Environmental impact studies show that Genetically Engineered Alfalfa likely to contaminate natural alfalfa
“Despite a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement requirement, WHICH FOUND THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTAMINATION OF OUR FIELDS, the USDA has deregulated genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa.
Following 2005-2007, the alfalfa seed production firms of Dairyland and Cal/West seeds reported a number of instances where GT (glyphosate-tolerant) transgene presence was detected in non-GT alfalfa seed production fields in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and California. In 2006, Dairyland farmers reported 11 of 16 fields contained detectable levels of GT transgene; 9 fields in Montana and single fields in each Wyoming and Idaho.
Last year, Cal/West found the GM crop in 12 percent of 200 fields where it planted non-GM alfalfa seed.
As farmers of the nation’s #1 high-nutrition forage crop for livestock, we have known for generations what makes the American farm economy run― and it’s not genetic experimentation by seed patent companies.