Stop GE Crop Field Trials

USDA has once again failed to protect farmers and the food supply from GE crop contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late last week that unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat was found contaminating an Oregon farmer’s field.  The GE wheat, known as Roundup Ready, was developed by the Monsanto Company to withstand direct application of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide.

This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue. 

Congress needs to investigate how this occurred and determine the prevalence of contamination.  Until then, USDA, at a minimum, should immediately place a moratorium on open-air field testing of genetically engineered crops.

As we’ve warned for over a decade, GE crops simply can’t be controlled once they’re released into the environment.
The fact is that environmental contamination is inevitable when companies like Monsanto are allowed to experiment with nature and our food supply.

Sadly, this is not the first case of experimental GE crops escaping from field trials. Past transgenic contamination episodes involving GE corn and GE rice triggered over $1 billion in losses and economic hardship to farmers. Already Japan and South Korea have suspended imports of U.S. wheat because if this contamination.
 
USDA has a terrible track record overseeing these field trials. With your support, CFS has sued USDA over past field trial failures in Hawaii and Oregon—and won. We’ve even forced USDA to publicly admit new field trial contamination incidents, like this one, that they otherwise tried to keep secret.
 
Even the USDA’s own Inspector General issued a scathing report detailing numerous violations of agency rules in regulating genetically engineered crop field trials.  USDA officials did not know the locations of many field trials it was charged with regulating, and did not conduct required inspections of others.

How many times does this have to happen before we finally put a stop to these risky GE field trials?

Tell Congress, President Obama and the USDA to stop all open-air field trials of GE crops!

Subject: Stop GE Field Trials

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