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carolyn says ...
From your article, "There are rigorous standards in place for USDA-certified organics." There are also rigorous scientific standards in place for USDA deregulation of biotech crops!!
01/22/2011 7:21:00 AM CST
Alicia Kanary says ...
How very sad. Should electronic petitions have been created and allowed to be electronically signed from this website, and issued to individual representatives, mass support would have been easily documented.
01/22/2011 8:20:52 AM CST
Donald Morse says ...
Please help in getting the government out of our food. Support organicly raised products and non genetically engineered foods.
01/22/2011 8:47:26 AM CST
Mieander says ...
I don't know why we stop with GMO crops. All crops grown now have been modified beyond recognition from their wild type species. If genetically modified crops are bad for us, why are crops modified in more traditional ways better for us? Shouldn't we be trying to bet back to unaltered crops and wild type species?
01/22/2011 9:55:42 AM CST
dwain allan young says ...
Actions such as GE crops will force the US to be weaker in the global market. But do you think monsanto cares about that? It really looks as though not in my opinion. Fight to stop this action. Organic and NON-GE farmers need to be included in this debate.
01/22/2011 10:33:13 AM CST
Denis says ...
This is probably one of the important issues of our time. Our government and large agrobusiness is trying to move forward and use us as Guinea Pigs with unproven technology for their profit. We have to do our part to stop this for us and future generations!
01/22/2011 12:05:35 PM CST
Douglas Reeves says ...
I do not want products that have GM material in them. And the thought that a farmer who wants to plant a GM crop will containment a non GM farmers crop appalls me.
01/22/2011 12:23:44 PM CST
allie molinda says ...
In my heart I believe that the GE alfalfa should be fully regulated, but it seems more likely that conditional regulation would pass. I'll take what I can get.
01/22/2011 12:23:55 PM CST
chris says ...
Think og all the ge foods u eat know it takes a normal farmer a year to grow a chicken to9 ar 10 pounds clasic chicken rasie 40 thousand in 8 weeks ...
01/22/2011 12:58:28 PM CST
Rabea says ...
Are you kidding?!! I just made a choice not to shop at Whole Foods. You've pushed me past my tipping point.
01/22/2011 2:14:18 PM CST
Sandra Faut says ...
I would like to see all GE foods banned but since this is not likely, the compromise will have to do. Thank you for alerting me to the the USDA's possible action. I wrote and told them I want to be able to continue to TRUST the food I buy. I specifically look for organic and non-GE. I hope Whole Foods continues to speak up and to inform us. Thank you.
01/22/2011 3:32:49 PM CST
Mark says ...
The USDA even considering messing around with our organic foods/farming is beyond appalling. Genetic engineering is power gone crazed. We have to many individuals in power thinking they know what's best for all, and they do not. Now it seems to be that we have to choose the lesser of two evils since they(science) has bullied it's way into people's lives without permission, as they always do. We risk permanent change in all our food as it is, especially if we choose the deregulation of GE food production. Natural/organic food is the only alternative. Let's wipe out the entire genetic engineering concept all together. This is best!
01/22/2011 4:04:27 PM CST
Jessie says ...
Thank you so much for posting this. Although we consider ourselves to be healthy eaters, making organic choices as much as possible, we have only come to realize the GE food crisis in the last few days. Aside from what we want for the health of our family, we think the general public should have a better understanding of the relationship between our government and our food supply. It's good to know that the USDA is pushing further investigations before more crops are contaminated.
01/22/2011 4:10:56 PM CST
Barbara says ...
I saw a movie a while ago about what Monsanto did to farmers that tried to protect thier seeds. It was a ruthless move and they hurt many farmers with litigation, using their power, wealth and influence to win the cases. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! We need to stand together and stop this kind of power that hurts US ultimately. Above it states: Fully regulate it (non-production; USDA has indicated this is not an option it would pursue) Why wont the USDA pursue this? Has anyone looked at the connections in the government and the board of Monsanto? It is so frustrating to be just one small person that knows whats happening and be so powerless over a company that cares more about profit then health. Please stand up for conditional deregulation, it isn't the best option, full regulations would be, however one small step toward protecting our organic products is better then nothing.
01/22/2011 7:03:15 PM CST
Gary D. says ...
Billion dollar corporations (MONSANTO) with the support of the U.S. GOVERNMENT is a no win situation. Coexistence is a "foot in the door" for MONSANTO to push for complete deregulation of alfalfa. Only in America.
01/22/2011 7:42:46 PM CST
bob forkish says ...
Link below = more info: https://secure3.convio.net/cfs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=353 Center for Food Safety needs our help to present fact and preserve Organic!
01/22/2011 11:40:48 PM CST
Deborah Waddell says ...
As an American Citizen, I and everyone else in this country should have the unalienable right to decide what I/we put into our bodies. Give people the choice and based on that choice see what the people choose and then go from there! The White House has an organic garden, if they won't eat GE foods why we the rest of the country be forced to eat it because it's not labeled. I only buy organic and eat a plant based diet, but some people can't do that, so at least give them the choice by labeling things that are genetically alter and give people the choice. I thought that was what this country is based on, the Freedom to choose.
01/23/2011 6:48:08 AM CST
margie lisiecki says ...
I support organically grown produce/food and non-GE crops. Please consider the health of our children and grand children.
01/23/2011 11:03:22 AM CST
Kim says ...
Whole Foods is apparently part of this Scam! It is true, they sell GMO's in their store. So think logically. Why else would they want all of us to cry out and vote coexistence? What Beth Braun said is true. So definatly call all all these agencies but tell them you are against all GMO's! And you will settle for nothing else! No coexistence!!!!
01/23/2011 11:38:54 AM CST
Russell Williams says ...
Who would have thought that Whole Foods, a company I greatly respected until now, would turn into an activist arm of Greenpeace. This is one of the most disgusting tactics I have ever had the misfortune of being target by. Not only does the information presented here seriously mislead the consumer, but it provides an open forum for the most ridiculous assertions that can be made about a completely safe technology. First off, there is zero, and i mean zero credible scientific data that genetically modified alfalfa, or any gmo for that mater causes any harm to the environment or the health of humans. The links sited here are nothing but biased assertions by anti-gmo activists who have their own money generating agenda. The anti gmo agenda is nothing but a psudo corporate scam designed evoke consumer fears in order to fund a dangerously progressive political agenda. Whole Foods should be ashamed of themselves. To use their consumers to further an unscientific bias against a safe and effective technology is the epitome of crony capitalism. They are using their unscientific and subjective bias against gmo's to protect their business model, which in and of itself is based on furthering the consumer misperception that the USDA organic label is something that it is not. The USDA organic labor does not and was never intended to provide for a zero tolerance of gmo's. The standard is a process based standard which requires farmers to certify that they do not use the technology. Any notion that the USDA label is in jeopardy because of GMO's is an outright lie. I am a farmer in Texas and our operation has used biotechnology from the very beginning. Since that time, we have modified our operation to take advantage of the benefits provided by e technology. We use far less pesticide, have far less land erosion, use water much more efficiently and provide greater quality and quantity of food for our growing population. What Whole Foods is doing here is putting family farms all over the country in jeopardy and they are doing it based on their need to continue to profit from misleading their consumers. There was a time when i loved going in Whole Foods. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the cafe and the artisanal foods that are unique to them. While I may be only one voice, I will never patron this establishment again and will be contacting all of my family and friends to follow me. It is truly a sad day in this world when a company will go to such lengths to profit. Whole Foods, you are a dishonorable company who is putting my livelihood in jeopardy and I hope that your new foray info retailer activism backfires. May God have mercy on your lying black souls.
01/24/2011 8:36:14 AM CST
Nicole says ...
Whole Foods, it would be really nice to have a sample letter to send. Not all of us are good at this sort of thing.
01/24/2011 12:24:55 PM CST
Sarina l. Mirsk says ...
ABSOLUTELY...we as consumers must have the right to decide what we will put in our's & our childrens bodies & what we want to purchase. We are responsible for how we take care of ourself & that is our right...no one can dictate or refuse us this choice...
01/24/2011 12:58:17 PM CST
Kathy Zurolo says ...
Farmers most definately should have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from others’ GE crops, and consumers have a right to make the choice to buy non-GE products.
01/24/2011 1:47:11 PM CST
Jdy says ...
NO to any GMO products. Put Monsanto out of businesses...PLEASE!!!
01/24/2011 3:10:26 PM CST
Scott Smith says ...
This story seems to be grossly distorted. The issue here is not about regulating or not regulating GMO alfalfa. The KEY point here is what USDA Secretary Vilsack argues is necessary for everyone, that organic farmers must accept and tolerate "coexistence" with genetically modified crops/seed. The problem with this concept is that the compromise is born exclusively by organic farmers and the entire population. Once Genetically modified crops are released into the wild they cannot EVER BE RECALLED. Despite what the alfalfa farmers say regarding harvest practices and how this mitigates pollen propagation, the issue still boils down to GMO assaulting the environment, neighboring fields and the food supply. Regulation of GMO Alfalfa, at this time, is about the USDA defining a coexistence framework. To support regulation is to support releasing more genetically engineered crops into our already over-GMO'd food supply. Most people aren't even aware that we've been under assault by GMO for 17 years. How about most soy, corn, canola and cotton seed oil grown in the US is genetically engineered?! These industrial foods stuffs are broken-down into ingredients and incorporated into almost every processed food. Another GMO is just another feather in Monsanto's black hat.
01/24/2011 3:16:59 PM CST

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