Stop Roundup Ready Alfalfa

The USDA has just released its first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a genetically modified (GM) crop―Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa. Given that GM crops create permanent, self-propagating genetic contamination and that Roundup Ready crops lead to the application of millions more pounds of the herbicide Roundup, we would hope that the USDA would employ rigorous scientific analysis using the most up-to-date data and methods. Alas, we are sorely disappointed.

USDA Ignores Sound Science 

Sections of the EIS addressing gene flow, herbicide use, glyphosate-resistant weeds, and other issues are critically flawed due to reliance on defective studies, obsolete data, and flawed assumptions, among other deficiencies.

Although they finally acknowledge for the first time that GM contamination of organic and conventionally grown crops presents a huge problem in the US, the remedies they are considering are insufficient to protect these farmers.

Furthermore, the USDA turns a blind eye to the massive damage that the overspraying of Roundup is inflicting on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. We are facing a perfect storm of Roundup-based problems, including the promotion of more than 40 plant diseases, elimination of enormous amounts of vital nutrients from our food and feed supply, widespread animal disorders, and Roundup’s links to cancer, endocrine disruption, and birth defects (see Roundup Backgrounder).

The EIS, which was required by a federal court after they declared that the USDA’s earlier approval of GM alfalfa was illegal (see Alfalfa Legal Backgrounder) falls woefully short of proving that this crop is safe and appropriate. We call on everyone to urge USDA to adopt a moratorium on the planting of GE alfalfa.

Tell US Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack that the science doesn’t support the agency’s proposed measures to prevent GMO contamination or justify the addition of more Roundup on our fields and in our food.  The only way to fully protect farmers, consumers, and the environment is to deny approval of GM alfalfa and adopt a moratorium.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.,
Washington, DC 20250