After a US Supreme Court case ruled in favor of Monsanto in June of 2010, the USDA was pretty much forced to deregulate the crop, because there wasn’t enough evidence to support the claim that the crop is harmful. According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, “After conducting a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement and several public comment opportunities, APHIS has determined that Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe as traditionally bred alfalfa.”
If you want to avoid GE crops, you should try avoiding processed foods and demand organic products at your local grocery store.
The USDA deregulated Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa after an Environmental Impact Statement was generated and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service determined that “RR alfalfa does not pose a plant pest risk.”
But word from those upset by the USDA’s decision, mainly organic farmers and the Center for Food and Safety is that the USDA bent to the pressure of mega agribusiness, mainly Monsanto. The options for the Roundup Ready alfalfa was regulation, partial regulation, and total deregulation. Partial regulation was expected as a cooperative move between organic and non-organic farmers (organic farms are required not to us GM foods). According to Food Safety News, anonymous sources say that the USDA was asked by the White House to deregulate to appear more friendly to business.
The Center for Food Safety plans on sueing the USDA for it’s decision due to poor use of scientific data and false rationale.
So in other words, it would seem that the decision was made to please Monsanto, and not for thorough scientific analysis, or consideration for organic farmers.
The best thing that we can do to combat GMO or GE crops, foods with chemicals, pesticides, and hormones, is to acquire heirloom seeds, grow your own plants (not hybrids, but seed producing plants), save them and continue planting and growing. You can grow small amounts even on apartment balconies, indoors, in containers or small yards. If you cannot grow anything, than at least vote with your dollars and shop at local farmers markets and shop for organic foods at your grocery store if you must. If you eat meat – shop at a true butcher shop and purchase only grass fed beef and range grazed pork and free range chickens that eat seeds, grasses, bugs as they are meant to do.
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