From: Organic Valley
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 12:24 PM
Subject: Action Alert: Tell USDA NO on New Genetically Engineered Corn
February 3, 2009
February 3, 2009
Tell USDA "NO" on new untested genetically engineered corn
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has given preliminary approval to Event 98140 corn, the first of a new generation of pesticide-promoting, genetically engineered (GE) crops designed to survive spraying with multiple herbicides. This latest petition to deregulate a new, untested, and complex GE crop poses food safety, environmental, and agronomic concerns that were not adequately evaluated by the previous Administration's USDA. APHIS has failed to adequately address a range of health and environmental risks in its draft environmental assessment (EA), including novel food safety concerns, increased pesticide use and increased prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds.
To make matters worse, the USDA has limited the opportunity for public input, by only accepting comments until this Friday, February 6th!
Speak out now! Tell USDA to put the brakes on this approval, and prepare and publish a thorough Environmental Impact Statement before making a decision. Visit the Center for Food Safety's True Food Network at http://ga3.org/campaign/PioneerCorn TODAY to learn more and take action.
Thanks for all your support for family farmers and a sustainable future for all!
The Farmers and Staff of Organic Valley Family of Farms
This Farm Friends bulletin is a publication of: Organic Valley Family of Farms, One Organic Way, La Farge, WI http://www.organicvalley.coop/farm-friends/