Monday, February 7, 2011

Fuck Monsanto.

So apparently I have been living under a rock the last little while, because I just heard about the USDA's FULL deregulation of Monsanto's GE alfalfa.

The Center for Food Safety criticized the announcement today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will once again allow unlimited, nation-wide commercial planting of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers USDA acknowledged in its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). On a call today with stakeholders, Secretary Vilsack reiterated the concerns surrounding purity and access to non-GE seed, yet the Agency’s decision still places the entire burden for preventing contamination on non-GE farmers, with no protections for food producers, consumers and exporters.

“We’re disappointed with USDA’s decision and we will be back in court representing the interest of farmers, preservation of the environment, and consumer choice” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director for the Center for Food Safety. “USDA has become a rogue agency in its regulation of biotech crops and its decision to appease the few companies who seek to benefit from this technology comes despite increasing evidence that GE alfalfa will threaten the rights of farmers and consumers, as well as damage the environment.”

The rest of the article can be read here.


Not only that though, there are roomers abound that Wholefoods and other big organic companies are selling out on the issue.

Ugh. There is a petition targeting the US President and Secretary of Agriculture that you can sign here.




Hertha said...

This is just horrible. I agree with you, fuck them!

Medusae said...


"...the Agency’s decision still places the entire burden for preventing contamination on non-GE farmers"

PFF!!!! How are you supposed to stop nature from cross pollinating one crop to another?

Oh I know! We'll kill all the bees.
Now Monstanto's patent is protected!!!


nefaeria said...

Indeed! And the real kicker is that if the Monsanto plants are found in an "unauthorized" farmer's field they can and have been sued! There are of course a myriad of reasons why GMOs should be done away with, not least of which how they intrude with the lives of farmers!

Bek said...

Grr! Those shitcakes.

"In a move to benefit US exporters" we've been dealt our own blow over here...not quite as bad as yours - yet :(

In the article you linked, I like their description, USDA: sloppy and unscientific :D

jamie said...

I hate those evil Monsanto bastards, excuse my cussing!!! You can't take your eyes off them for a second. They've been splashing their money around over here getting GM potatoes and beets deregulated in the past couple of years. Think I'm going to do some internet searching to find out if they have any test sites near here, so the family and me can go down there and try tearing out their fucking crops. Futile maybe, but I'm thinking it's self defense. Thanks for the post, we've got to get the word out there that these bloody parasites are still pursuing their agenda.

nefaeria said...

Bek: Thanks for the link! We can count on the Brits at least to tell the truth on this issue!!!

Jamie: No need to excuse yourself over here! It is indeed self defense. I have seen footage of some Europeans doing that before {I can't remember what film nor which country}, but I respected them for doing it I know that direct action can be bloody scary, even when one is pissed off. I wish more of my countryfolk had such stones!