Monsanto's Roundup-Ready Alfalfa = Goodbye Organic Beef and Dairy, Says New Lawsuit

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Will Roundup-Ready alfalfa render natural alfalfa extinct?
Environmental groups and organic farmers alike have slapped the USDA with a lawsuit for its greenlighting of Monsanto's Roundup-Ready alfalfa grass earlier this year.

The plaintiffs -- which include the Center for Food Safety and the Sierra Club, along with various alliances of organic farmers -- seem to be operating on the following syllogism:

  • In order to resist Roundup, Monsanto's powerful pesticide, the company's alfalfa grass has been genetically modified.
  • Alfalfa is notorious for cross-pollinating across long distances, so eventually, all alfalfa will have Monsanto DNA, i.e., it will be genetically modified.
  • Alfalfa is a major food source for cattle.
  • If cattle eat genetically modified alfalfa, the meat and dairy they produce can no longer be "organic."
  • Therefore, organic meat and dairy are in great peril.

Read the full lawsuit below. And, for those seeking more background, back in February, HuffPo did a good job explaining the viewpoints of the pro-organic folks and the farmers who want to make some $$$).
Center for Food Safety et al v. Vilsack et al
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James Fisher
James Fisher

Arecent study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences foundthat Monsanto's GM Corn causes liver and kidney damage in lab rats. Monsantoonly released the raw data after a legal challenge from Greenpeace, the SwedishBoard of Agriculture, and French anti- GM campaigners. I'm sure the corn isfine to feed to our cattle or eat ourselves though. Right? 

 

Alan
Alan

What ever happened to the right to choose? Cross pollinating GMO crops with organic crops is simply not acceptable. "Organic" crops must be protected, not infected!

If and when the time comes that GMO and Organic "have to" co-exist, the primary requirement would be that GMO pollen / seeds must be able to be contained in a specific environment.

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Shelley Powers
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And to add insult to injury? When the genetically modified alfalfa is detected in the organic crops, Monsanto will sue the growers for violating it's copyright.

Worse, is we're now finding plants that are developing a resistance to Round Up, so the whole point of using these genetically modified seeds is pointless. Short sighted stupid people.

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