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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.
Even worse, if the USDA’s new AC21 guidelines are adopted, organic farmers may lose the right to sue Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and the biotech bullies for economic loses resulting from GMO contamination of their organic crops!
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Today we got an Action Alert from the Organic Farming Research Foundation letting us know that the comment period is ending soon that affects protections for organic farmers. USDA is asking for feedback on the recommendations for improving the effectiveness of coexistence which were developed by its Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and Twenty-First Century Agriculture (AC21).
As background in case you are not familiar, “Organic Farming Research Foundation aims to foster and improve the widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policy that brings more farmers and acreage into organic production. Founded in 1990, OFRF is a leading champion of American organic family farmers.”
OFRF feels the final recommendations fall short of what is needed to protect organic crops and the legal rights of organic farmers. According to the message today, “The AC21 recommendations rely upon voluntary outreach and education efforts which do not place responsibility where it belongs–on the businesses and farmers who intentionally introduce GMO crops into the environment.”
Farmers and consumers deserve better! We couldn’t agree more!
We are inserting the link at the bottom of this post that will take you to the comment information collection website and hope you will take the time to write and make your voice heard. It is important to emphasize the following points:
- USDA’s focus must be on preventing, not managing, genetic contamination.
- It is unethical for seed companies to market and farmers to plant seed varieties when they know that the pollen from those crops will drift and adversely affect neighboring crops.
- Contamination of organic and non-GMO crops with genetic material that originates from farms is not inevitable and should not be acceptable.
- Those who benefit from planting the GMO crops, including the seed companies who sell them and the farmers who raise them must be responsible for preventing contamination.
- Reject the AC21 compensation proposal. Farmers who raise organic and non-GMO crops deserve recourse from the economic damages they suffer from unwanted GMO contamination.
- The responsibility for compensation when genetic contamination occurs must reside with the seed companies and farmers who seek to benefit from planting the applicable GMO varieties.
- Farmers and consumers deserve protection against GMO contamination.
- USDA should listen to demands of innumerable farmers and consumers for alternatives to GMO agriculture and the chronic contamination it entails.
- USDA must establish coexistence policies which respect the rights of farmers to protect the genetic integrity of their farms and connect with consumers who share similar values and beliefs.
Here is the original report: Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture, dated November 19, 2012.
The Cornucopia Institute also put out a call and have some helpful guidelines for commenting. The comment period for this action closes March 4, 2014. Please register comments from your household today. Up until last evening, just 1,179 comments have been received. We must do better. Your voice counts!
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