Coexistence. It sounds like a good idea. Cooperative. Peaceful. But for organic farmers and non-GMO farmers, co-existence with Monsanto is a lopsided proposition.
Wherever GMOs grow, nearby non-GMO crops are at risk of contamination. And so far, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has failed to provide real solutions, or real compensation, for organic and non-GMO farmers who lose their crops, their organic certification or their livelihoods when the seeds and pollen from GMO crops “accidentally” drift into their fields.
In 2011, the USDA formed a committee to study what it can do to “promote the broad adoption of local, voluntary solutions aimed at facilitating coexistence” between genetically modified crops and organic/non-GMO crops. The USDA’s best idea so far? Force organic farmers to buy crop insurance.
According to a recent USDA report, in 2013, about half—169 million acres—of land in the U.S. used for crops were planted in GMO crops (mostly corn, cotton and soybeans). If you think we should protect the other half, please send your comments to the USDA before midnight March 4 (2014).
DEADLINE MARCH 4: TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA: No ‘Coexistence’ with Monsanto!