Tell the USDA: No ‘Coexistence’ with Monsanto!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to know what you think. The agency is seeking public comments (deadline extended to March 4, 2014) on what it can do to “promote the broad adoption of local, voluntary solutions aimed at facilitating coexistence” between genetically modified crops and organic/non-GMO crops.
We’ve got an easy answer for them and we’ve said it all before: Voluntary solutions? No! Coexistence with Monsanto? Hell no!
Please sign the petition and add your own message before the comment period closes on March 4.
It should be a crime for seed companies like Monsanto to release genetically engineered crops into the environment, knowing that they will inevitably contaminate organic/non-GMO crops. Prevention of contamination should be the seed companies’ responsibility. And it should be mandatory. There are no “voluntary solutions” to the fact that genetically engineered crops will eventually destroy organic/non-GMO crops.
But there are two mandatory rules that work very well to prevent genetic contamination: GMO labels and GMO-free zones.
More than 60 countries have mandatory GMO labels that let consumers opt out of Monsanto’s involuntary human feeding trials. More than 40 countries, (including the U.S.) have regions, some countrywide and some local, that are GMO-free zones that let farmers protect themselves from contamination.
The USDA needs to tell the truth. There is no such thing as “coexistence.” As long as GMOs aren’t safety-tested, aren’t regulated and aren’t labeled, we face, in the words of a federal judge’s warning to the USDA, the “potential elimination of a farmer’s choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer’s choice to eat non-genetically engineered food.”
Please sign the petition and add your own comment before March 4.