On January 27, the Obama Administration made the damaging decision to approve the unrestricted cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. This means GE alfalfa can be planted without any federal requirements to prevent contamination of organic and non-GE crops. It also means that GE alfalfa does not have to be labeled, making it difficult for consumers to identify and avoid. This decision, to support big business at the expense of individual choice, sets a precedent for future deregulation of GE crops although genetic engineering has not been conclusively proven safe. Don't stand by while well-funded and well-connected biotechnology interests are given the power to eliminate marketplace choice. Demand that President Obama protect your right to choose products free of genetic engineering!
- President of the United States
I am outraged that despite a critical opportunity to protect the nation’s consumers and farmers, your Administration instead decided to allow GE crops to continue to proliferate unchecked in the marketplace.
Your Administration allowed the biotech industry to essentially purchase the unrestricted use of yet another GE crop by buying the subjective science behind it.
This damaging decision, under your leadership, to permit commercial planting of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa was made at the expense of agricultural diversity, farmer livelihoods, and my ability to choose.
There are compelling scientific and economic reasons to question why Americans should put all of our eggs in the biotech basket. The unconditional release of GE crops threatens farmers and consumers who seek to avoid seeds and food containing these substances. But instead you relied on Monsanto’s research alone to evaluate if my family and the environment are at risk.
The government’s own Environmental Impact Statement for GE Alfalfa revealed that the crop will increase the use of toxic weed killers. There is no justification for ignoring science that shows that genetic engineering results in the increased use of toxic and persistent pesticides, leads to the growth of superweeds, and puts food security at risk.
Since GE it is not currently labeled or tracked in our food supply, it is impossible to conduct long-term studies on the link between GE and human health problems.
I want to be able to choose whether the foods I eat contain genetically engineered ingredients. When it comes to GE crops in America, I will vote for choice both at the grocery store and at the polls in 2012.
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