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March 2, 2010

Organic Bytes is a newletter that informs and provides action alerts

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If you are truely concerned about home grown and organic food, this newletter is a great help. It alerts readers to threats to organic laws and provides email addresses and advice for action. This week it alerted readers that the Obama administration is trying to lift the ban on Monsanto's roundup ready alfalfa. As you may know, Monsanto genetically alters corn so that the plant will be able to withstand massive doses of Monsanto's Roundup. " Patented "Roundup Ready" genes are now spliced into millions of acres of corn, cotton, soy, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa. A 2009 study showed that, in 13 years, Roundup Ready crops increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds. This is very good business for Monsanto, but not so good for the environment.

During the Bush administration, the movement to stop GMOs was making progress. Reflecting public concern over GMOs, in 2007, a Federal court ruled that the Bush USDA's approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa violated the law because it failed to analyze risks such as the contamination of conventional and organic alfalfa and the development of "super-weeds." The court banned the planting of GM alfalfa until USDA completed a rigorous analysis of these impacts. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals twice affirmed the national ban on Roundup Ready alfalfa planting, but Monsanto is appealing. They're taking organic alfalfa farmers all the way to the Supreme Court!"

If this abuse of corporate power makes you angry, then in this website, you can take action to stop Monsanto.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 2, 2010 8:50 AM
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