Monsanto's GE Alfalfa Will Winging It's Way Into Canada Soon

Honeybee pollinating alfalfa flower

The United States said on Thursday farmers could proceed with planting genetically altered alfalfa without any of the restrictions that opponents say are crucial to protect organic and conventional farm fields from contamination. Because GMO products are not allowed in USDA-certified foods, it could become all but impossible to produce organic milk and meat in many areas unless organic farmers switch to less desirable sources of forage.

The USDA did no real assessment of the harm that GE alfalfa could do, and caved to pressure from big agribusiness to approve this genetically engineered crop before the spring planting season. Alfalfa is pollinated by bees and other insects, its pollen can be carried by them for five miles. Insects and wind aren't routinely stopped by Canada Customs so Canadian crops will be contaminated quickly too.

Monsanto's GE alfalfa is 'Roundup Ready'. That means it can survive massive doses of the herbicide glyphosate, but the competitor 'weeds' can't, at least until they have mutated and become resistant-which they do. Roundup-resistant super weeds require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed. It's a vicious circle designed to enrich Monsanto's shareholders at our expense. Soon Monsanto's lawyers will be suing, Percy Schmeiser like, every alfalfa farmer in North America.

Consumers detest GMO foods, a GMO label is equal to a skull and crossbones, yet our governments and all major political parties in Canada and the US refuse to pass legislation demanding honest labeling because they are in the pocket of the hated corporations that produce the crap. Democracy is a myth, we live in a greedocracy, our governments are totally corrupted by money, GE alfalfa is the tip of the iceberg.

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network is leading the fight here in Canada to stop the proliferation of GMO contamination. Their online campaign to 'Take Action In Support Bill C-37' is well intentioned but probably cathartic at best. The only real protection we could ever have from these corporate criminals is honest labeling. Don't hold your breath.

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