Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stop GMO alterations to Alfalfa!

Stop Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Protect Organic Food! The USDA recently released a draft of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Genetically Engineered "Roundup Ready" Alfalfa, and if we don't speak up, it's clear they intend to approve its commercial use. We can't let this happen. You may not think about alfalfa much when you're drinking organic milk, but organic alfalfa is important to organic farming, as a nourishing animal feed that's also a nitrogen-fixing soil enhancer. Once GE alfalfa is introduced, its contamination of non-GE plants - including organic - is all but inevitable. And because alfalfa is fed to dairy cows and other livestock, contamination puts organic dairy and meat at risk, too! In their EIS, the USDA states "There is no evidence that consumers care about GE contamination of organic alfalfa." We know that you do care. Let's not be Monsanto's guinea pigs! Now is your chance to be heard. Tell the USDA to protect organic food and farmers from GE contamination, and NOT TO APPROVE Monsanto's GE Alfalfa. Comments are due by February 16, 2010. You CAN make a difference. Please tell the USDA that you care about GE contamination and your right to GMO-free organic foods.

• Learn more and get talking points at the organic valley website

• Read the document here

• Then take action at the Center for Food Safety , or submit comments online to the USDA directly

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