USDA’s Monsanto poster boy Vilsack approved deregulated genetically modified (GM) Alfalfa today, January 27, 2011. This is a case precedent for the GM Sugar Beets case coming up next, as well as for all other biotech crops.
Here is a snip from the New York Times:
The agriculture secretary pulled back from a proposal that would have restricted the growing of genetically engineered alfalfa to protect organic farmers.
Pulled back on restricting GM Alfalfa? Vilsack and his Monsanto buddies in the USDA have absolutely no intentions of regulating ANY genetically modified crop. From the article:
The government has long argued that if the crops are determined to be safe, then prohibiting their cultivation or import just because consumers do not want them violates international trading rules.
Introducing restrictions based on economic consequences of pollen drift or consumer preferences would be unscientific, they said.
This is Codex Alimentarius in action. If the government determines that something is safe, then it is against the law to limit its cultivation or trade, even if a majority of the people do not want it! In other words, ‘you take what we give you and like it, because international trade trumps your ability to choose what you do or do not want. It is not up to you, it is up to us, Corp. USA, in collusion with the United Nations to decide what you get.’
But wait, there is more. I have long stated that I was suspect of the lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) regarding GM Alfalfa. Especially when that organization jumped for joy while declaring victory in the case when there was no victory.
So, while we scramble around desperately searching for someone to believe in, it appears that the Center for Food Safety’s lawsuit actually opened the door to complete deregulation of all biotech crops. The question is, was this an intentional consequence considering that this organization is funded by Rockefeller and Merck?
Can you see the saturation point coming? I can. What happens when organic crops are completely surrounded by GMO crops, and pesticide and gene drift are uncontrollable? Just how long will it take for the USDA to declare that even 100% Organic Certified food can contain a certain percentage of GMO and still be called 100% Organic? Do you trust the same people who completely deregulated GM Alfalfa to actually protect our organic food?
According to the Times article, Organic Certification would not be affected:
Although genetic engineering cannot be used in organic agriculture, an organic farmer would not lose certification under federal rules just because some genetically engineered pollen accidentally drifted onto the farmer’s field, just as the farmer would not lose certification if pesticide drifted in from a nearby field.
Let’s take a look at Germany to see what can and will happen unless something truly miraculous happens. According to GMO Compass:
(11 August 2009) The German Minister for Agriculture, Ilse Aigner (CDU), has presented a standardised logo for food products ‘without gene technology’.
However, that label is not what it appears to be. A little further down in the article it states that in order to obtain this certification, certain GM substances are allowed:
Certain applications of gene technology are permitted in animal-based food products such as milk, eggs or meat, which is cited by representatives of the food industry as the source of a “credibility problem.” Manufacturers do not use the ‘without gene technology’ tag for fear of losing customer trust if it were broadly known that products ‘without gene technology’ actually do not guarantee a general exclusion of gene technology.
Even in Germany, they are reaching a saturation point:
In the use of plant-based raw materials, traces of genetically modified plants and particularly of soy and maize cannot be ruled out with absolute certainty, even in the case that ‘gene-technology-free’ raw materials were purchased.
Hello Codex Alimentarius, goodbye freedom of choice. With a little sleight of hand trickery, “without gene technology” becomes “with only a little gene technology.” And who is the wiser? Surely not the people buying the food. So do you really think that the National Organics Program here in the USA, will be any different? If you do, I have some ocean-front property in Arizona that I’d like to sell you.
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson