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USDA Deregulates Yet Another New GMO Crop

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GMO Corn Ethanol Biofuel Plant In the span of just three weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture () has decided to deregulate three new crops, despite opposition from legions of concerned scientists, farmers and consumers.

First, the USDA lifted all restrictions on Roundup Ready alfalfa, a primary livestock feed crop. Next, they decided to allow farmers to plant Roundup Ready sugar beets, in the name of preventing a U.S. sugar shortage. And now, they’ve given farmers the go-ahead to plant a type of designed to yield more ethanol for biofuel production.

Of all of the reasons that the USDA has given for allowing these GMO crops to be planted, increasing biofuel production (and thereby decreasing our dependence on foreign oil) seems the most likely to be valid. Unfortunately, however, things are not always as they seem, especially when it comes to the motivations behind certain regulatory agencies’ decisions.

There are at least a couple of MAJOR flaws with this plan. Firstly, there is the fact that growing and processing corn for ethanol requires more fuel than it produces! And secondly, there is the fact that contamination of non-GMO corn crops (and whatever long-term ecological consequences this may bring about) will be unavoidable. Scientists say that the proliferation of corn engineered for ethanol production threatens to destroy the integrity of corn crops grown for food.

So why does the USDA continue to make decisions about that defy scientific evidence and the wishes of the majority of Americans? Here’s an overview of the situation from our friends at the Alliance for Natural Health USA.


This article is republished with permission from the USA, February 15, 2011. Go straight to the source.


Now USDA Has Deregulated Genetically Engineered Biofuel Corn!

February 15, 2011 – This threat to edible corn comes on top of GE alfalfa (a major, major threat to organic agriculture) and GE sugar beets. Please take action on this vital issue.

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would deregulate a type of industrial corn genetically engineered to produce an enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar, which would increase efficiency in making ethanol. The agency concluded the crop does not pose a plant risk.

For once, natural health advocates are voicing the same concerns as the corn industry. The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

Five major US trade associations whose member companies process and export corn and corn products agree. They say the product — if inadvertently commingled with general commodity corn at even very low levels — will have significant adverse effects on food product quality and performance.

Fears about the genetic contamination of corn echo concerns about Monsanto’s mutant alfalfa — that it will likely destroy organic alfalfa altogether because the crop is so invasive and its seeds are so easily spread by the wind. The danger of contamination of non-genetically altered species is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.” Organic alfalfa, in turn, is essential for organic meat production.

In an article at TruthOut, reporter Mike Ludwig noted that House Committee on Agriculture members pressed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa and reject the proposal to geographically isolate it from traditional alfalfa. Upon learning that the USDA had fully deregulated the genetically engineered grain, committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site OpenSecrets.org. Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugar beets, and now biofuel  corn — what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. If you have not done so already, please see our recent Action Alert on alfalfa, which now includes both biofuel corn and sugar beets, and send your message to Congress and to President Obama today!


This article is republished with permission from the Alliance for Natural Health USA, February 15, 2011. Go straight to the source.



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