or a plan for the "coexistence" of GMOs alongside organic and non-GMO crops. Unfortunately, both outcomes will result in genetic contamination of organic crops and threatens to undermine the ability for organic dairy farmers and other livestock sectors to find adequate feed for their animals to maintain organic certification.

Already Monsanto and the biotech industry have bristled at the idea that the USDA would dare propose any limitations on their ability to plant its genetically modified seeds anywhere in farmer's fields across the country, despite the well known and scientific evidence that if allowed to be planted, GMO alfalfa will certainly contaminated organic and non-organic crops. Their arrogance is so great they have even called for Secretary Vilsack to be fired over his coexistence proposal.

At the same time, some in the organic industry, including Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farms are calling for the adoption of Secretary Vilsack's coexistence plan. While we appreciate their efforts to guarentee that organic and conventional farmers whose crops are contaminated receive fair and just economic compensation, we believe that all American farmers have the right to not have their fields contaminated and that understanding the real world of how nature works, compounded by human error, the current proposal for coexistence is unworkable.

Please join more than 60,000 Americans, family farmers and organic consumers across the country in telling them that the genetic contamination and potential loss of the organic dairy sector is not worth the risk. It's time to stand up to Monsanto and the biotech bullies and place a moratorium on GMO alfalfa in order to protect the organic dairy industry, organic consumers and the environment.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/329?akid=286.24565.AU52j5&t=9 (http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/329?akid=286.24565.AU52j5&t=8)