3 New GMO Crops Approved

By Julie Sews - 9:32:00 PM

1. Monsanto's Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa - Jan. 27th, 2011 was approved even though 93% of alfalfa hay grown in the U.S. does not use herbicides and that contamination with conventional, non-GMO and organic alfalfa threatens the organic meat and dairy farmers.
2. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO sugar beets - Feb. 4, 2011 Defying a court order to complete a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the USDA announced that it is giving a “partial” approval of Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets, giving farmers and seed dealers the signal that final approval is right around the corner. By the time the EIS is expected to be complete, sometime in May, farmers will have already started planting their crop for the next year since the USDA says it gave the green light to avert a “sugar shortage” in the U.S. Sugar beets comprise some 54% of U.S. sugar.
3. Syngenta’s Enogen Alpha-Amylase Corn for Ethanol - Feb 11, 2011 This new GMO amylase corn product contains an enzyme that claims to allows an increase in ethanol production with a reduction of natural gas and water usage, saving ethanol plants money. While caving to the biotech and ethanol industries, the Obama administration basically ignored the concerns of this new industrial corn cross-pollinating with or  accidentally being mixed with corn used to make food products, it could lead to crumbly corn chips, soggy cereal and a host of other food processing disasters.  I don't know about you but that's not something I want to eat!

How many more will get passed?  Will all crops be GMO soon?  Why are GMO's concerning?  GMO seeds are designed to grow plants that resist dying from the neurotoxins contained in Roundup.  So farmers using GMO seeds can now essentially double, triple or quadruple the amount of pesticide they normally dump on crops without killing it. The increased pesticide residue, however, remains on the foods that wind up on your dinner table.  Around 90 percent of the corn produced in the US is genetically modified. And GMO soybeans account for almost 95 percent of production. So, if you're eating non-organic corn or soybeans in the United States, you're eating GMO corn that's been drenched in Roundup.

What is concerning is of course GMO is not being labeled, and organic crops can now be contaminated by GMO seeds.  As shown in the documentary Food INC, when a crop is contaminated with GMO seed Monsanto has a pattern of suing small farmers for patent infringement.  What will this do to nearby organic crops?  I personally am concerned that we will no longer have a choice not to allow GMOs into our bodies.  We should have a right to choose what goes into our bodies.  

I think this is a serious public health issue everyone needs to know about, so tell your friends and......
Act now and tell President Obama that you're outraged by these recent decisions and care about how your food is produced and what it’s in it and that it’s time to put the health and safety of farmers and America’s consumers over corporate profits.

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