Right now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with biotech lobbyists to finalise a plan so Monsanto’s GMO crops can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers’ crops at will. Even worse, the USDA’s new plan could force these farmers to pay for crop “contamination insurance” to protect themselves against unwanted contamination by Monsanto’s patented genetically engineered genes.
But organic farm supporters say GMO contamination needs USDA control. The USDA has been is taking public comments on a plan for "enhancing co-existence" of non-GMO and GMO crops. The public comment period ended on March 4.“Coexistence” really means: “Allow contamination of organics”.
"The hope of the industry is that over time the market is so flooded
that there's nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender."
In case you missed it, that You is organic farmers and the public!The new policy recommendations are the result of a special industry-controlled panel instigated by Secretary Vilsack in 2011 that sought to find “cooperation” between stakeholders to find a “solution” for the contamination of organic and non-GMO crops by genetically-engineered pollen from neighbouring fields.
The new policy recommendations are the result of a special industry-controlled panel instigated by Secretary Vilsack in 2011 that sought to find “cooperation” between stakeholders to find a “solution” for the contamination of organic and non-GMO crops by genetically-engineered pollen from neighbouring fields.
GMO seeds have been widely adopted in the 5 main commodity crops, with more than 90% adoption rates of genetically engineering in corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets, canola and GMO alfalfa. Therefore, the genetic contamination of neighboring farmers’ fields planted with organic and non-GMO crops is virtually guaranteed. Now, as new GMO crops are being approved, it’s only a matter of time before other organic crops are contaminated too.
Coexistence is a farce. No organic food is immune from GMO contamination.
Despite claims by Monsanto and the USDA, nobody can overrule the laws of biology and dictate how plants reproduce. Patented GMO pollen is spread by wind, insects, birds and animals and no matter how much Monsanto denies it, their GMO crops will contaminate and destroy the integrity of farmers’ organic and non-GMO crops.
1. “Agricultural Coexistence: Fostering Collaboration and Communication”, USDA APHIS, November 6, 2013 -- http://action. fooddemocracynow.org/go/1217? t=12&akid=1174.874344.IApUb3
2. “Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture" -- http://action. fooddemocracynow.org/go/1218? t=14&akid=1174.874344.IApUb3
3. “GMO Agricultural ‘Coexistence’ Rule COEXISTENCE ≠ GMO CONTAMINATION PREVENTION”, Environmental Food and Justice, February 9, 2014-- http://action. fooddemocracynow.org/go/1219? t=16&akid=1174.874344.IApUb3