Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tell our President to stop GMO alfalfa!

Here is a link to a site called Take Action, (which I found via Organic Gardening Magazine) hosting an email campaign to plead for President Obama's intervention in the scheduled release of genetically modified alfalfa. If you value the very concept of organic, unmolested foods, then stopping GMO alfalfa from being released is imperative.

Alfalfa is the mainstay of most dairy animals as well as other creatures - anything that eats grass, hay or pellets - cows, sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, even guinea pigs and hamsters - are consumers of alfalfa to some degree. Genetically modified alfalfa presents a risk to our country's ENTIRE alfalfa supply, as it's pollen can easily be spread and contaminate neighboring organic/non-GMO alfalfa, as has been the case with GMO soy.

Montsanto's GMO products have a long and ugly history of destroying biological diversity and wiping out organic/non-gmo farms with their legal bullying. (Google "Montsanto" and note that the auto-fill result #2 is "Montsanto evil".)

I could rail on this topic for days, but will instead simply ask you to look into it for yourself and offer you some resources for doing so.

Movies (Most of which are available through Netflix, if not your local library.)

*Food Inc.
*The Botany of Desire
*Food Matters

Books (Some of these books are old favorites, some have come highly recommended and are on my library waiting list.)

*The Omnivore's Dilemma
*Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
*Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
*The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture


* Wikipedia's entry on GMO's A basic introduction to concept & process genetically modifying organisms.
*Organic Farming Research Foundation
*Non-GMO Project Information on third party certified, GMO-free products and information about the risks involved in growing and using GMO crops.
* Agricultural Giant Battles Small Farmers, CBS News
*OrganicConsumers.org A call to action against Montsanto and the Obama administration's green-lighting widespread use of GMO seed in agriculture, and to require "truth in labeling" of products produced with genetically modified plants and animals.

Here is Take Action's pre-written letter, including my additions (the last two paragraphs) below. If you are as impassioned about this matter as I am, I urge you to send your own letter and get the word out to other to please do the same.

Dear President Obama,

The USDA has approved Monsanto's Roundup Ready genetically engineered alfalfa. This is the wrong decision and will likely lead to wide spread contamination of other crops, including organic alfalfa. You have the power to stop this. I urge you to reject the USDA's approval of genetically engineered alfalfa.

I care about the integrity of the food I eat, and don't want organic and other non-genetically engineered crops to be contaminated by genetically engineered alfalfa. Please take immediate action to stop this approval.

Once this frightening genie is out of the bottle, there is no going back. Please don't let hard working, small organic farmers like me and my family down by forever tainting American alfalfa solely for the benefit of a corporation who has no one's interests at heart but their own.

I have faith that you will do the right thing and stop GMO alfalfa from being released. Please don't let us down!

Michelle Jackson,
Boggy Hollow Farm

SPEAK NOW and stop this irreversible agent from permanently altering another precious life form! Save your food!!!

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