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PostSubject: Organic farmers fear spread of genetically altered alfalfa   Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:08 am

Organic farmers fear spread of genetically altered alfalfa


Wisconsin is a long way from the Pacific Northwest, but Coon Valley farmer Jim Munsch worries that genetically engineered alfalfa grown there could contaminate his farm and harm his organic beef business.Alfalfa is used for livestock feed. Almost all of the seed comes from a concentration of growers in states such as Montana and Washington.Munsch worries that genetically engineered alfalfa, called Roundup Ready, threatens to contaminate alfalfa seed farms in the Northwest and ruin traditional strains of the ubiquitous crop nationwide.

Other Wisconsin farmers worry that cross-pollination could occur in their own backyard if genetically engineered alfalfa spreads from field to field.

Either event could be very harmful for the fast-growing organic food industry nationwide. It could scare away customers who pay premiums for food that's raised naturally without the use of biotechnology.

"If I were forced to feed a genetically modified crop to my animals, it would violate the trust I have with my customers," Munsch said. "They have formed opinions about what they will and won't eat. And one of those opinions is that anything genetically modified is not
appropriate" in the food chain.


I wholeheartedly agree!
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PostSubject: Re: Organic farmers fear spread of genetically altered alfalfa   Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:01 pm

I had a feeling looking at the quote this had to do with Monsanto.

I swear those guys are pure evil Mad
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