USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack - Courtesy: USDA
Be clear about one thing: The current administration is about as “anti-organic” as you can get and don’t let Michelle Obama’s token organic garden (which wasn’t even organic since the soil was tested as very toxic) fool you.
Recent developments in Washington D.C. are nothing short of infuriating and disheartening for people who love organic food. Just within the past month, this has happened:
The FDA declared genetically-engineered salmon to be safe, and approval of this fish appears to be imminent.
This is an absolute disaster. Why? Well, there are many reasons and expect the flood-gates to open to other genetically-engineered animals. Cattle and pigs are sure to be next.
In the U.S., genetically-modified food does not have to be labeled as such. So, when you go to a market and order salmon, you will have no idea if what you are buying has been manipulated in a laboratory or not.
PLEASE send in your email protesting this.
On August 13, 2010, a federal judge ruled that the USDA could not approve the planting of genetically-engineered sugar beets after this specific date because the agency had failed to deliver an environmental review. The agency needs to prove that GE-sugar beets do not contaminate organic sugar beet farms and don’t cause superweeds.
Proving this will be very, very difficult because we know that GMO crops do cause superweeds and do contaminate similar organic crops. Read more »