Earlier this year when the Obama administration approved Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa for planting they set off a firestorm of criticism from farmers and citizens across the country. Many felt betrayed by the administration as the approval came despite the fact that more than 200,000 American farmers and citizens submitted public comments requesting that the U.S. government deny the approval and the fact that 93% of the alfalfa hay grown in the U.S. does not use any herbicides at all, making this Roundup Ready crop unnecessary to most farmers.
Subsequent to this decision, more information came to the attention of the public when it became known that internationally-recognized plant pathologist, Dr. Don Huber, had written a letter to Secretary Vilsack. Dr. Huber asked him to delay his decision on Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa and provide support for further scientific study in light of evidence that he and a team of other scientists had discovered a link between Roundup Ready crops, massive crop failures and spontaneous abortions and infertility in mammals.
When Dr. Huber sat down for a taped interview with Food Democracy Now! in March, he detailed his grave concerns about the discovery of an unidentified organism associated with these problems farmers were seeing in their fields and livestock herds. His question to Secretary Vilsack and the USDA was: "What's the urgency?" Why add to the problem by approving more Roundup Ready crops when we have serious problems needing further scientific research, he asked.
All Dr. Huber asked for was a little more time and some assistance from the federal authorities to help complete a number of the studies that were urgently needed to help protect farmers, their animals and the public.
Click on the link below to join Dr. Huber in the call to halt the further sale and planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa until more independent science can be conducted.
Now, the first planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa has been put in the ground across the country and conventional non-GMO and organic farmers face the real threat of genetic contamination and the major loss of economic income that those crops bring to their farms. Experts predict that in less than 5 years, there will be no organic or conventional alfalfa left in America.
Not heeding Dr. Huber's warning could spell disaster for organics, the economic well being of farmers and potentially the health of the American people.
Click on the link below to automatically add your name to the letter to tell President Obama and Secretary Vilsack to halt the sale and planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa until more independent science can be conducted.
Please join more than 40,000 Food Democracy Now! members who have already added their voice to this letter. If we can get 50,000 co-signers, we’ll fly out to DC ourselves and deliver the letter. We’ll show Secretary Vilsack photos of affected plants and livestock, and ask him directly how he can justify letting planting go ahead while these serious questions are unanswered.
And if we can raise just $2,000 for travel, we'll deliver your signatures directly to the USDA, and take a farmer and a scientist with us to explain the serious concerns regarding plant diseases and livestock infertility associated with Roundup Ready corn and soybeans that have already caused farmers serious economic harm.
Pitch in $25 here to help deliver your message to Washington DC:
Please join us in telling the administration and the USDA to halt the sale and planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa immediately until independent scientific research can be completed. Let this administration know that we demand that they determine the safety of genetic engineering of our food before we eat it and feed it our families.
We are committed to this fight now, more than ever - please join us. Together, our voices will create the future we deserve.
Thank you for participating in food democracy-
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! Team