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Run for the Border

“The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.” – Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011

In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

Via: The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?


Green Chemistry

Here is a news story about the history of green chemistry in the US. Paul Anastas, new chief scientist and head of R&D at EPA, coined the term 20 years ago. The idea was to “design chemicals to be non-toxic from the start instead of having to regulate and clean up afterwards.” We need more of this kind of research that looks at the root of the problem rather than trying to fix the consequences…

Via Marketplace: EPA scientist advocates ‘green chemistry’