WIDESPREAD GMO CONTAMINATION: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?

May 8th, 2012

Published on Global Research.ca (first on Activist Post), by Cassandra Anderson and Anthony Gucciardi, May 4, 2012.

… Shocking Letter Reveals Monsanto’s Contamination Dates Back 2 Years Before Deregulation:

A letter from Cal/West Seeds shows that evidence of contamination was withheld and the USDA turned a blind eye to proof of contamination in 2005 which shows it was planted at least two years before it was initially deregulated in 2005. As you can see for yourself, the official letter states:   

We first discovered the unintended presence of the Roundup Ready gene in our conventional alfalfa seeds in 2005. It was identified in one of our foundation seed production lots grown in California. We tested the foundation seed lot priot to shipping it to a producer who intended to plant it for organic seed production.

In another telling segment, the author writes:

We detected the presence of the … Roundup Ready gene in both our foundation seed and certified seed prior to deregulation. In order to protect the safety of the individual, some further contents cannot be divulged. Remember in the past, those who have stood up against Monsanto have received anonymous death threats — in one case, the threats were directed towards a mother and her children.

This video documents the timeline of events that led to the deregulation of Monsanto & Forage Genetics’ GMO alfalfa that is contaminating natural alfalfa.

(See video, online or also on YouTube: How Monsanto Planted GMO Alfalfa Before Allowed by USDA, 6.06 min)

As the video explains, the lawyers representing the farmers against Monsanto failed to hold an evidentiary hearing so the injunction (ban) against planting GMO alfalfa was removed and the case was sent back to the lower district court. The lawyers pursued no further action on this case.

Contamination levels are still very low, but will undoubtedly increase over time with unexpected results (like superweeds), so stopping the further planting of GM plants like alfalfa is of high concern. Furthermore, it would set a precedent for banning other GMO perennial plants as well — a monumental move in the legislative fight against GMOs. This letter, compounded with the other evidence presented in this article, is paramount in displaying just how serious of an issue genetic contamination is. What’s more, the USDA appears to have known the entire time. It’s time to spread the word. (full text).

Link: Another articles by Anthony Gucciardi: GMO AND THE DEVASTATION OF BEE COLONIES – Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm, April 21, 2012.

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