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Coexistence Depends on Neighbors

Capital Press wrote an editorial for their February 10 edition about the recent USDA decisions on alfalfa and sugar beets. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has spent the past several months playing Solomon, seeking to split the difference between farmers who want to grow Roundup Ready alfalfa and organic growers who say the crop puts their livelihood at risk.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently completed a court-ordered environmental impact statement on Roundup Read More >

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Let’s Restart the Green Revolution

The Wall Street Journal ran another editorial related to the coexistence issue, this one on the heels of last week’s USDA announcement to deregulate biotech alfalfa, and the pending announcement on sugar beets:  FEBRUARY 2, 2011 By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR. Food prices are up, and output and productivity is falling behind. Not enough attention is being placed on regulation-induced stagnation. The U.N.’s food price index has hit an all-time high. Food price hikes are widely Read More >

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BIO Applauds USDA Decision to Deregulate Biotech Alfalfa

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced January 27th that it will fully deregulate a variety of biotech alfalfa (so called “Roundup Ready” or “RR” alfalfa, which is genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyophosate).   This decision comes after a comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS)conducted by USDA analyzed the potential environmental impact of RR alfalfa, and concluded that it is safe and does not represent a plant pest risk.   Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Read More >

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Congressional Leaders Warn USDA on GE Alfalfa Proposal

U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the department to return to a science based regulatory system for agriculture biotechnology and to deregulate without conditions genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. In the letter, the members point out that while science strongly supports the safety of GE alfalfa, USDA’s actions politicize the regulatory process and could Read More >

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“Nuisance Litigation” Threatens Farmer Progress

John Block, former Secretary of Agriculture and now Senior Policy Advisor for Olsson, Frank, and Weeda, released a radio commentary late last week dealing with USDA’s proposed “compromise” on alfalfa deregulation in effort to achieve enhanced coexistence among farmers:   Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the Renewable Fuels Association, Wal-Mart Stores, Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm Read More >

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