Monsanto produces most of the GMO seeds and crops (genetically modified) in the world today, and ruthlessly goes after farmers whose fields contain trace amounts of its patented seeds, and yet officially denies doing so. Read the proof here.
WellWise has reported about genetically modified crops (GMOs), and how farmers and producers of organic foods were blindsided by the recent USDA decisions to allow unregulated planting of GMO alfalfa, corn and sugar beets. Well, it appears they are not going to take it lying down. On March 30, a coalition of family farmers and seed businesses filed suit against Monsanto, the GMO agricultural giant.
We Americans are passionate about our freedom to choose, so when we find out that Monsanto and other biotech producers of GMO crops and foods have spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying Congress to NOT allow us to know we’re choosing GMO foods on our grocery shelves because accurate labeling is not required, there may be blood.
On February 1st, 2011, the Obama administration approved two more GMO food crops; alfalfa and sugar beets. Healthy foods have again lost to big corporate interests, and that even under a health-conscious liberal administration health foods and organic foods are losing the war. Perhaps you aren’t a regular consumer of organic food, or haven’t even heard of genetically modified foods (GMO foods), and think they don’t concern you. Let us dissuade you of that notion right now.
A well respected expert on pathogens, retired Col. Don M. Huber, tried with a warning letter to slow down the USDA’s February 2011 decision to allow unrestricted planting of GMO alfalfa, warning of a new microscopic fungus attacking GMO soybeans and corn. He was unsuccessful, despite citing observed consequences such spontaneous abortions and infertility in GMO fed cattle.
Are you eating GMO (genetically modified) foods? Would you rather not? Then you are in the vast majority, polls show. But good luck finding out what you’re eating – we do not have the right in America, as they do in the European Union, Australia and Japan, to know whether we’re consuming GMO or non-GMO foods.
The USDA’s decision to allow unrestricted planting of GMO alfalfa could make it tough for you in the future to find truly organic products such as organic milk. The decision was an unhappy ending for organics folks who fought against it since 2005, but lost to the big companies that create GMO seeds after those companies spent an estimated half-billion dollars lobbying Congress.
If you care about organic foods, you should probably stand up right now and make your voice heard. The Department of Agriculture is about to deliver a big blow to organic farmers and foods. For years Monsanto, the agricultural giant behind the conversion of nearly all the corn, soy and cotton in the US (80 percent) to genetically modified (GM) crops, Roundup-ready (herbicide) crops, has been working to deregulate the use of GMO alfalfa. Now it appears the Dept. of Agriculture will approve the crop.
The first months of 2001, the USDA approved unrestricted planting of GMO alfalfa and slightly restricted planting of sugar beets. How problematic is this for organic farmers and foods? In this GMO blog, WellWise interviews an organics expert about how this decision ultimately takes away your right to eat non GMO foods.