Organic Producers: Tell the USDA you don’t want GMO Alfalfa

In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready alfalfa.  The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GM alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the plant on the environment, farmers, and the public in a rigorous analysis known as an environmental impact statement (or EIS). USDA released its draft EIS on December 14, 2009.  A 60-day comment period is now open until February 16, 2010. This is the first time the USDA has done this type of analysis for any GM crop.  Therefore, the final decision will have broad implications for all GM crops.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE USDA RECEIVES AS MANY COMMENTS AS POSSIBLE. Submitting one of the letters below will probably take 10 minutes or less, and is critical to preserving the integrity of organic dairy in the United States. Please take action, and spread the word!

Click here to download a PDF letter template drafted from the perspective of an ORGANIC PRODUCER.

Click here to download PDF letter template drafted from the perspective of an ORGANIC PRODUCER enrolled in the NON-GMO PROJECT.

Click here to download PDF letter template drafted from the perspective of a NATURAL PRODUCER enrolled in the NON-GMO PROJECT.

If you would like a Word version of either letter, for easier personalization, please just contact us and we will send you one right away. It is a good idea to edit this letter to include any personal details about your company’s challenges with GMO contamination. Please also be sure to sign the letter with your name, title, and affiliation.

Comments are due February 16, 2010. For written, mailed comments please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044.

Comments can also be filed online at: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480a6b7a1

* If you would like to submit comment as a consumer, please go to http://ga3.org/campaign/alfalfaEIS