Last Thursday the USDA announced a policy that supports the interests of Monsanto and big biotech and deals a major blow to organic farming. They decided to “deregulate” Genetically Engineered (“GE”) alfalfa, meaning to allow its unrestricted use with no controls. The USDA had been considering two potential decisions on this issue — either full deregulation or deregulation with restrictions. The latter would have set rules to protect non-GE crops from contamination. In the months leading up to this decision, a coalition including leaders of Whole Foods, Organic Valley, myself and others had been working ceaselessly to fight for any and all alternatives to deregulation. I’ve personally spent days, nights, weekends and vacations as we worked right though the holidays along with our colleagues to try to prevent this chemical giant from denying the rights of farmers, consumers and organic foods supporters.
Read the rest of Gary Hirshberg’s story from the Huffington Post here.