by Cassandra Anderson and Anthony Gucciardi
May 4, 2012
Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it
was deregulated by
There is some shocking evidence that, until recently, was withheld
from the public showing that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa
may have been set free in 2003 - a full two years or more before it
was deregulated in 2005.
In a letter, obtained by NaturalSociety
with permission to post for public viewing, it becomes clear that
the USDA may have turned a blind eye to the entire situation,
allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops.
Amazingly, the letter actually suggests that the USDA was fully
aware of the situation.
In order to fully understand the intricate
details of this event, it is first important to understand a few key
factors regarding alfalfa and its connection to the entire food
Alfalfa is a perennial plant that grows for more than 2 years and
may not need to be replanted each year like annuals. Because it is a
perennial plant, it is exceptionally vulnerable to contamination.
Interestingly, the modified alfalfa - created by Monsanto in partner
with a group known as Forage Genetics - was the first perennial
plant to be deregulated for open planting by the USDA.
But did Monsanto unleash the plant
before this occurred?
This is very serious because it is only a matter of time before
alfalfa across America could be corrupted with Monsanto’s patented
genetically modified trait. Organic meat and dairy could be tainted
when animals are fed the modified alfalfa as well, threatening the
very integrity of the organic food supply.
What’s more, the contamination of
natural alfalfa could be nearly impossible - if not entirely
impossible - to remedy, so it could actually fracture the genetic
stability of the entire crop on a global scale.
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 prior 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:
How Monsanto Planted GMO Alfalfa Before Allowed
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
stopping the further planting of GM plants like alfalfa is of high
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.