SF Bay Area Vegan Business Owners Message Board › Opportunity for small businesses to influence USDA
San Ramon, CA
If you care about organics and heirlooms and stemming the influence of companies that flood the market with GMO products, you might want to take action on this, even if you don't consume meat, dairy or grains.
If the USDA and Monsanto get their way, organic integrity is about to go the way of the dinosaur. The USDA seems determined to let Monsanto ride roughshod over common sense environmental rules that would protect organic farmers from having their crops contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) Roundup Ready seeds.
Organic alfalfa is a crop that organic dairy farmers and organic beef producers depend upon for feed. According to USDA organic standards, GMO crops are not allowed for animal feed. The USDA position paper on this issue was released last month. It stated that the USDA would allow GMO alfalfa to be planted in the U.S., despite scientific proof that GMO alfalfa contaminates organic alfalfa.
If organic and conventional alfalfa crops are allowed to be contaminated by GMO alfalfa, the organic dairy industry stands to lose more than $1.4 billion, as organic integrity is dependent upon GMO-free ingredients and feed.
Click on the link below to tell Secretary Vilsack and President Obama that you refuse to accept genetic contamination of the organic industry . It’s vital that they hear from you today.