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Donna Mazzitelli says ...
I agree with many of the earlier comments--absolutely NO on coexistence. There must be zero tolerance of GE crops. It's not a question of whether GE crops will contaminate non-GE and organic crops, but rather a question of how soon. This could be the end of organic dairy farms, along with the further demise of bees, monarch butterflies, and more. The proposal of coexistence is a way to pacify the unsuspecting public. And which corporations are receiving paybacks from Monsanto by going along with this scheme? As consumers, we must cast our votes to stop GE alfalfa from being planted this spring or ever! For those who want to STOP GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ALFALFA, go to http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/ and take action TODAY!
01/21/2011 5:26:10 PM CST
Monica Dewart says ...
I WROTE TO MY CONGRESSMAN. Here is a cut/paste: Sir, I write concerning the issue of genetically engineered food crops and the growing concern of the impact of these mutations upon the food supply, human health, and the environment. Genetically altered species have already crossed with natural species, representing a biological impact of unknown proportions. And, as the altered genes travel up the food chain, who is to say what unintended consequences may result? Once the mutant DNA of these food crops enters the ecosystem, the genes can never be recalled! And, as the domino effect of mutation continues, fewer and fewer remaining natural organisms exist within the food chain that are not contaminated by the mutant genes. Because the public has been kept deliberately in the dark, the marketplace has become flooded with genetically engineered foodstuffs. But, while the cause may have slipped past us, the effect has not! As we have begun to see the catastrophic disaster GMO's create (on a multitude of levels - agricultural, economic, environmental and human health,) there is now a growing public outcry that these genetic mutations be put to a stop. If the USDA has their way with GMO alfalfa (as it has with every other atrocity it has unleashed upon us,) it will be grown in every pasture and grazing field in America. Once this occurs, we will never again have access to clean, healthy, organic dairy products, grass-fed beef and lamb, etc. Millions of Americans rely on these products for their health and that of their families. This choice is being taken from us, without our knowledge or consent, as has already occurred with corn, cotton, wheat, canola, soy, sugar beets, etc. Nearly every packaged consumer good now contains engineered genes. The consumer is not ever educated as to whether the product they are purchasing contains these genetic mutations (not surprising. As one official put it, it would be like putting a skull and crossbones on the label.) They are not given the option of purchasing a non-genetically engineered product, unless they are willing to intentionally seek one out. (And how would they know that they must, since the truth is deliberately withheld from them?) Many do not know this threat to their lives and health even exists, right on the dinner plate they rely on. With the recent enactment of the blasphemously named "food safety" laws, the backyard organic gardener becomes an enemy of the state, while his only crime is that of protecting the health of his family. Organic foods consumers and gardeners are not criminals, nor are they terrorists, sir. They are people choosing common sense and authentic food safety over genetic abomination. Please do not let another opportunity to put a stop to this impending disaster slip by! While what has already be released is unable to be recalled, we can stop any future release of GMO's. Such an opportunity presents itself now, with the impending release of GM alfalfa. If the USDA is given their way, the option for organic, uncontaminated beef, dairy products, etc, will not exist. But they must! They must be permitted, at a minimum, to co-exist, since the recall of the aberrant genes is not biologically possible. I beg of you, in the name of all that is decent and sane, do not allow the USDA to continue unrestrained! Please use the voice you have been given by your constituents to truly represent what is in the best interests of all. Protect our health, our lives, our fields and pastures, our food supply, and ultimately the world. Thank you.
01/21/2011 5:49:26 PM CST
Don Patterson says ...
Coexistence is unworkable. Yesterday, I sent the following message to President Obama and Secretary Vilsack: “Recently, Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, made a surprisingly faulty assertion about the GMO issue. He said everyone has to tolerate some contamination in virtually everything. He said he wanted people to be realistic, and he was promoting coexistence between organic and GM farmers much the same as Secretary Vilsack and Monsanto do. He compared GMO contamination to rat dung contamination and other dirt. ”Of course, we all carry levels of pollutants in our bodies, and when those levels grow high enough, health troubles like cancer and cardio-vascular disease can be caused. The point is that GMO contamination is entirely different from other kinds of pollution. When the gene pool becomes contaminated it has different implications from other kinds of pollution that have long been managed under the motto saying “the solution to pollution is dilution.” With gene contamination, there can be no dilution argument, because the agent of the pollution is self propagating with unknown and unstudied consequences. Failure to recognize the difference is to be a fool, or so corrupt in promoting unbridled pursuit of profit as to tolerate moral blindness and ignore the importance of scientific analysis. Either way, a charge of criminal negligence is warranted, not just for public officials and companies but also for others who prominently support them in their folly.“ Now Whole Foods wants us to join Vilsack, Monsanto, and Johnson in the criminally negligent coexistence folly. Actually, Whole Foods was already on board with this insanity. Inform yourselves. Releasing GM alfalfa is far worse than any other crops because it is perennial, does spread wildly, and is pollinated by bees with a five mile travel radius. Articles are available on this subject, but here is a summary: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/664 This is Jeffrey Smith’s Report on Professor Huber’s Work at Purdue.
01/21/2011 5:53:45 PM CST
vaporland says ...
Coexistence is going to be a disaster. I agree 100% with everything Don Patterson said. What is the penalty for contamination that results in damage to others and the environment? Who will be liable? Is the farmer using GMO seed liable? Who will ultimately pay the costs to mitigate the inevitable damage? I sense another 'capitalize the profits, socialize the damage' scenario playing out. With genetics, once the genie is out of the bottle, there's no stuffing hm back in. This will make bank bailouts look like weekend beer money.
01/21/2011 6:37:36 PM CST
Judy says ...
GMO's are another way for Big AG to dominate our food source. They represent corporate greed.(Monsanto, come on) Organic farmers represent the people who care about the land, our environment, and the people who choose a better higher quality food source for their family. Please do open another door for Big AG! They are steeped to deep in Washington already. Our Organic Farmers need our support. This is far to important to ignore. You are what you eat ! So Eat organic !
01/21/2011 6:58:59 PM CST
Paula says ...
I believe that any United States farmer has a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from others’ GE crops—and that consumers have a right to make the choice to buy non-GE products.
01/21/2011 7:05:46 PM CST
Judy Fremerman says ...
I am very concerned about the spread of G.E. crops and the widespread use of pestcides. It is killing the bees, which are vital to our fruit trees and other crops. Also G.E. foods should be labelled as such as is required of other ingredients in our food. Thank you, Judy Fremerman
01/21/2011 7:06:13 PM CST
RobertWhitford says ...
I am not hopeful for organic food in the future, as that evil food CZAR" Monsanto "controls the worlds food sources, and sells suicide seeds to third world countries. But it's all about Greed isn't it.
01/21/2011 7:17:55 PM CST
Seaneen says ...
I wrote to my Congresswoman - but it would have been a lot easier with a form letter. More people would take the time to respond. I almost gave it up, then guilt made me follow thru. I fashioned this one via copy and paste: Dear [Congressperson]: Please contact House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to express support for USDA Secretary Vilsack’s COEXISTENCE plan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to announce its decision on deregulating genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. Alfalfa is the main food for dairy cows, beef cattle and honey bees. I believe organic and non-GE farmers have a right to grow foods without fear of contamination from genetically engineered crops. I want the choice to buy organic and non-GE products. The COEXISTENCE option means the USDA would place restrictions on growing genetically engineered alfalfa to limit contamination of organic and non-GE crops. Thank you,
01/22/2011 12:16:51 AM CST
Helen says ...
Why do we have to co-exist with GE??? Why do they have the right to tamper with our food chain, and we are supposedly unable to defend ourselves or our food. NO GE ALFALFA AT ALL. Watch Food inc, again people, GE crops spread everywhere and then monsanto comes along and ruins farmers when they find some of the GE crop growing 'illegally' in their fields!!!
01/22/2011 3:03:46 AM CST
Kiyoko Hairston says ...
you guys should create a form letter and that way people can quickly sign it. that is what some others are doing. it is much faster. they are also doing these letters in such a way that you can have them emailed to several people at a time. just something to consider.
01/22/2011 6:22:43 AM CST
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

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