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Letter Shows Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval

Anthony Gucciardi and Cassandra Anderson
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Wednesday 2 May 2012
“The USDA may have turned a blind eye to the entire situation, allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops.”
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Did Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it was deregulated by the USDA? There is some shocking evidence that, until recently, was withheld from the public showing that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa may have been set free in 2003 — a full two years or more before it was deregulated in 2005. In a letter, obtained by NaturalSociety with permission to post for public viewing, it becomes clear that the USDA may have turned a blind eye to the entire situation, allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops.

Amazingly, the letter actually proves that the USDA was fully aware of the situation. In order to fully understand the intricate details of this event, it is first important to understand a few key factors regarding alfalfa and its connection to the entire food supply.

Alfalfa is a perennial plant that grows for more than 2 years and may not need to be replanted each year like annuals. Because it is a perennial plant, it is exceptionally vulnerable to contamination. Interestingly, the modified alfalfa — created by Monsanto in partner with a group known as Forage Genetics — was the first perennial plant to be deregulated for open planting by the USDA. But did Monsanto unleash the plant before this occurred?

This is very serious because it is only a matter of time before alfalfa across America could be corrupted with Monsanto’s patented genetically modified trait. Organic meat and dairy could be tainted when animals are fed the modified alfalfa as well, threatening the very integrity of the organic food supply. What’s more, the contamination of natural alfalfa could be nearly impossible — if not entirely impossible — to remedy, so it could actually fracture the genetic stability of the entire crop on a global scale.

Shocking Letter Reveals Monsanto’s Contamination Dates Back 2 Years Before Deregulation

A letter from Cal/West Seeds shows that evidence of contamination was withheld and the USDA turned a blind eye to proof of contamination in 2005 which shows it was planted at least two years before it was initially deregulated in 2005. As you can see for yourself, the official letter states:

We first discovered the unintended presence of the Roundup Ready gene in our conventional alfalfa seeds in 2005. It was identified in one of our foundation seed production lots grown in California. We tested the foundation seed lot priot to shipping it to a producer who intended to plant it for organic seed production.

In another telling segment, the author writes:

We detected the presence of the … Roundup Ready gene in both our foundation seed and certified seed prior to deregulation.

In order to protect the safety of the individual, some further contents cannot be divulged. Remember in the past, those who have stood up against Monsanto have received anonymous death threats — in one case, the threats were directed towards a mother and her children.

This video documents the timeline of events that led to the deregulation of Monsanto & Forage Genetics’ GMO alfalfa that is contaminating natural alfalfa. As the video explains, the lawyers representing the farmers against Monsanto failed to hold an evidentiary hearing so the injunction (ban) against planting GMO alfalfa was removed and the case was sent back to the lower district court. The lawyers pursued no further action on this case.

Contamination levels are still very low, but will undoubtedly increase over time with unexpected results (like superweeds), so stopping the further planting of GM plants like alfalfa is of high concern. Furthermore, it would set a precedent for banning other GMO perennial plants as well — a monumental move in the legislative fight against GMOs. This letter, compounded with the other evidence presented in this article, is paramount in displaying just how serious of an issue genetic contamination is. What’s more, the USDA appears to have known the entire time. It’s time to spread the word.

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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Also, the USDA IS Monsanto.

Also, the USDA IS Monsanto. Revolving door.

This cannot come as a

This cannot come as a surprise to anyone who has been following USDA (and other governemt agencies)policy for the past couple of decades. We, the people, are no longer in control nor are our needs and rights as citizens considered when big business' agendas are implemented. Those lawmakers and department heads involved need to be treated exactly as the war criminals were during the Nuremburg Trials; because that is what they are, criminals involved in decimating America's financial, industrial, and agricultural ability to sustain a viable democratic system. Greed and the lust for power are cancers eating us from within; I say that tounge in cheek as the majority of these companies are not owned by Americans, think about that...

What a state of affairs:

What a state of affairs: Monsanto commits one criminal act in collusion with USDA by planting GMO crops before they received approval;they then commit additional criminal acts by issuing death threats against potential whistle blowers. Maybe the only justice available against Monsanto is of the Old Testament, old style Mafioso type: take out a hit on Monsanto executives until they see the error of their ways and close down all operations and assign all their patent rights to a court of green justice!

The botanists at Monsanto

The botanists at Monsanto should know that legumes like alfalfa and soybeans are "promiscuous" and will cross breed with other legumes, including annoying weeds. Creating "Roundup-ready" GMO legumes is almost guaranteed to make superweeds that can't be killed with Roundup. These superweeds cancel out any claimed benefits from those GMOs, and those GMOs kill beneficial insects while also being toxic to people and other animals--plus the expense of buying, rather than saving seeds is bankrupting farmers around the world.

What is the upside of GMOs? Nothing, except mo' money for Monsanto, and the politicians they own.

USDA.... Universally Stupid

USDA.... Universally Stupid Dumb Asses..... it's the government, it's either a criminal or a cretin. Lets face it, if they were competent they would have a real job!

Monsanto owns the US Dept. of

Monsanto owns the US Dept. of Agriculture, paid good money for it, and knows well in advance what it will do because they provide the leadership there.

The regulated own the regulators, OR the Mafia owns the cops.

This just shows that Monsanto

This just shows that Monsanto is not afraid of us or USDA . That is because those who truly lead the Evil monsanto are the same ruling USDA and us, and other govmt. institutions. They make the rules and have the power and $. Our health and future does not matter to them, never did!Wake up, people!

Insane!! Makes me so

Insane!! Makes me so angry!!!

Thanks to Anthony for writing

Thanks to Anthony for writing this very important piece, which all-too-clearly shows our government agencies are becoming too anemic/corrupt to perform their intended functions. Perhaps more importantly, this story clearly makes an argument that shouldn't be necessary, but is: that government SHOULD function, and why. 8 years of Republican attacks on government oversight have left us all in danger. It's time to demand the Obama Administration stop trading our health and future as just another Corporate Welfare handout.

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