Monday, March 14, 2011

Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm Speaking on Stopping Monsanto and Biotech

Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm
On January 30, 2011, the USDA announced a policy that supports the interests of Monsanto and big biotech over the interests of the health of the entire human population. This unconscionable policy will undoubtedly cause uncompensated repercussions to human health and organic farming, unless the people of the U.S. lift their voices against this policy.

Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, President and CE-Yo, Stonyfield Farm, speaking on stopping Monsanto and Biotech: "The problem with deregulating GE crops without restrictions is that the dangers of contamination are permanent and irreversible. Whereas Congress has enacted other legislation to correct and reverse past transgressions, for instance the Clean Air Act and clean water legislation, a hypothetical 'clean crop act' would never be able to undo the damage and losses caused by GE crops. Therefore the time to fight for these restrictions is now."

Re-read the above quote to realize the full impact of it. Then read the full article on the efforts conducted by the organic community against the unbelievable decision by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) to totally deregulate GE (genetically engineered) alfalfa. This decision is one of the most important changes ever to be made in our agricultural systems and will undoubtedly have massive, negative repercussions for the health of everyone in the U.S.

To stand with us in opposition of GE alfalfa, here's how you can help: Read this letter from Maria Rodale, Michael Pollan and other organic advocates. Here's an excerpt from this letter written February 1, 2011:
"In the coming months, we will be seeing USDA proposals to allow unrestricted plantings of GE sugar beets, and GE corn and soy crops designed to resist toxic pesticides, such as 2-4D and Dicamba, highly toxic pesticides that pose a serious threat to our health and the environment."

Let the White House know that you do not support the deregulation of GE alfalfa.