I posted this as a comment to my “Monsanto Rider” post, but I thought it deserved a post of its own.
I contacted my state senator, Pat Toomey, about the Monsanto Rider. I received a response which read, in part:
As you may know, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Department of Agriculture completed an environmental impact statement regarding the potential effects of genetically modified alfalfa on December 23, 2010. This review concluded that certain herbicide resistant Alfalfa is unlikely to pose a risk to wild or domesticated crops and wildlife. As a result of this conclusion, APHIS announced its decision to grant nonregulated status to this species of alfalfa on January 27, 2011. Currently, no legislation regarding APHIS’s decision on genetically modified alfalfa is pending before Congress.
SO… it is apparent to me that GMO plants are being “released into the wild” with very little fanfare, very little public input, and very LITTLE REGULATION, apparently as a matter of routine. Does anyone else find this strange?
I mean, I can no longer sell fresh eggs directly from my farm without being regulated. I cannot transport a rabbit across state lines without being regulated. But some new and very poorly understood technology with unknown and unintended consquences can be introduced DIRECTLY INTO THE BIOSPHERE, and we’re so cavalier that we grant the Frankenplant “unregulated status.” read that again… UNREGULATED STATUS.
Of all the things that that the USDA SHOULD regulate, I would think that Genetically modified ANYTHING would be at the top of the list. What happens if our beloved spotted owl (remember him?) eats a mouse that ate GMO alfalfa, and we find out it affects the spotted owl? What if the GMO alfalfa cross pollinates with all the other Alfalfa out there, and we find out that now all of our Alfalfa, if consumed by animals or humans, causes infertility? Anemia? Cancer (specifically leukemia)? Auto immune disorders?
If you think this is some type of “hysterical reaction” it only means you don’t understand the processes of genetics, genetic manipulation, protein synthesis, metabolism, carbohydrate absorption, and foreign body reactions very well.