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Bev Baker says ...
I do NOT agree with co-existence. NON EXISTENCE of GM Alfalfa is the only option. Studies have shown that the pollen from these GM crops can blow for miles. Organic farms are not safe when we allow GM Alfalfa into the environment, anytime, anywhere. I hope that Whole Foods and the other posters on this article will change their minds and tell Secretary Vislack that we don't want GM Alfalfa without long term, total animal and human studies by an unbiased third party (and not one that the USDA or the biotech firms choose or one that has any ties to any agency of government or Congressman). How about we get Arpad Pusztai to do the study?! Please read the article by Jeffrey M. Smith on the herbicide RoundUp, and near the end of the article are a few paragraphs about GE Alfalfa. NO CO-EXISTENCE! http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/664
01/21/2011 4:01:03 PM CST
Susan Harrison says ...
I do not see any reason to compromise. I want a full ban on genetically modified foods! Where do we draw the line?
01/21/2011 4:03:32 PM CST
Terri says ...
Sorry, but I have a zero-tolerance for GMO's. Coexistence? The USDA says full regulation is not an option? No wonder considering all the pro-biotech people on the board. Still, do we just settle for that, or does WF use it's considerable influence to fully inform the public and to urge full regulation? A loud enough outcry and they might have to take it seriously - or if not, at least then take the second best option. But at least they will know now strongly consumers are against it. I applaud the three issues you believe coexistence should include, but what makes you think the USDA would adopt them? Personally, I'm not betting on it. And, say this coexistence actually worked (though I believe Roundup-Ready anything and Monsanto should be banned from the planet!), how would consumers know which were GMO free unless they buy organic? I do, but not everyone can or does. Will they be allowing labeling now? I love WF and I respect your thought on this, but there are some things that we should not coexist with. If anyone would like to take a stronger stance, please also visit the Institute For Responsible Technology's website. There is an action alert where you can send a letter to Secretary Visack, plus a lot more information and ways to take meaningful action against GMO's. http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5161
01/21/2011 4:10:40 PM CST
Terri says ...
Sorry. Apparently I was posting while Bev Baker was. I could have said - um, what Bev said. :)
01/21/2011 4:15:28 PM CST
Dionne says ...
Here is what I sent my Congressman...if you don't think you have time to write to yours, but you agree with me, please feel free to cut and paste: Regarding the USDA's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa, I beseech you to support Americans' right to choose what kind of food we eat. Genetically modified seeds should NOT be allowed to be planted indiscriminately. There are so many documented hazards associated with GE foods, and many more as yet unknown. Here is a site with link to a host of reports from the FDA on the matter: http://biointegrity.org/list.html The practice of manipulating the DNA of plants and organisms is reaching an alarming level. Most recently there are reports of scientists infusing the DNA of strawberries with the genes of Arctic fish so that the fruit will resist freezes! This is absurd. This is unhealthy. This is an affront to nature and the Creator. No matter what your stance on the scientific merit of DNA modification of our food, you MUST stand up for the right of Americans to decide for themselves whether they want to eat this mutant food. YOU MUST. You MUST stand up against the will of Monsanto, for the benefit of us all. Farmers must be allowed to grow natural and organic food as nature intended. If GE/GMO foods are to exist, then COEXISTENCE with natural and organic options is the only viable answer. (Although ideally, you and your colleagues would put a halt to the growth of modified plants and animals all together.) Please stand up for the health and freedom of Americans by voting AGAINST the complete deregulation of GE alfalfa and other modified foods. Thank you. ------- Stand UP. Be heard.
01/21/2011 4:41:59 PM CST
debbie says ...
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01/21/2011 4:45:13 PM CST
Phyllis Maureen says ...
I Say NO to GMO. Period. As much as I love corn on the cob, papayas, etc. I'm afraid to eat them anymore. Scared. Ban GMO's Period
01/21/2011 4:49:54 PM CST
debbie Jumatate says ...
This is preposterous! We shall have the right to decide if we are to consume chemicals, hormones, and poisons in/on our foods.
01/21/2011 4:50:26 PM CST
Sandy says ...
So then Send them an email i did. Send Many. There are lots of petitions already online at the petition site.org
01/21/2011 4:59:52 PM CST
Chris Howard says ...
I agree that GE crops should be stopped completely, but in the real world, I guess all that we can hope for is some middle ground. The thing that really gets me is, they are so worried about the extra weight that we might carry, the life-style we live, the amount of exercise we get, but they have no problem with the quality of the broccoli we eat, as long as we eat it. Faster, cheaper, more profitable is where their hearts are, not healthier or sustainable practices- they take too much time... money...
01/21/2011 5:00:00 PM CST
Deanna Meske says ...
HI, if you could type up a short form letter so we can paste it into the form on www.congress.org, that would be much easier and more people would reach out and do the emailing and calling. We have to Keep It Simple so others can speak out. Thanks, Deanna
01/21/2011 5:21:01 PM CST
Carolyn says ...
Just wrote to my congressman. Thank you for the alert.
01/21/2011 5:23:12 PM CST
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
Josee Roy says ...
What do you recommend to do as a Canadian? I support any non-GMO action! out with bully Monsanto!
01/21/2011 10:09:48 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
Liz says ...
I think it's so sad how our society wants cheap food but spends its good money on entertainment. People complain about spending 10 bucks on a organic chicken that will feed their whole family but easily spend $20 on a movie, popcorn and soda. If the demAnd for cheap food wasn't there the GM food wouldn't either. People that care go to these websites and educate themselves and all the comments are preaching to the choir. My congressman is for it and I can write him over and over and I get the form letter back. People think I am crazy whn I start talking about and want to ignore the problem our govt has allowed to go on in this country.
01/22/2011 6:43:16 AM CST

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