When I arrived at the USDA’s blog post entitled, “Agricultural Coexistence: Fostering Collaboration and Communication,” I was immediately disgusted. The USDA is in biotech’s pocket and doing their dirty work for them with this bunch of baloney: coexistence my foot. While the comment period on this subject has been expanded (yay!!!), it seems to me that the USDA has already made up it’s bureaucratic mind that non-GMO farmers will need to coexist with GMO farmers with no recourse for contamination. My policy is to comment and fight even though it seems as though it will do no good. Fight we must or non-GMO, open-pollinated and heirloom varieties of crops will be lost forever. We must fight.
USDA: We are looking to learn more about local voluntary solutions to coexistence challenges . . .
Here is where you go to post a comment. I highly recommend composing your comment in Microsoft Word or Open Office and either copying and pasting or uploading your file to the USDA. Be sure to not just copy and paste a comment recommended by an organization. Change some of the wording, include your own personal introduction and concerns, and then go ahead and post it.
The only coexistenting going on is GMO DNA contaminating non-GMO crops while Monsanto et al sues farmers for that contamination even when it was accidental or caused by some outside force (like seed spilling off of a truck onto a farmer’s land — yes, this happened, and that farmer lost his farm and his ancestor’s non-GMO seed stock forever). Hundreds of historical varieties of crops are lost forever as their DNA, when tested, contains GMO DNA. There is no coexistence possible. GMO crops must be completely contained or not grown at all. Period. Voluntary solutions to challenges? Here’s one: farmer’s say no to GMOs. Yep, that one works perfectly. Or any non-GMO crops found to be contaminated by GMO DNA sues and wins against Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, whoever produced the GMO seed AND the farmer who grew the crop that caused the contamination. That one works for me.
For more information, please visit the Organic Consumer Association’s webpage:
Tell the USDA: No ‘Coexistence’ with Monsanto!.
P.S. This blog post is completely and unapologetically biased against GMOs.