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Monsanto’s GM alfalfa contaminates Washington crops

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Activist Post

An eastern Washington field has been contaminated with Roundup Ready alfalfa, the state Ag Department confirmed on Friday. The farmer reports he did not plant it, nor wants it.

Of course we knew this was going to happen. Alfalfa seeds are only 2mm in size and can spread for miles on the wind alone. The Oregon crew who sabotaged the GM beet fields in June didn’t go far enough.

Alfalfa is planted on 17 million acres in the US and earns over $8 billion a year, reports Reuters, adding:

Exports of hay, including alfalfa, have been rising, hitting a record $1.25 billion in 2012, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Washington state is one of the largest producers of alfalfa for export.

Alfalfa is the most common forage used for grazing, and the organic meat and dairy industries are dependent on GMO-free hay.

Not only the organic industry, but biotech’s inability to contain their product is also economically sabotaging export farmers who use chemicals, but not GM seeds.

If we don’t stop the federal government from favoring the “death tech” industry (as Vandana Shiva calls it), all our food will be genetically modified, whether they label it or not, whether we like it or not.

When Bayer’s GM rice contaminated a third of all US rice in 2006, no regulator stopped them: not the USDA, the EPA nor even the judicial system.

“Regulators” are “still investigating” the GM wheat contamination in Oregon last May. The $8 billion wheat export business took a hit this year, and will likely suffer next year, thanks to another act of economic sabotage, the blame for which falls squarely on Monsanto, the company that brought us Agent Orange.

But, throwing money at the problem won’t fix it: Federal “regulators” and the biotech industry are contaminating all natural crops, whether we like it or not. This problem will not go away without serious intervention, because they do not want it to: this is the plan. The GM experiment started here, and contamination is worse here than anywhere else.

“Regulators” have allowed GM crops to be planted in our wildlife refuges. Our refuges! The source of vast biodiversity, where pollinators caught a break from all the chemical farms. No more. Biotech’s nasty chemicals see to that. Oh, sure, we won a partial victory back in 2011, when the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) agreed to yank GM plants from 11 Northeast states. In 2012, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, et al. got two dozen Southeastern refuges to be GM-free. The same plaintiffs just filed suit last month, again against the FWS, for allowing GM crops in refuges in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota.

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Washington state alfalfa crop may be contaminated with genetic modification

Farmer in Washington state reports his alfalfa shipment was rejected after testing positive for genetic modification

A healthy crop of mature alfalfa ready for cutting in North Carolina

A healthy crop of mature alfalfa ready for cutting in North Carolina. Photo: Alamy

Authorities were investigating a new suspected case of crop contamination on Thursday – the second in the Pacific north-west in five months – after samples of hay tested positive for genetically modified traits.

The investigation was ordered after a farmer in Washington state reported that his alfalfa shipments had been rejected for export after testing positive for genetic modification. Results were expected as early as Friday.

If confirmed, it would be the second known case of GM contamination in a major American crop since May, when university scientists confirmed the presence of a banned GM wheat growing in a farmer’s field in Oregon.

The suspected outbreak comes in the run-up to a ballot measure in Washington state that would require mandatory labelling of all GM foods.

Alfalfa is America’s fourth largest crop, behind corn, wheat and soybeans, and the main feedstock for the dairy industry. A confirmed case of contamination could hurt the organic dairy industry, which is now worth $26bn a year, forcing farmers to find new sources of GM-free feed. It could also hurt a growing export industry. Alfalfa is increasingly sold for export but buyers, such as Japan, do not want GM products.

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How  anyone can  continue to  make  excuses and give this   administration the  benefit  of t he  doubt  after  these measures are  approved  and put into play  is beyond me.  The  excuse is  always 

he is  one  man   

he  does  not have the  power  to  do it  all. 

He is  not  responsible, 

it  was  Bush’s  mess

The  GOP did  it

The  GOP  will not  cooperate

Well  newsflash  for all you  folks  that  seem to  still be living in  La La Land……..  this is   the  second  term for  this  administration  those  excuses  are  getting  old  and  tired and  frankly ridiculous.    Look  around  people their  accomplishments  are equivalent  if  not worse  to that of  the   GOP, you so  vocally complain  about. 

I know  those of  you in love  with the  idealism  that  was  sold to you  will never   ever  look  up  from that  hole   you  live in  surrounding  yourself  with  all those  sound bites  and   eloquent  speeches  that  mean  absolutely  nothing.  You  have  closed yourself  off and  deafened yourself  to the  realities  of those  words that  have  turned  into worthless  rhetoric and  dust.  Unfortunately  for us  we  will have  to  suffer  with you  for your  lack of vision and  understanding.  Our  children  will suffer  alongside  yours while  we  listen to your deluded  excuses and  deranged plans  for a  better  future .  A  future  that  is  being  destroyed as  we  speak.  Stolen  from  us as  they  poison  our  water  and  food and  allow  the  corporations  to destroy  our health  with  impunity.

Aided  by the   war  mongering  lunatics  that  sit  opposite  them.  All looking  out  for their  bottom line guaranteed  by the  corporations  they empower.  Sitting  in their seats  of  power believing themsleves  to be  above  reproach and  the  law.  Forgetting the constituents  they are supposed  to  represent.  Those  whose  voices  they are  supposed  to  defend.  They  have convinced  themselves  of their  own  grandeur.  They  betray  the  Constitution  they swore to  defend.  Their   oaths  hollow and  meaningless,  falling on  deaf  ears , called  to  task  by none.   While an endless  battle is  waged  between  two sides of the  same  coin .  A  coin tossed forth to  pay  for the  same agenda.   A people  betrayed and enslaved  by the  lust  for  power and wealth, while some  cheer “Yes We Can” and  “Forward”!  Marching us  into the  abyss of the  unknown.  The backbone of a  country once straight and  strong  now  bent  and weary  with the  weight of its  burden.  Once  wealthy and powerful she now knows  hunger and lack.  Lost  and  confused grasping to  retrieve what  was  lost always  just  beyond  her  reach , always taunting her as it  dissolves into  nothingness before  her very  eyes.

 One  wonders  which  will deal the  final  blow  to  finally bring America  to    it’s  knees!  With  nary a  whimper of  protest to stay  it’s  course…….

~Desert Rose~

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Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket

Rollback in Nuclear Radiation Cleanup

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Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket Following Radiological Incidents

by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication as soon as today, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, the radiation guides (called Protective Action Guides or PAGs) allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These guides govern evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, food restrictions and other actions following a wide range of “radiological emergencies.” The Obama administration blocked a version of these PAGs from going into effect during its first days in office. The version given approval late last Friday is substantially similar to those proposed under Bush but duck some of the most controversial aspects:

In soil, the PAGs allow long-term public exposure to radiation in amounts as high as 2,000 millirems. This would, in effect, increase a longstanding 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period;

  • In water, the PAGs punt on an exact new standard and EPA “continues to seek input on this.” But the thrust of the PAGs is to give on-site authorities much greater “flexibility” in setting aside established limits; and

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