Now USDA Has Deregulated Genetically Engineered Bio-Fuel Corn!

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Corn BiofuelThis threat to edible corn comes on top of GE alfalfa (a major, major threat to organic agriculture) and GE sugarbeets. Please take action on this vital issue.

Last Friday, the US Department of Agriculture announced it would deregulate a type of industrial corn genetically engineered to produce an enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar, which would increase efficiency in making ethanol. The agency concluded the crop does not pose a plant risk.

For once, natural health advocates are voicing the same concerns as the corn industry. The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

Five major US trade associations whose member companies process and export corn and corn products agree. They say the product—if inadvertently commingled with general commodity corn at even very low levels—will have significant adverse effects on food product quality and performance.

Fears about the genetic contamination of corn echo concerns about Monsanto’s mutant alfalfa—that it will likely destroy organic alfalfa altogether because the crop is so invasive and its seeds are so easily spread by the wind. The danger of contamination of non-genetically altered species is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.” Organic alfalfa, in turn, is essential for organic meat production.

In an article at TruthOut, reporter Mike Ludwig noted that House Committee on Agriculture members pressed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa and reject the proposal to geographically isolate it from traditional alfalfa. Upon learning that the USDA had fully deregulated the genetically engineered grain, committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site OpenSecrets.org. Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel  corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. If you have not done so already, please see our recent Action Alert on alfalfa, which now includes both bio-fuel corn and sugarbeets, and send your message to the USDA, Congress and to President Obama today!

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  • Regina DeFalco Lippert

    I vote NO! on the deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, corn and any other crop, especially since there is NO WAY to prevent them from contaminating regular crops, and especially organically grown crops!

  • George Ordal

    These lectin-containing crops are dangerous to human health. From this point of view insect metabolism is so similar to our own. Extensive experimentation on a number of different humans need to be done to avoid jeopardizing people.

  • Christine Blake

    Amazing the government will just sell our heltha away to any stupid corporation wh pays them enough. Pathentic

  • Christine Blake

    Amazing the government will just sell our health away to any stupid corporation wh pays them enough. Pathentic

  • Gary Ray

    Natural health advocates are voicing the same concerns as the corn industry. The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

  • Jackie Hannahs

    There are many of us who want to eat organic foods. Bio-Fuel corn will contaminate the food grade corn. This will affect quality!! Why are you doing this?????

  • janet bernson

    Shall we become Sheeple…led to slaughter by Monsanto and their ilk? NO! Genetically modified seeds undermine the very nature of NATURE. We must choose now to nurture Nature, using biologically friendly forms of agriculture.

  • doris bet

    STOP, STOP, STOP the deregulation of genetically engineered foods!! The heath of a nation is at stake.

  • http://www.akronpeaceproject.org Zach Freidhof

    I whole-heartedly opposed GE “foods.” This is destroying the local farmer, and making organic a joke. We breed out the nutrients of these foods so that they’ll stay on a shelf longer, which is out right absurd. If this passes, I hope that people take to the streets in protest.

  • Miss Lyn

    What is wrong with the USDA and our food supply? Why does the government give in to GE/GMO food. I refuse to eat Frankenfood. Government should be for the people to ensure healthy, organic food. Stop giving in to Monsanto and big agribusiness! Our government is killing us slowly, USDA and FDA all for corporations. Get rid of the people who has ever worked for or has ties to Monsanto. Get rid of Clarence Thomas.

  • Joyce Raby

    The USDA is selling out to big business. They are doing so at the detriment of the health and welfare of the American people. Big companies have money, and money has become more important than people. This is very shameful for this country. People are more important that big business.

  • Catherine Johnson

    Deregulation of GE Bio-fuel Corn or of any GE plants at all puts our entire ecosystem at high risk! Please have some foresight.

  • Donnal Poppe

    I am so update that USDA has allowed 3 products of engineered food products into our food chain. this so impacts organice produce and farming that Monsanto has been allowed these approvals is dangerous.

  • Dorothy Joan Studenic

    Please think of the health of our country. Healthy people don’t use doctors, medicine and insurance as much!!! If that isn’t a savings that benefits the whole country——what is? Health care takes the biggest bite out of the countries budget than all the rest.

    Since money is the driving force before humanity. This is once Congress CAN make a difference and help balance the budget to boot.

  • Edward Adams

    The Deregulated Genetically Engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn is a threat to our food supply and poses risks our organic food industry. Yep, let’s put our trust into science like we did for trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, NutraSweet, ect. Trust us, these products are good for you!

  • http://www.OrganicHairDesign.com vesta elliott

    This is outrageous!!! We are no longer a Democracy, the USA is a Corporatocracy!!! This proves that money is the only thing that the United States cares about. We cannot eat money!!! I am sad for my child to grow up in a place with no regards whatsoever for our environmental/ecological future!!!! The USDA is antiquated in its thinking and at this rate we will always be behind the rest of the civilized countries.

  • ROBERTA SEBASTIAN

    NO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD – FOR ANIMALS OR HUMANS – YOU ARE SO GREEDY AND BUSY, DESTROYING MOTHER EARTH AND HER CREATURES – WAKE UP TO THE REALITY OF THE DANGERS WITH WHICH YOU ARE TOYING – GREED IS AN INSIDIOUS AND EVIL MASTER

  • http://www.vitalhealthbooks.com David Richard

    I am distraught and outraged by the lack of oversight that Congress and the government agencies have towards this technology. What world will we leave for our children and our children’s children? These industry funded decisions have real consequences and will likely wreak havoc with our ecology, which in the final say, will wreak havoc upon our already greatly weakened economy. We need to develop long-range, time-tested solutions to our agricultural problems — not apply vested interest science that fails the objective standards of any serious scientific scrutiny. This decision is an example of poor government, poor science, and poor ecology — all to make a business or two rich — in the very short term. And perhaps the short term is all the time we have left to avert a global tragedy!

  • http://veganbitebybite.com Marilyn Peterson

    Stop poisoning our food supply. We have the right to eat in a healthy way, the way nature intended out food to be. As a citizen of the U.S. I strongly protest to what is being done to our food supply.
    Stop this madness of artificially creating these GMO foods. Thank you.

  • Glenn Donze

    One cannot help but wonder if the infusions of cash by huge agra into the political scene will eventually cause the overall degradation of our food supply and result in the catatrophic decline in our health already underway.
    Doesn’t common sense (and history) dictate that “improving” on nature has almost always had adverse effects?

  • Stephen Dzuba

    Stop the deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and bio-fuel corn! And fire Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

  • Albert Krauss

    I am going on record in this public place as identifying the right wing and industry corrupted Republican members of congress who have “engineered” this USDA regulatory coup, a subversive (old language) or terrorist (the updated term) group, and as such, they should be targeted by the conscientious members of our population for political annihilation. Read that carefully: the modifier is POLITICAL.

  • http://yahoo William Links

    this must be stopped. all these GE crops are a threat to all of us and our health.

  • Jan

    Perhaps we all ought to band together and bring a lawsuit against the USDA for contaminating our environment and food supply!

  • Maureen Bowers

    Deregulating GE biofuel corn is not in the best interests of the farmser, the consumers or food safety. Reverse this action now.

  • Geralyn Leannah

    Please work to reverse the disastrous decision made by the USDA to deregulate Monsanto’s use of Round Up.

  • Tim Hayes

    You’re selling out the Earth’s future for profit. GMO’s are bad for the environment anyway you analyze it, and bad for the people consuming them. Stop them now!

  • Ellen McConnell

    Why isn’t the USDA protecting the American public? Why is organic being put at high risk with all these genetically engineered crops?
    What do we have to do as a people to have this nonsense stopped.? I would like the President and Congress to answer me and other concerned Americans.

  • Lisa Kaplan

    Why is the USDA allowing all of these GMO’s to be deregulated? How does it benefit the and the land?

  • Marilyn Whitesides

    What’s next? Stop with the genetically engineered products. This is so wrong and puts control of the world’s food supply in the hands of one company.

  • raymond Young

    Just plain GRAFT.

  • danny king

    How many more thing are you going to allow to be genetically modified. Why do you continue to let monsanto tell you how its going to be. I never thought I would see the daywhen big corporation dollars has such a big sayso in how thing are done in this country. I hope that this does not lead to other things ,but I,m sure it will. Soon nothing that a person eats will be real. We may as well eat out of the garbage.

  • M. J. Winder

    Not only are you allowing the general population to be poisoned, but you are also subjecting your own families to the horrid toxins from Monsanto and other polluters and dangerously negligent companies.
    Stop the insanity! Do the right thing.

  • http://www.Naturopath4you.com David Getoff

    This is just one more piece of proof that the consumer and our safety makes no difference to “our” politicians. It will never cease to amaze me how easily money from big busines is able to completely destroy what little ethics our federal regulators and politicians might have left in their souls

  • ecoalex

    Once again profits,and franken science trumps common sense.This smacks of the starlink gmo corn fiasco.What made starlink ok for animals,but not for humans? Aren’t we all mammals?What will it take? A contaminated food supply and mass illness?It appears so.

  • Norma Galinn

    I GUESS TOM VILSACK AND FRANK LUCAS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE HEALTH OF THEMSELVES,THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!

  • http://www.absolutearts.com/issyco Issyco

    it’s scary to have our farm industry run by the likes of Monsanto, but not surprising. No one in Congress or our Dept. of Agriculture cares anymore about food safety, drug safety, the health of our planet or anything else. All they care about is getting re-elected and lining their pockets!

  • raymond Young

    Who is to say that this corn cannot feed over into fields of food corn,. It has been proven that pollination by wind, birds and on purpose takes place and then it cannot be stopped. Are we to just roll over and let the corps. like Monsanto kill us all just for the profit margin?? Their children will suffer also. Whebn this happens, and it surely will, these politicians must be held responsible.

  • Lisa Burroughs

    stop Monsanto

  • caroline aslanian

    Have you thought about approaching the first lady.
    Behind every successful person is a spouse!
    Caroline

  • Piera DiGiulio

    Please overturn the deregulation rulings on biofuel corn, genetically engineered alfalfa, and sugar beets. The seeds from these plants are invasive. they will destroy our organic plants and will hurt farmers and the export of US corn, alfalfa, and sugar beets. Our organic herds rely on organic feed. If the deregulation is allowed to proceed the US will no longer have organic meat.

  • Deanne Luzaich

    this is a disastrous decision that will have far-reaching impact on our environment and our health with irreversible damage. Also people should have the right to choose organic food, but this will pollute the organic food industry also! Please reconsider this.

  • http://ABRAPETS.COM JUDY BOITT

    What;s the matter with you people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your kids will at some point have to eat this stuff……….Did you ever take the time to see what it will do ????? Is money so important that you have to sacfifice people ???? Who then will vote for you.
    At least label the products that are “infected” by GMO . Give us a fightning chance.
    Give the animals a chance.
    Does GMO mean “GOD MOVE OVER”
    I am sorry for all us, because the human race will surley come to an end when we find out that the soil of earth is ruined, seeds cannot be saved and the Montsano Co. will rule the food of the world. Your food too………..and you also ……you will hang your head in shame when you realize what you are doing.

  • Karen Falk

    The only sound science is the sound of cash flowing into politician’s pockets. As Joni Mitchell put it so well many years ago – “give me spots on my apples and leave me the birds and the bees”

  • NANCY

    WHAT IS “REMEMBER ME” FOR? IT USUALLY MEANS MY NAME ETC IS ALL FILLED OUT WHEN I TAKE ACTION

  • dc

    Insane LEADERS allow INSANE behavior and deregulation !!

  • Sharon Bauer

    NO issue is more important to me than preserving the genetic integrity of plants. Allowing genetically engineered crops to pollute ALL other crops, as they inevitably will, destroys the possibility of organic agriculture and will damage our health and the health of the earth in ways that can never be reversed.

  • Debi Jackson

    I urge he Obama administration and Congress to think long and hard – while weighing ALL the science that is overwhelming in its evidence that bio-engineered agriculture cannot possibly be kept from contaminating ALL agriculture, not to mention the lack of long-term testing to verify any ramifications on our physical health and the health of the creatures with whom we share the planet. Our entire ecosystem could be put at risk if we move blindly forward with only the bottom line of Monsanto as our guide. I implore my elected decision-makers to please rethink this potentially devastating decision(s). Thank you for your attention to this vital and time sensitive issue.

    Respectfully,

    Debi Jackson

  • Deborah Gayner

    Genetically engineered seeds, including roundup ready seeds are simply a PROFIT CENTER for the manufacturer.. THE SCIENCE DOES NOT WORK….. THE CROP YEILD IS NOT INCREASED…THE VIABILITY OF THE SOIL IS DIMINISHED. THE RISK OF IRREVERSIBLE CONTAMINATION IS GREAT.

    Representative Frank Lucas (R – OK) should be ordered to eat only genetically modified foods. When are we going to stop the corporate buying of our elected reps??? It is time that at least they wear the colors of their ‘SPONSORS’, so we are all clear as to where their loyalties lie.

    STOP THE POISONING OF OUR PLANET FOR PROFIT!

  • Sylvia Barnard

    We want congressional hearings on genetically engineered alfalfa.

  • Constance Del Nero

    I am very concerned about the recent spate of GE approvals. These products may not be safe. They have not been adequately tested. What’s more, they might not be containable once they have been planted. Seeds know no bounds. People with allergies, intolerances or personal beliefs may be exposed to substances they are not aware of. This is wrong and may be dangerous. I was so excited at the election of Obama because he seemed like a breath of fresh air in our government, someone who would not be at the beck and call of big corporations. He has proved himself to be no different than his Republican predecessors.

  • Patricia R. King

    Secretary Vilsack has lost his mind or else he is a closet Tea Party Republican completely sold out to agri-business Monsanto. What price, Secretary Vilsack, did you put on your honor? Because honor, like reputation, is very hard to redeem once you have sold it. President Obama has made a sad mistake in his choice for Secretary of Agriculture and it may be irredeemable. At any rate, it has cost him my vote in 2012.

  • John Lewis

    The USDA has evidently bowed to pressure from special interests to allow this horrible decision. Very short-sighted, and very counter-productive. Good luck convincing the European markets, etc. So much for organic agriculture. That genie is now out of the bottle.

  • Nancy Welch

    I don’t trust genetically engineered seeds and, if we don’t do something about it now, I feel that it is just a matter of time before everything we consume will be genetically altered for one reason or another. To my knowledge, no independent studies have been conducted on the safety of altered seeds for human consumption. Please take a long hard look at these policies. I saw a report not too long ago about how a farmer in Canada could lose his farm that is situated close to a Monsanto agribusiness because the wind blew Monsanto’s altered seeds onto his land. Monsanto was suing because these genetically altered seeds have been patented by Monsanto. Thus, their case was that the farmer was unlawfully using their product. I feel these actions are a conspiracy to put farmers out of business so companies like Monsanto and large agribusinesses like it can dominate the world food market. Please, put the welfare of the people before corporate profits and don’t be so quick to approve these genetically altered seeds.

  • Dr. jamo Smith

    This insanity must stop. Once these genetically altered plants invade our organic resources, our food supply is in extreme peril. None of the recently released GMO products has been tested for human or animal safety. Once contaminated, our food will always be contaminated. Shall we go back to roots and berries.
    Please stop this irresponsible conduct.

  • Karen Jackson

    NO MORE GMO ANYTHING!!!

  • Emily

    We have entered the Age of Insanity in the U.S., as well as all over the earth. Corporate greed is boundless and heartless. There is little consolation in knowing that they will be destroying themselves along with us. Money and Power are their gods. I only wish I had not had children, who have brought me grandchildren and great-grandchildren to bear this tragic burden. I am 85 and will oppose these demons until my final breath.

  • Jane Kirk

    Please stop destroying healthy-foods and plants for monetary advancement of corporations. We need to be constanly caring for all the humans whom we serve. Thank you

  • rvanstrien

    Leave our food alone!

  • Donald Willey

    Corn is a very poor at best ethanol producer, there are grasses that produce far more ethanol per pound than corn can ever do…Why Corn?? It seems a form of insanity that we can’t get past!!!
    The USDA is in the business of trying to poison our food supply, and I fear they are doing a good job of it! They must be part and parcel of the eugenics movement!!
    The FDA (Federal DEATH Administration) is in the same business, and has joined with USDA to kill off masses of people!! May God reward them for their treachery!!!!

  • Ann Capotosto

    NO to GMOs of any kind! GMOs are poison. They endanger the safety of organically grown crops. If you feel confident about them, just swig some Roundup with your next meal. That’s what we are eating. Your blatant disregard for food safety is beyond belief.

  • GERALDINE HALL

    The Government with their new regulations and stipulations are killing us. That’s right they are killing the American people. You ask how, well, by using genetically grown foods, be it vegetables, fruit, and animals, they are poisoning us with toxic chemicals that they applied to these foods. The reason why the USA has so much cancer, heart disease and other diseases is because of the foods we eat are contaminated. The water we drink is polluted and chemically treated, the air we breath is filled with toxins and more chemicals, and the food we eat is now becoming not a food, but a chemical waste plant to kill our bodies. WE MUST GO BACK TO NATURAL WAYS OF FARMING WITHOUT CHEMICALS THAT CAUSE DISEASE THEN DEATH. Oh, you must think I am radical, but I am not. I am just a concerned citizen that has knowledge of what our Government, the FDA, and the other agencies are doing to our foods, air, water and survival for our future. ALL THE GOVERNMENT WANTS IS TOTAL CONTROL OVER ALL OF US. WHAT BETTER WAY BY MAKING US THINK THAT THE CHEMICALS ARE BEING USED FOR OUR GOOD. BUT THESE CHEMICALS OUR ROBBING US OF OUR HEALTH, STARTING WITH OUR BRAIN CELLS AND ENDING WITH TOTAL DISTRUCTION OF OUR ENTIRE BODIES.
    GOD CREATED MAN, NOW THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO CREATE LIFE. IT ISN’T THEY WANT TO SUSTAIN LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, BUT TO MAKE IT WHAT AND HOW THEY WANT LIFE TO BE.
    GREED MAKES US THINK WE KNOW WHAT IS BEST. GREED ONLY MAKES THE PERSON IN CHARGE RICH AND THE MULTITUDE POOR AND UNHEALTHY. STOP THIS INSANITY NOW.

  • Ken Mundy

    We are handing over our food future to Monsanto and a few other select, politically connected mammoth agribusinesses. Once they control the seeds for our food, we are nothing more than slaves.

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  • Paul Richards

    The USDA has joined Big Pharma in the destruction of wholesome foods! Monsanto intends to use food to destroy people…that is the total purpose of it! It has been proven to cause Liver & Kidney disease in humans!! Do they care? Not NO but H** NO.

  • Larry Kimball

    So GE bio-fuel corn will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, which will destroy our corn export markets and will have significant adverse effects on food product quality and performance. It would appear that Monsanto is now running USDA as well as owning Frank Lucas, how sad for the rest of us. This stupidity must be reversed.

  • Catherine Root

    all genetically engineered crops pose a threat to all animal life. all genetically enineered crops are a major threat to organinc and non hybrid organic crops.

  • Peggy

    Why is the USDA allowed to thumb it’s nose at the health and welfare of the American people? Where is the review of the USDA when they willfully ignore the admitted damage that WILL be done to safely edible organic crops? Where are the law suits? We know Congress people like Frank Lucas (R-OK) are willfully ignorant of the facts and greedy to get more money from corporations like Monsanto at the expense of their constituents and all Americans. Who has common sense and conscience to stop this madness?

  • Rev. Dr. Ronald L. “Chief Grey Eagle” Sims

    Genetically Engineered corn, alfalfa, and sugar-beets are a danger to human, animal and plant life, because the pollen of those plants can and will spread to edible plants, be consumed by animals (such as cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep) and thereby into human consumption.
    Further, there have been no studies of long-term effects of GE corn, alfalfa and sugar-beets, to see the possible harm to human beings will be.
    Please, stop ALL GE corn, alfalfa, sugar-beets and salmon, for the benefit of all life forms on this planet.

  • Carol

    Doesn’t the USDA that this can change everything about our lives and can do harm to young children?

    This has to stopped TODAY and that is a fact.

    I guess the USDA aren’t humans.

  • Peter Heymann

    Dear President Obama and Congressional Representatives,

    The safety of the food supply is of critical importance to every human on earth. Given that the release of Genetically Engineered crops into the wild poses a credible threat to the integrity of all existing like-species crops, why is it that you have not insisted on a public dialogue on the efficacy of Genetically Engineered food plants?

    I respectfully insist that you halt the release of all GE crops into the biosphere (aka, into farmland production) at once.

    While we are debating the risks of GE crops, can we also debate the legitimacy of Monsanto’s apparent intent, which is to effectively take “ownership” of the primary food crop species, with the goal of forcing the collection of fees for the use of its GE crops on every consumer of food? What gives Monsanto the right to upend the existing order of things–wherein every human has the right to plant and harvest seeds without paying some corporation a fee with every generation of crops?

    It seems that this matter would demand that you decide whose side are you on, the humans’ and the earth’s side or the corporations’ side. I earnestly hope you demonstrate with your actions that you favor the humans and the earth.

    Seriously concerned in Seattle,

    –Peter Heymann

  • Linda Zigich

    I am repulsed by the blatant disregard for our food supply. It’s all about MONEY, but even the rich (Monsanto) will not escape the toxic and devastating affects of the GMO’s. This IS a global catastrophe just waiting for you to vote. You vote “for” you lose. We all lose. STOP the insanity. Stop the insanity with your vote against GMO’s. Stand up to Monsanto while you can still do so. We’re risking everything that has a heartbeat. Do you understand that?

  • Lynn

    please help with this issue…..

  • Henry Coleman

    This ia all very frighting. Not only is organic farming in danger but agribusiness will in time be able to control all the seeds grown in America. Business does control Congress as seen in Frank Lucas (R-OK) ha received over $1,247,844 from agribusiness during his political career. AS they say in Texas, “you got to dance with them what brung you”. This is how the Congress is run today. It does look out for The Doug Jones of America but for Dow Jones ( big business Walk Street, banking, Chcmer of Commerce).

  • bruce warren

    Anyone voting to deregulate genetically engineered food should be forced to eat it.

  • Brenda Vargas

    I am totally against this. This hurts the family farmer and the public. This has never been properly tested and I for one do not want myself, my family, my friends or animals to be part of the testing to see what this will do to us.

  • God Help Us

    Not sure who is in charge, but saying these plants wont pose a risk is absurd. The wind blows and insects pass pollen- Monsantos payoff must have been substantial. Selling your soul to the devil – again.

  • http://www.painbusterscanada.com John Jones

    Perhaps all the to-do about the end of the world as we know it on Dec 23rd 2012 is a signal that the masses are going to wake up and demand honest representation from their governments. All this bunk about liberty and living in a free country where we have a choice to live healthy and well, is just that . . . bunk!

    The idea of asking Congress (or Parliament for us in Canada) to make decisions based on honesty rather than greed is like asking a 4 year old to choose broccoli instead of ice cream . . . neither of them knows better.

    If the US people can’t find the wisdom to elect people like Ron Paul to represent them from the highest position on down, what hope is there for ‘the people’s choice’?

    I believe in government, because the option – anarchy – is even scarier. But, when government starts killing people by approving obviously deadly products and productions such as GMO (particularly Round-up ready) seeds, it’s totally out of control, and something is going to break.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t break as violently as it’s doing in Egypt and other evil government controlled countries.

  • O’neil Couvillion

    I believe that this is really nuts ! Years ago I once planted some popcorn about 1 mile from a field of regular corn . I dIscovered that when the regular corn was cooked , some would actually pop ! This was caused by cross pollination by bees . I don’t believe that corporations are even worried about that . I wonder if our food supply will recover from blunders like this ? This is wrong and must be stopped now . I’m sure it worked in the lab , not the real world !

    • O’neil Couvillion

      The reason I used popcorn and its effects on regular corn is this happened , and the pop corn wasn’t gentically altered . I wonder what really is in this type of (new) corn ? I wonder what effect it will have on the bee population ? What about our water supplies ?

  • Marianne D.

    Protect our Earth and all people will be protected.

  • Mr and Mrs James Dension

    Please stop authorizing the use of GE grains, etc. Americans who want chemical-free food products hope ypu will favor us instead of Monsanto!

  • John Beaven

    The fear of groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists is that genetically engineered corn will contaminate corn grown for food. I have the same fears and would put a STOP to genetically engerneered seeds and anamils.

  • anne hutchings

    It is shortsighted for the USDA to continue to de-regulate genetically modified foods. We have no idea of the long-term consequences of the changes to foods and it seems that the USDA is playing with the Big Boys and not looking after the needs of the population. We need an impartial, regulatory body who is looking after OUR needs, not those of big business
    What happens to organic food supplies? It is impossible to control pollination, so this engineered seed, be it alfalfa, sugar beets, corn etc, will corrupt other crops – and then what? Monsanto and other big players have done a great job in getting rid of, and scaring off, small farmers and farmers who are trying to farm organically to produce healthy food which is aimed at improving the health of the population. Someone needs to think about world food supplies, not alternative energy needs. Without sufficient food, the US and the world’s population is doomed.
    We are reaching a crisis here, it would be nice to think that the USDA might have a crisis of conscience which would allow them to think, research and act independently.

  • Francis Chamness

    I demand congressioonal hearings on deregulation of genetically engineered Alfalfa and other crops [corn,etc].

  • http://share Deborah Pierce

    I cannot believe our own government has sold its people out to agribusiness. Cease and desist this horrible behavior.

  • Malina Feder

    I do not believe that GMO plants are healthy for me to consume, or for the earth and water that they are grown in. Could you please investigate this, and not through Monsanto.
    Keep our planet alive. Please

  • Kyle Brandt

    Please do not deregulate genetically engineered bio-fuel corn. Deregulation of this contaminant would leave plenty of loopholes open for it to spread freely. We rely on food for survival; let us not poison ourselves. Thank you.

  • Marguerite Loddengaard

    I am appalled at these decisions that will impact organic crops. I am a cancer survivor and need organic food to maintain health.

  • Nancy Hart

    It is your job to protect the American public and you are not doing your job when you allow Monsanto to sell GMO alfalfa, sugarbeets and bio-fuel corn. These dangerous plants contaminate normal crops. Soon there will be no natural food.

    Plus we do not know the long term effect on humans! Stop Monsanto while we still have some uncontaminated crops.

  • http://www.mynsp.com/theherbalistllc Raven Kasprzak

    these companies plan to get total control over our food, we can not let that happen. This would be so bad for the world and our health. Let’s stop this now.

  • Valerie Bline

    I am amazed how anyone with children or grandchildren or cares about the problems we leave the next generation could put their future food supply in such jeopardy. Primary issue is irreversibly altering mother nature adversly. This is the ultimate corportization of control of our very sustance. We should all reject being Monsanto’s lab rats, but then no one minds that Dupont, Dow and others have experimented on us for years.

  • Brenda Exline

    You would think that the people in this country would be entitled to a safe food supply but the powers that be seem to have other ideas. I don’t know if I can hold my nose and vote for Obama again or not since he is behind all of the GMO appointments in his administration. So disappointing while they put on this big organic gardening act in the White House.

  • Christina Strother

    I find this horrible news that more of our food sources are going to be tampered with in the name of the Dollar Bill. It is amazing that a few make lots of money off of something that effects millions. The effects are not worth the risks. Let them contaminate their own food and leave ours alone!

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • Gene Plank

    Before we know it, people will not even be allowed to grow their own food.

  • florence chapgier

    Totally disgusted and very very angry at Monsanto and its horrific actions. This is our Earth, and our Planet and the inheritance of our kids !!!!

  • Fernando D. Craff

    This corrupt politician, Frank Lucas (R-OK) should be thrown in jail for accepting contributions that benefit Monsanto and other companies. These people should work for US, not for special interest to gain monetary benefits. When are the people of this great country going to wake up about our liberty to choose what we eat and buy true organic products without having to worry about all the poisons that these companies like Monsanto put in our foods. It is very sad and disgusting that the FDA, that supposedly should protect the consumer, is in bed with these companies, for the mighty dollar, without regards for the health of the people. I hope some day not too distant, the people of this country will revolt against the FDA and all the corrupt politicians that work for special interests but us.

  • Thomas Pauley

    This is reckless science at best, we don’t know all the ramifications of doing this, it’s wrong, just wrong!

  • Mr. Anje’ Waters

    DO NOT allow GE corn to be approved!!! This will be dangerous for food corn. I beg you!

  • Dan Mastrosimone

    I’ve got news for you GE corn is the major portion of the corn we eat right now! We need to get it out of our food supply, and take great care to use it for fuel only and make sure it STAY’S out of our food supply…

  • Francie Georges

    When are people going to be protected. We are getting poorer nourishment, more diseases, earlier diabetis, more learning disabilities, inability to fight off depression. What are you regulators thinking?
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  • Francesco Mariglia

    There is no message to click and sign that sends to President Obama and Congress. Do you think people are going to spend an hour writing a note and looking uo there representatives when we are used to somply clicking on Change.org type alerts? Who has the time in the age of organizations that make alerts user friendly?

  • http://none vicki hood

    I hold you directly responsible for ruining my health, my food supply and my life. You and Salazar take my public lands , my air, my oceans, my body. You sign me over to big pharma, big corp (like Monsanto), big bank, big oil and gas, big cattle industry. What the hell is the matter with you? Why do you want me dead? Bush policy lives on. Our young, finest men are dying in one big phony war. Your big corporations make money at it. We cry.

  • Helen Baumgartner

    What is happening is so utterly insane and unbelieveable that we are not seeing it or its ramifications for the future health and life of all on earth, including those who have perpetrated this injustice, unless they have plans of leaving the planet or going underground.

    What is the intention behind the action? What are the secrets? Who’s hidden agenda is this?

    The devastating consequences stretch way out beyond Organic agriculture and any special interests groups or corporate profits. Can you see it? Look from ass many directions as you can imagine. Get interested in it. What is hiiding in plain sight that is not easily discernable? Is it an end game? A way to get away with torture and the killing off of life as we know it? I would really like to hear about the intentions. Not just lies about the obvious. If you who are so opposed to having no holds barred on Monsanto and others of their kind are so certain, be bold enough to reveal the truth. Why lie to cover up what is already known and proven untrue? We need answers to the tough questions. Tell all.

  • http://AllianceforNaturalHealth Chris Cook

    These GE plants are not safe. The possibility of contamination is too high to take the chance.

  • Margaret McElligott

    Please stop genetically engineered farm products. They will contaminate the nation’s food supply with unknown consequences.

  • Fred M. Reinman

    When wll the proper testing be done to ensure that GE foods are safe to grow much less to eat?

  • Stephanie D Story

    Last Friday, the US Department of Agriculture announced it would deregulate a type of industrial corn genetically engineered to produce an enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar, which would increase efficiency in making ethanol. The agency concluded the crop does not pose a plant risk.

    Fears about the genetic contamination of corn echo concerns about Monsanto’s mutant alfalfa—that it will likely destroy organic alfalfa altogether because the crop is so invasive and its seeds are so easily spread by the wind. The danger of contamination of non-genetically altered species is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.” Organic alfalfa, in turn, is essential for organic meat production.

    Upon learning that the USDA had fully deregulated the genetically engineered grain, committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

    Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site OpenSecrets.org. Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

    Please use your influence to turn back the tide of approval and use of genetically modified seeds.

  • Karen White, MSW

    FRANKENFOOD CANNOT BE THE NORM-IT IS NOT HEALTHY. IT CAN ONLY BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO REAL FOOD, NOT THE SUBSTITUTE.

  • Carol Early

    We don’t need walk-a-thons to cure diabetes, cancer etc. We need good, wholesome food…untainted by chemicals and grown as nature provides. Growing something faster (aka GE) does not make us healthier. It only lines the pockets of CEO’s. Please put a stop to this nonsense.

  • cheryl mcdonald

    This is outrageous

  • Maura Ellyn

    There is no reason for any GMO crops other than more profit and power for the biotechs and their shills. Higher yields, a lie. Roundup resistant super weeds, yes. Further poisoning of the earth, water, wild and domestic animals and humans, yes. All proven, is some cases in court. And Gmos are also further imperiling the economy, as far as exports, crops, meat, cheese, etc., and the degradation of human and animal health. This is the rare black and white issue. I’d say shame, but the USDA has repeatedly shown that those who make decisions and regulations have no shame. No shame, no concern for the environment, no concern for animal and human health, no concern for the future. And now, by the USDA’s recent horrific GMO decisions, it has taken away choice. There will even more contamination, it will be almost impossible to avoid GMOs. The biotechs and the USDA wave the banner of science – science shows these products are dangerous and harmful in every way, numbers say GMOs will hurt the economy. Only those deranged and blinded by insatiable greed could possibly endorse GMOs. The decisions makers at the USDA do not serve the people, do not serve the country and do not deserve the honor of doing so.

  • Michele Beckett

    We have found out that FDA is not regulating parts in our bodies, not regulating meds now you want us to eat food grown near Genetically altered crops. You want ur children to die, our animals to die?
    Bit hypcoritical for wanting to
    battle Starvation and Obesity so let’s kill people off?
    Why don’t you just sign up as a Republican, that is what you are and this Administration represents…Killers, Profiteers. You will be out in 2012, I would rather vote for a Republican than another Phony Democrat.
    Thous Shalt not Kill…yet here you all are ready to kill our children. Hope FDA eats this food with you, this corn will end up in more places than biofuel as will the alfalfa also! Read your labels

  • Thomas Klein

    Please do not permit the use more dangerous genetically modified crops. This variety of corn may well contaminate further corn destined for food usage!

  • Dr. Michael J. Collier

    In an article at TruthOut, reporter Mike Ludwig noted that House Committee on Agriculture members pressed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa and reject the proposal to geographically isolate it from traditional alfalfa. Upon learning that the USDA had fully deregulated the genetically engineered grain, committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

    Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site OpenSecrets.org. Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions.

    This is absolute and total BS. Let’s get things on a sound, truthful basis; this is no time for ill-informed and inaccurate science.

  • Tunisia Fountain

    I’m deeply concerned about the long term ramifications of deregulating GMOs. It seems that the public’s best interests and public’s opinion are irrelevant and this is unacceptable. There are many other optiins that are organic, sustainable, and not a threat to public health and biodiversity. Once these plants contaminate organics there is no return and they simply can not be contained, nature can not be controlled.

    Instead of bowing to large corporations, the US needs to follow science in this matter and look to the European nations on this and opt to eliminate GE foods. They are a biohazard.

  • mike kelly

    This is ridiculous. With the first wind, my corn that my family will eat will be corn that Monsanto made in a laboratory. Stop this insanity now. If you want ethanol, lift the idiotic trade ban with Cuba and buy all their sugar. Stop subsidizing Archer Daniels. They have enough money.

    When, 20 years from now, we find that this sci-fi corn causes us to die early, you will be gone, Archer Daniels will have billions socked away in the Caymans, and not one single soul will be held accountable. Stop this madness!

  • http://anh-usa.org Ethel Leider

    Stop monkeying with our food. Corn is our food.

  • Francie Georges

    When are people going to be protected? We are getting poorer nourishment, more diseases, earlier diabetis, more learning disabilities, inability to fight off depression. What are you regulators thinking?

  • Barbara Kilpper

    How can the people who are supposedly leading us be so stupid? Why are you screwing with our food? I currently buy everything possible from any country other than the U.S. where we choose to poison the masses in order to become fat, rich cats. I hope your constituents get fed up and take to the streets. I’ll be there.

  • fred karlson

    I am definitely opposed to the use of Roundup which is tied to GMO crops. Roundup destroys soil biology and makes it difficult for plants to uptake trace minerals. There is no science to prove that GMO crops provide better nutritional crops than traditional ones. If anything, it is the contrary. In addition, GMO crops threaten to cross-contaminate all varieties of traditional and organic crops, creating more problems about who owns the newly cross pollinated seeds as well as the future generation of our seeds. Do we want corporations like Monsanto to direct all of this and destroy traditional farming as we know it?

    Fred Karlson

  • Robin C

    This is just horrible news. What the heck is wrong with the USDA? I think the lobbyist have some one in the money pockets

  • Shirley Weyand

    Do you really believe that the one that sits in the oval office gives a hoot about the damage that Monsanto causes the animals and humans with their insane ideas. This was all preplanned so as to bring down the population by plague or starvation. It does not have to happen but we need a leader, though I really do not see one on the horizon. Look also at the money that changes hands to keep these folks like Vilsack doing as he does. He knows its wrong.

  • Dan Sherwood

    These products are not safe for consumption and will contaminate food-grade corn as well as organic corn.

  • Charles Ross

    Turning these untested modified crops loose is insane; there is no tract records; little testing (which shows adverse affects on mice after the second generation).

    These untested crops also leave world agriculture at risk; diversity is what has prevented world wide crop failures from happening; If all crops are the same, all are equally vulnerable.

  • Scarlett Manning

    How can you let this happen. When we all know how bad monsanto is and how they are contaminating our food supply. The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

    They have outlawed GE crops in Europe and elsewhere, why are we so backwards regarding the facts about the health of our crops, environment and ultimately our citizens.

    This threat to edible corn comes on top of GE alfalfa (a major, major threat to organic agriculture) and GE sugarbeets. Deregulating a type of industrial corn genetically engineered to produce an enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar, which would increase efficiency in making ethanol. The agency concluded the crop does not pose a plant risk.

    Five major US trade associations whose member companies process and export corn and corn products agree. They say the product—if inadvertently commingled with general commodity corn at even very low levels—will have significant adverse effects on food product quality and performance.

    Fears about the genetic contamination of corn echo concerns about Monsanto’s mutant alfalfa—that it will likely destroy organic alfalfa altogether because the crop is so invasive and its seeds are so easily spread by the wind. The danger of contamination of non-genetically altered species is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.” Organic alfalfa, in turn, is essential for organic meat production.

    In an article at TruthOut, reporter Mike Ludwig noted that House Committee on Agriculture members pressed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa and reject the proposal to geographically isolate it from traditional alfalfa. Upon learning that the USDA had fully deregulated the genetically engineered grain, committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

    Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site OpenSecrets.org. Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

  • Suda Prohaska

    These shannigans about allowing genetically altered plants to proliferate in our country and in our agriculture and in our food supplies, regardless of the INTENDED use–just flies in the face of good science and good health. This is unconscionable. And you, Mr. President, and your administration will lay down an irreversible course that will ultimately destroy healthful living. If you wish to be a leader, now is your chance. Reverse course on GMO foods and agriculture.

    Thank you,
    Suda Prohaska

  • James Mattioda

    Please stop genetically modifiying ou food supply.

    James Mattioda PhD

  • Paula

    It is beyond me to begin to understand how GE food can be permitted for human consumption. GE food is toxic and harmful. Please STOP the USDA okaying GE for human or animal consumption. I am horrified GE food has gotten this far. If people being healthy is really a concern, then GE food must be eliminated for consumtion by humans as well as animals that are eaten.

  • Lisa Kazmier

    I am disgusted. We all know Monsanto will be the first one running to the GOP to cry for help if this blows up — and of course the US will bail them out. Who will bail out those Monsanto hurts?

  • Paulette Lieska

    I feel so dishearted by these decisions to deregulate all of these Genetically Engineered products. So many of us are doing everything we can to eat organically to stay healthy and to take care of our soils, our waters and our bodies. These decisions are destroying everything!!

    Why do I bother to vote Democratic? Why can’t one of you take the lead on this and STOP putting the fox in charge of the henyard? Get behind the reversal of these decisions before it is TOO LATE! I feel our voices are simply not heard by you, our Senators, our House Representatives…and, yes, You, our President who I have had the most faith in. If one of your doesn’t stand up and take a postion on this I am going to give up on you as you have given up on all of us.

    We need you to express our voice and the voices of our children of the future. Stop this insane attack on our food and our planet. PLEASE!

  • Paul Turner

    93% of soy, 86% of corn, 93% of cotton, and 93% of canola seed planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered. Soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil – all over in our food supply, yet none of these are labeled as GMO (genetically modified organisms) in the United States. And bio-fuel corn WILL contaminate more of our food supply.

  • Isabelle

    To the Members of the House and to the President

    Dear Mr. President,
    Dear Congressmen and Congresswomen,

    You are most certainly aware that by signing the permission by Monsanto and other companies like it, to produce genetically modified seeds for crops used by animals or humans, that you are signing the extinction of the human race and all species on this planet. w

    While this many not happen overnight, it

    You MUST realize that you hold the future of this Planet in you hands.

    Life is not about money – it is about people. Please do not allow Frankenfoods to be grown on our planet or, if you cannot stop them, then admit that we have been taken over by alien species whose biological needs are different from our own: hence their need for GMOs.

    If you admit that you are powerless against what is happening we will all have more respect for you because as it stands we have lost respect for the whole lot of you.

    Yours sincerely
    Isabelle

  • Corrine Meier

    Please reconsider not deregulating genetically engineered bio-fuel corn! The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

  • Marilyn Ortt

    USDA is turning the future of American agriculture and our food over to Monsanto and other huge agribusiness corporations. This is outrageous and should not be tolerated. I urge this agency in the name of all that is right to reverse this approval.

  • Parvin Johnson

    How do the people of this country to get the regulators to look out us instead of the large Agribusiness Corporations.

  • Emily Orme-Johnson

    Wake-up Obama! Bioengineering makes living things become sick!!!!! Your choices will hurt us all.

  • Michael

    It now appears that we are not just a nation of sheep, but we are governed by idiots,and have no intention of interfering with them…I am getting on in years, but you with children, I really worry about your future.

  • Jim Nordstrom

    Please do not deregulate genetically engineered food. No one knows at this point what the long term affects of consuming this are. The public deserves unaltered food the the right to choose what they buy. The fact that Frank Lucas is chairman of the Agriculture Committee and received large contributions from Monsanto and the agribusiness industry shows how unfair this ruling is.

  • Fred Fawcett

    When will someone with organizational ability do what has to be done? When will someone organize progressive voters? When will we form a voting block that demands legislation from democrats in return for our block of votes? They can’t win elections without us, but refuse to fight for our causes when elected. They do this because they think we have no where else to go come election day. If they truly thought that we would act as a unified group and refuse to back them with our votes, they would bargain with us for those votes. They have no choice. Without us the lose. We have only ourselves to blame if we continue to support them at the polls only to get what we’ve gotten from the Obama administration. A big fat zero. Nothing, Nada, Zippo. Its as simple as finding a way to unite so that we can get a count of our members and having a representative to bargain for us. That and the courage and discipline to withhold our vote if democrats call our bluff. Lets win for a change.

  • Kurt Duffner

    Obama Administration,
    Please do not allow this multi-national corporation to continue these actions. Our soldiers and citizens of this country deserve better than being poisoned by this corrupt organization. They have been poisoning our people through Agent Orange, through RBST in dairy cattle, and you want to continue allowing them to poison and kill every living organism through genetic engineering. Ranchers and farmers have lost all control over getting the best product to the market and are being bullied into a corner. I feel it would be one of the greatest mistakes for our country, our people, and especially our fragile ecosystems and environments to allow these corporations to continue business this way. Do not allow this! Your administration should be encouraging local, sustainable and organic growing programs. How does Mrs. Obama feel about allowing this to happen. She has worked hard to promote organic gardening at the White House and fighting obesity with healthy food choices. How is this healthy for our country or its citizens.
    Sincerely,
    Kurt Duffner

  • Maria

    If you want anything that is safe to eat… NEVER count on the USDA/government!! You either have to kill it or grow it yourself. Hurry and buy organic seeds because soon the government will take that away from us too. We lose more of our rights everyday.. now they are dictating what we eat!

  • Tony Tirado

    All concerned,

    I agree with this message. Let’s put a stop to this.

    Concerned consumer

  • http://www.victoryoveradhd.com Deborah Merlin

    GMO kill people. Please outlaw it!

  • Dr. Joel Saeks

    If you continue all this deregulation soon there won’t be any biodiversity in the world ….. When this happens a small fungus resistant to the monsanto chemical sprays used will wipe out the entire food supply of the planet. You need to think before you act of the long term effects. If no 3rd party studies have been done then you are committing a crime against humanity.

  • Linda Kramm

    Unbelievable ! Greed in America is now attacking our precious food supply. Stop Monsanto and the politicians who are in their pocket!

  • http://[email protected] Barbara Viken

    Monsanto’s policies are not sustainable. Unless we want all humanity to die, we need them stopped.

  • Susan Lilly

    This is becoming the Monsanto administration and it scares me! I know someone who knows Tom Vilsack well and he said he is between a rock and a hard place. That because of the money and power that Monsanto has, it is very difficult in the political climate to rein them in. This administration needs to realise that Monsanto’s stated goal is to control the world’s food supply. Come on, people, this ca NOT happen!!!

  • Carol Boeckley

    Please stop deregulating genetically engineered corn and all other food products. Don’t you care about the health of people? or the fortunes of our farmers? Don’t you even research the damage you are doing? FIVE major trade organizations are telling you that this will hurt our farmers, but NO you seem more interested in pandering to companies that will profit by this decision. It’s totally SICK to disregard the people and their health.

  • http://davezunkel.com Dave Zunkel

    Deregulating ANY genetically engineered plants is a bad idea! They adversely effect food product quality, make them unfit for export to many other nations and could contaminate non-GE plants, making them sterile. STOP the deregulation!

  • Doris Sampson

    NO GMO’s!

  • MaryStone

    Do not deregulate genetically alfalfa,sugarbeets and bio-fuel. Why is it Monsanto has so much control over Congress and our USDA? Is it always the one with the most money wins? Who is looking out for the American people and the damage this will do our organic farms and the health of our children? Please protect us from those who are only interested in the money, not the welfare of the people.

  • Jayn Avery

    As a gardener I find it hard enough to prevent the hybrid corn pollen from contaminating my heirloom seed, which to me is priceless. The thought of seed from my neighbor’s corn contaminating my corn is appalling. There are people who cannot eat the corn products made from GMO corn because it causes an allergic reaction. Is anyone really studying this?

  • Denise Mueller

    For the health and well being of the adults and chlidren of the United States, I urge you to control and protect corn crops from contamination. We talk about how people need to eat healthier by growing their own vegetables but yet we allow gentetically engineered corn that could possibly harm naturally grown corn. Is health really important or is big business?

  • Marian Cruz

    Monsanto must not be allowed to genetically modify our food. NO, NO to Monsanto!

  • Linda Shine

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugar beets and now bio-fuel corn is a
    BIG mistake. it will not help anything. It will hurt everything, including mankind.

  • http://marketamerica.com/smithfamily Elliott Smith

    So much of our food in stores has msg and aspartame, now more and more crops hae GMO’s. America’s health is going downhill but certain people are making money on all this. Become educated and become active.

  • Stephanie Zaccagnini

    Deregulation of genetically engineered organisms is a huge mistake whether plant or animal.
    Please reverse these dangerous approvals before we find out the effects first hand.
    Sadly, by then it will be too late.

  • Frances O’Neill

    The government is making sure we kill ourselves.

  • http://www.earthboysblog.com jeanene

    I guess all the land will then be designated for these crops. Nothing left for animals, cattle and organic agriculture.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • William Roberson

    We do not know the long-term effects of genetically modified foods. The least of which is that they likely will cross-breed and possibly eliminate natural strains. We are playing God with our food supply, just so large corporations like Monsanto can corner the market and allow for the application of increasingly stronger pesticides, which only breeds stronger pest resistance. Mono-agriculture, in the event of widespread disease or pest infestation, threatens our food supply.

    Most importantly, we risk long-term, widespread health problems should genetically altered foods cause unpredicted changes in our bodies, or those of our children.

  • art godinez

    STOP THIS MADNESS NOW!!!!

  • Chris Pallas Ward

    No GMOs!!! Don’t contaminate the real thing. Please, think seriously about our future before allowing this to happen.

  • sd7

    Woah. I can’t even muster up a reply.

  • Jack R. Betterton

    Henry Kissinger once stated upon leaving office

    “WE ARE OVERPOPULATED”

    Does his statement tell you what going on?

  • Janet Robinson

    GMO food is dangerous and untested. Who truely knows the long-term effects of eating this food? Should we really live this dangerously? I, for one, will never eat this crap, at least, it won’t be with my knowledge.

  • Cynthia Lebuda

    Being I am not a truck, car, plane nor a train. I am not too concerned about bio-fuel. I am not even a lawn mower. If your going to give chemically treated bio- veggies to something let it be something that uses anti-freeze….

    Sincerely, Cynthia Lebuda

  • joyce schrieber

    Why don’t the ‘powers that be’ realize that the pollen from this frankenplant will flow around the globe, changing our foods forever? Science and research are needed and monsanto must be stopped!!!!

  • Sandy Abbott

    Why do you want to allow geneticly modified foods into the worlds food supply? Is is because of ignorance as to the effects of this action or do you want to contribute to the destruction of our food?

  • LaVonne Carlson

    Some of us prefer to eat pure, unaltered food. This kind of deregulation threatens that food supply in many ways. Please stop doing this!

  • Sandy Abbott

    Why do you want to allow geneticly modified foods into the worlds food supply? Is is because of ignorance as to the effects of this action or do you want to contribute to the destruction of our food?

  • Hildy Roy

    The Government is getting involved in waaay too many things that do not belong to them. Leave our food supplies alone, please! GMO food is NOT a natural thing created naturally by the Universe (God, whoever)
    We do not need more sugar in this country, Most of the problems with obesity are sugar, sugar, sugar. So leave the beets, corn and alfalfa pure so I and others can enjoy.
    Did any of you foolish people stop to realize (of course you did, but you don’t care!) that this is affecting YOU, your children, your grandchildren and on and on. How greedy and stupid is that!
    thank you…hildylyn

  • http://peopleforreason.com Wanda Ballard

    This is insanity, that Monsanto is allowed to take over our food and do as they wish with it. All in the name of CORRUPT MONEY and POWER OVER REAL FOOD FARMERS. How dare they. Monsanto and their THUGS must go straight to prison for years, or until the good and real farmers are able to get OUR food back to normal. President Obama, get rid of Monsanto and all of their THUGS. Also get rid of your Monsanto “Food Adviser” and other CORRUPT MONSANTO THUGS employed by you. What happened to you Obama???? We have moved from adoring you, to we will NOT vote for you again. We are SHOCKED AT YOU, that you could become CORRUPT ALONG WITH Monsanto. You also muck around in muddy waters, with the likes of scumbag Ken Salazar. You do the good thing of stopping to smoke, then you hang out with and befriend CORRUPT CROOKS like Monsanto Thugs and the GREEDY SADISTIC, Ken Salazar…. Wanda Ballard & William McHenry

  • Madeline Loder

    Very destructive move to deregulate genetically manipulated food supply! I eat organically produced food as often as I can. My food will no longer be organic. This is a tragedy! Please overturn these decisions in the name of freedom and individual choice/1

  • Gary Fulreader

    I am truly appalled to hear of yet another devastating decision from the USDA. De-regulating genetically engineered grain and crops is a direct violation of human rights. It grieves me to see that this country is continuing to be run by those with no regard whatsoever for the planet and the future well-being of the inhabitants of this planet. Unfortunately government agencies are no longer protecting our people and our planet. Everyone knows this. Don’t you think it’s time we bring ethics back to our government and our country? I sure do.

    I urge you to reverse the devastating decisions regarding genetically engineered (and ROUNDUP READY!!!) alfalfa, corn, and sugar beets. This is a decision that cannot wait. Please take this action now.

    Gary Fulreader

  • Roberta Jamieson

    I am extremely concerned about GMOs and crossover from them to food and organic food corn (especially this bio-fuel GM corn). Please do NOT allow this to be deregulated or sold. It will not only hurt us, our future generations but most certainly farmers.

  • http://www.RobertRossBand.com Robert Ross

    This government, just like the last one, refuses to listen to reason, or hear the facts. This government does not represent the people, they represent the corporations. Many Americans know this especially those who do not vote or participate in the political process because it is useless. Apparently, you can NOT fight city hall, the halls of Congress or the Oval Office. I am sick of trying to reason with those who will not reason. I am sick of trying to change the minds of those who have closed minds.

  • Madeline Loder

    Tragic decision to deregulate genetically engineered corn. Contamination for political reasons is inexcusible! Please do something President Obama and the sane members of Congress.

  • Harold Withers

    Please stop this insanity before we are all forced to use these things.

  • Joan Godwin

    If we keep genetically changing all of our foods we aren’t going to have any real food left and than we really will have a bunch of obese and sick people to take care of. TALK ABOUT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS FOR OUR GOVERNMENT!

  • Denise Hanley

    Stop the insanity~!! Please reverse the deregulation of GE corn~!!!

  • Larry Manter

    This is just incredible! Is the USDA in the pocket of Big Agriculture? It seems so. Genetically modified anything is an idea which whose time should never come. There’s just no way to isolate it and, if it’s hazardous or has unknown ill effects (and it’s even possible that Big Agriculture knows about them and is hiding them because they will do ANYTHING for a buck – like most big corporations in America), we’ve screwed ourselves because it may very well take over everything because of pollination (or maybe it does something to the soil or water or something – no one KNOWS what it can do that’s not good).

  • http://www.artywildmakers.org Sally Blakemore

    The ignorance of this arrogant administration really amazes me. Playing into the hands of these repugnant corporations and what they have already accomplished world wide is in the news. Organic farmers and bees and natural growth cycles are totally at risk. Maybe if they would get Monsanto out of the administration it would become more clear what real science has to say on the matter. It is a crime against Nature.

  • http://[email protected] Karen Brick

    I am deeply disappointed in this Administrations outrageous inability to fight off the lobbyists at Monsanto and other companies wanting to develop GE foods. The fact that they ignore the dangers these foods represent is mind boggling to me. Before long, we’ll be drinking plastic milk!

  • Wayne Collins

    I don’t think the USDA and our congress are paying any attention to our concerns anymore …like they are only interested in political score and aggressive reckless behavior to demonstrate authority with no care or fear for loss of integrety or public trust. Responses from our elected officials are lame at best. Its like they are all in some kind of coma!!

  • Marcia Bailey

    I am very concerned about these genetically engineered crops. I think we don’t know enough about the long -term effects of going this route, and I believe it could be costly to us.

  • http://NaturalHealth Mary Davis

    Please over turn the decisions about deregulating alfalfa, sugarbeets and bio-fuel corn.
    Please don’t bow down to Big Ag.

  • Jessica Semon

    The USDA does not have the right to jeopardize the world food supply. Please stop the cultivation and sale of GMO crops. This is pure insanity.

  • Enrique & Laura Dovalo

    The God of these politicians is MONEY they sell their soul to evil. They do not realized that all these generically modified food is no food and the human body do not agreed with fake food converting it into many illness such as cancer, obesity and many more. What is going on with our congressman and our senators, ether they don’t read, or the want to play stupid only for MONEY. Wake up America!!! Stop this non-sense be aware of what is going on before is too late. Vote against generically modify deregulation. WE are the ones who are going to poison the world if we do not stop this destruction to human kind.

  • http://cernieinst.org Sally Cernie Ph.d

    Isn’t it time that our elected officials focus on the welfare of their constituents and stop being controlled by the big Corps whose only interest is $$$$ regardless of consequenses to the future of our country?. Do they not have children and grandchildren? Science is a wonderful thing but when there is doubt created by honest researchers who are concerned about people and consequenses, the created doubt should take precedence to taking chances on adverse reactions by ommision of facts.
    What will it take for our voices to be heard?

  • paul

    Please stop screwing up the food supply with genetically modified foods.

  • William Rodriguez

    Ok…………to each his own. So, this mutant grain will eventually dominate the world corn crops! I beleive it will. Nature will do what it has always done, pollenate. These crops will be fed to animals produced for human consumption. So far I have no problem with it. Im a vegetarian. You folks that eat meat will be the first unfortunate ones to suffer from the out come of this mutated grain. Personally I will not be eating corn or anything with corn in it anymore. Tough I know since there is corn and it by products in so much of our foods. I’ll deal with it. Eventually the truth will surface and the requried change will be put in place. Till then folks watch what you choose to eat and your health. You just had more pollution added to your diet!

  • http://evolvedesign.biz Stephen Perkins

    I’m appalled at the ignorance and short sightedness of ALL GMOs and petro chemical agenda. Their profit margins are threatening my physical helath. I’m HIV positive for over 22 years, eating organic produce as much as possible is LIFE SUSTAINING because all of the systemic nutrients are intact as history and natural cultivation as proven.

    NO ONE has proven that GMOs or FrankenFoods are safe for everyone over a lifetime. Let’s backoff and take a more conservative path….

    And NO chemical foods (GMOs) and organic foods can NOT by definition co-exist happily without affecting the latter drastically.

  • Judith Caldwell

    To our national leaders:

    It is vital to the continued health of our food supply, economy, and citizens that the deregulation of GE grains and animal feeds (such as corn and alfalfa, as well as sugar beets) WITHOUT proper research of their safety and impact upon organic-grown products is reprehensible! Stop bowing to multinational food corporations like Monsanto! Their ONLY concern is profit – NOT nutrition or health!

  • Deanne Luzaich

    already did

  • Laurita Walters

    The problem with bio-engineered corn for is that it will pollute the food corn. Bio-engineering is not controllable; the pollen will spread the changes to other corn crops. So then we are eating corn that is crossed with corn specifically designed for bio-fuel. I am all for bio-fuel, but I don’t think we should eat it. Could this crop be completely contained? There is really no way to guarantee that. It would have to not produce pollen at all, and then we are only guessing that would solve the problem.

  • jon trapp

    Blatant greed and stupidity. Do you people have children?

  • Carole Bretschneider

    Please stop! Leave healthy , sustainable food to the local small farms so that we can watch and
    know that our food is safe. Do it your children and grandchildren and mine!

  • Carole Bretschneider

    We do not need genetically engineered Bio-Fuel Corn!

  • Robin C Rutan

    I am incredibly frustrated with the corporate world and its control over our lives to a point of making lab animals of us all. Only time will tell the effects of GMO products and the time to really research side effects of GMO products. This is not like engineering through grafting and breeding, it is genetic manipulation. It moves beyond creating hybrids to frankensteinism. This kind of research requires a much better understanding of genetics than we currently have.

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Helen Pille

    PLEASE… stop Monsanto before they completely endanger the health of every living person on this earth!! GM is not and never will be healthy and I think we all know there is only one reason Monsanto is pushing this through is GREED….MONEY, MONEY, so there will always be corruption and always our ‘government seems to back the wrong people or project. what good is it that Mrs. Obama pushes ‘organic’…when her husband and his backers help Monsanto.??? pray tell me where it will end. If you think we have health problems not……..just you wait

  • Carolyn Friedman

    Please, NO genetically engineered bio-fuel corn. No genetically engineered ANY corn!!! Or afalfa. Or any food! PLEASE!

  • georgie-ann

    this is sickening

  • Patricia H. Wilson

    It is critical that our congressmen, senators and presedent start listening to the people that elected them! We live within our means, try to eat locallly grown foods, organically grown as much as possible. We do not want Monsanta dictating the type of food products we eat. Foods produced from GMO seeds are not acceptable to Americans who care about their health and the heallth of their children. GMO products need to be banned. Please listen to us. We vote in every election from the smallest local issues to the largext national ones.

    Sincerely,

    Vance and Patricia H. Wilson

  • Michael Ruzza

    Think about what your really accompolishing with this action!

  • Barbara Peterson-Malesci

    Stop it! Stop letting these people whose campaigns are funded by agribusiness to say how it’s going to be in our country. It is now a widely known fact that these genetically modified crops pose a huge risk to the health of the American people. It is also widely known that it is easily spread by the wind that great care must be taken so as not to infect organic crops. We the American people demand that we have that choice. Stop this deregulation before it’s too late!

  • Delfin Labao

    This is an assault on everyone’s immune system! Talk about overtaxing our Healthcare system! Our health begins with the food that we eat-

  • anita sarcone

    When is it not going to be about money and our health actually matters? It’s not necesary to do this. Stop selling us out.

  • Donna Walter

    We are really kept busy with these email comments. I hope they will have some effect. It creates the feeling that the walls are closing in.[Need for phycological drugs?] I will continue to hope there might be some THINKING person out there. I see little evidence in this propaganda.

  • Alison

    Population control… or ensuring the aliens will have a vacant earth for their seeding :-) Everyone wanted change well here you are!

  • jill goetsch

    Could we consider using unbiased science and ethics, instead of greed and profit in our policy making decisions? Where is transparency?

  • Lorree Gardener Milne

    We, the people, must not accept the decisions…. even by our own misinformed President, to move forward with ANY genetically modified or genetically engineered seeds, plants, animals or any other “products” that are being forced upon us by the corporations that are endangering our very lives and the future of our planet.

  • http://AllianceforNaturalHealth Carolyn S. Akins

    Please leave genetically contaminated Corn out of the market!

    And the need is there for Organic Alfallfa seed. Stop messing with the food source of our farmers for the good of feeding the country with reliable seed!

    Thank you.

  • Karl J. Volk

    Please leave all plants and animals the way the are naturally do not chang them.

  • Rich Wills

    Genetically engineered crops are a bane to humankind. Monsanto needs to be shut down and its officers and investosr must be immediately imprisoned!

  • Karen Salenius

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Stop risking everyone’s lives with GMOs. You will contaminate the entire world with destructive engineered food so that no one will be safe. Do you want your loved ones to be used as guinea pigs in this big unethical and immoral experiment for which no one has willingly signed on? Listen to the people and do what is right. Believe me, what you are doing is not right.

  • http://www.robinpulley.com Robin Pulley

    I am against deregulation of the genetically modified corn. I feel there trickle down effect of the modifications will results in poorer food quality for eating… I like to quote an age old saying, “It is not nice to fool mother nature” she had it put together very well and balanced in the first place!.

  • http://www.outonatwig.net David A Weitzler

    Crops for the Insatiable Appetite

    In season pollen grains containing trillions of genetically engineered gametes slip across boundaries into small, private farms where they have there way with local daughter gametes. Far from offering to pay child support, one large agribusiness insists instead upon receiving a stud fee. As hoots go this would be grand, but our judicial system does one better. It holds the issue up to an earlier, erroneous decision and considers the required stud fee quite sensible.

    When confronted with the science of genetic engineering, the courts were blindsided by its many new, non-trivial techniques of altering genetic code and failed to separate those techniques from the meiotic process by which helical sentences have always been written. Those natural processes brought about the crucial replications of bio-technologically imprinted code, while furnishing the coat tails of their own mystery to those who had rewritten the same.

    I am writing all this down using the Roman alphabet. For a different purpose, I might write my information in the code of some computer language or even in the code of genetics. Were I to protect the originality of my ideas in the first two cases I would seek a copyright, but somehow the last case allows me to get a patent, granting me almost mythical powers. Certainly the method of placing my designed, genetic code into a reproducing cellular environment is patentable, a unique cellular environment may also be, but why isn’t the code itself subject instead to copyright laws? I only ask because—in spite of what they, who shan’t be named, have said—small changes do make differences and reverting here to copyright law may bring about just such a difference.

    As might this, imagine a box of cereal with ingredients: wheat, wheat, cane juice. . . ; where wheat is wheat that has been genetically rewritten rather than passed off as having been engineered. Were new helices mechanically imprinted their true nature as sentences of information, subject to copyright law, would be clear. Along with the papyrus scrolls, typewriters, and printing presses; a novel process for rewriting genetic code would itself be a patentable; but this gaff in patent law must be undone before we all are.

  • Rosemary Wilvert

    Protect our food from GE contamination!

  • Beverly Holingsworth

    STOP messing with NATURE and our FOOD SOURCE! You have NO RIGHT to do this! The PLANET does not BELONG to YOU! You are mearly a CARETAKER!

  • Erik Stark

    Thanks!! President Obama, gosh, I can’t wait to see what you do next!!! And to think only the Republicans could do outstandingly disgusting things that only benefit big business at the expense of everyone, and everything, else. Thanks for correcting my naivete.

  • Jorge Arenas

    This is highly dangerous, if commingling occurs, it would be a great disaster.

  • http://[email protected] walter zadan

    I am outraged that the Department Of Agriculture has approved the use of
    GE alfalfa and corn. This will certainly lead to the pollution of organic crops
    and destroy the organic foodindustry.

    Monsanto and DuPont are evil companies.

  • benjamin staub

    Lucas is obviously not interested in the well being of the community of this country, but only in his financial portfolio. He is an evil greedy pig, and should be punished.

    And Monsanto must be stopped. They are literally poisoning the world in which we, our children, and all future life depends on. Poison doesn’t just wash away, you buggars.

  • Joy E Goldberg

    This is beyond outrage. It is criminal.

  • brian laddy

    may those who took money from agribiz & big oil may your families die horrible deaths for your greed

  • Patricia Rosenblad

    The practice of allowing genetically engineered food is putting the health of our nation at risk. Now that the USDA is deregulating genetically engineered alfalfa, sugar beets, and now adding food grain corn is a travesty. This practice will end up hurting all of us, including those involved in creating such an irresponsible practice.

    As one of your constituents and an active member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, I strongly urge you to take a firm stand against these dangerous practices and keep our crops from all being contaminated by these GE foods. The money it might generate for agribusiness is not worth the risks.

  • Antonia Guerra

    The USDA, Congress, White House, Our Nation and The World need to understand the world of dirt, its microbiol fuel cells and its generating of physical, intellectual and emotional unity. Dirt, the movie exhibits and delivers the superb message. It serves as an awakening as to what we are destroying,
    our very existence. Wake up, change, and embrace sustainable best practices now.
    dirtthemovie.org

  • marieke furnee

    awful,awful…
    Now what?

    Change and hope are busted!

  • Darlene Fast

    Have we lost our minds? Please think ahead just a little bit to what might happen with all this GMO pollen floating around contaminating other crops. How long has this been studied? How do we know what the long term effects will be (outside of lining the pockets of Monsanto).

    The “regulating” agencies have become a joke, following whichever mega-corporation is paying. We have contaminated our food supply with pesticides, herbicides, untold hundreds of dyes and “flavoring” agents, preservatives – more names we can’t pronounce than whole food. Flouride in our water. Mercury in our teeth and in vaccines to “prevent disease.” Anyone from another planet would ask why we are trying to kill ourselves off by slow poisoning.

    Don’t any of you have children and grandchildren? We already have more children with allergies, autism, ADD and ADHD, asthma, cancers of every imaginable type – the list goes on and on and on. No one had these things when I was a child. Now they are so commonplace that no one even notices. Where does it stop? When the sickness industry is half the GNP instead of only a fifth?

    Oh, well, it’s making some folks rich. I hope you can all sleep at night (of course you can – just take a pill). Insanity.

  • Åke Wikström

    Please, in the name of God, stop all GMO. We have no idea what it will lead to. There are much better ways and they will win anyway. Remember Egypt!

  • Dianora Niccolini

    Monsanto, STOP POISINING US WITH YOU ENGINEERED CRAP!!

  • Bill

    Corn ethanol is not the answer to our energy problem. It uses oil to produce ethanol and ethanol in gasoline engines reduces MPG. Biodiesel from algae is a much better solution.

  • http://------------------- Lynn Sawyer

    KEEP HARMFUL CHEMICALS OUT OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY. WE MUST THINK OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN!!

  • Mary Dybdahl

    This is another tragic happening in the news. Our government must not just deregulate and leave no one to watch out for the people and animals food. Just because the corn is used for fuel doesn’t mean it will not contaminate all the fields of corn around it. The seeds will mix and soon there will be no pure natural food. Our children and the elderly will be the first to become sick. It seems some one in history said they did not have to take America by force. It looks like the new trick is to rob us of our strengh so we will be a push over. The water contaminated the food engineered & polluted the air contaminated. What are they thinking. Who cares about us. Mary Dybdahl

  • George

    This is an outrage and a direct attack on our health and the health of our food supply. We must fight this with everything at our disposal. Obama and his GMO Monsanto appointees are destroying organic agriculture brick by brick. Only madmen bent of destroying life would do such a thing.

  • Karen Appleby

    Have you ever seen a Sci-Fi movie where some mutant beings ended up taking over a nation and finally the world. It all started small but spread. This is the very thing that I see happening in our nation with the destruction of natural food products “to make them better!”

    Man never makes things better. He only disturbs and destroys everything he gets his hands on. He destroys the balance of nature. He destroys the ecosystems. He destroys the oceans, the lands, the forests. You name it and man has brought destruction to it.

    Please, please do not destroy our food! We need natural corn, natural sugar beets, natural wheat. We are allowing greedy companies that specialize in genetic engineering to change our crops. If this continues, we may not be able to return to what is good and healthful.

  • diana

    The US is beginning to make me sick with its policies. No pun intended.

  • Daniel Fratus

    I can’t believe you are doing what you are doing with such disregard for common sense and responsibillity. What ARE you thinking?

  • James salter

    This latest opening to GM bio-fuel corn is at best Insane As a long time farmer I know full well how far corn pollen can travel sometimes 100s of miles! This corn WILL, not just maybe, contaminate food corn.
    It appears there is corruption going on at the USDA and the head of the house committee on agriculture and those not looking out for American Citizens

  • Darlene Friese

    How simple it would be to just leave nature alone. For centuries people farmed in a natural way without the use of pesticides or the attempts of genetically engineered farming. Leave Mother Nature and God alone!

  • Laurie Elms

    Do not approve any GMO plants. They will ruin all of our food. You do eat don’t you? What will you tell your grandchildren when you ruin the food supply and your part in it.

  • Patricia Chang

    It is all about campaign donations; and nothing else, not health, not safety, not campaign promises. President Obama, you would sell us all down the river for a bent nickel!

  • http://www.oregonrural.org william whitaker

    This is an outrage. Is there no shame in the Obama/Bush administration?

  • Judy

    Stop this madness with the GMO crops before it is too late. Are the corporatists really trying to kill us? It now appears that this is NOT a conspiracy anymore!

  • Douglas Lara

    Monsanto is really spelled Monster, FYI.

  • Patricia Kanipe

    This is an outrage and should be illegal. Some of the worst news I’ve heard in months.

  • Warren Settlemire

    No! Not only No, But Hell No!

  • David Forde

    America is going to pay a very heavy price for this piece of political stupidity!!

  • Brian Melsky

    The deregulation of GMO BioFuel is abhorrent!!!

  • Suzy T

    Threatening edible corn with GM biofuel corn is one of the stupidest things I’ve heard yet, and I’m hearing plenty. One of the reasons Mexico is so unstable now is that the price of corn for tortillas went through the roof.

  • anni crofut

    Once again, we see politics and campaign donations generating policy that will affect the food industry and ultimately consumers’ health.

  • Alice Artzt

    I am really horrified at this propagation of GMO crops. It is the beginning of the end of edible food for the planet and will first kill off the polinators (bees and bats etc) and then the animals that eat it and then we who eat that food and also eat the animals that ate the food. This will be a huge disaster for the planet and will not be reversible.

    • hovaard

      the bees are being killed by bayer’s pesticide and have been for a long time. i bet the bat disease is caused by some weird scientist concoction also. no pollinators= all genetically modified everything. this is big pharma in action worldwide. then all nutrients will be in drug form, including vitamins regulated also by big pharma.

      • http://kingofminerals.co.uk alfiya

        the most dangerous things to come is their aim to have everything on the earth for themselves, and all they do is poison,kill and destroy. WHO THEY ARE??????????? who gave them right to destroy us? how many of them and how many of us? why we are letting them to do so? PEOPLE! THINK ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN! THEY WILL BE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF THE NATURE, NOT ABLE TO EAT REALFOOD! Parents what are you thinking?????????????

  • Randall Hartman

    We shouldn’t be making bio-fuels from corn anyway. We should be making them from ag waste, and food waste, etc. There are plenty of sources that are waste products anyway that could be used.

  • Ron Avila

    The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”
    Please care less for Monsanto and corporations and more for the health and welfare of our citizens.

  • Karen

    This is going over the top. I am shocked that the USDA has passed seemingly without review, without the consent of the people, not one but 3 new GE crops. Please stand up for the health of the nation as well as conventional and organic farmers alike, both nationally and internationally who will be adversely affected by this decision. Enough is enough, please avoid heeding to the will of powerful GE mulitnational companies and make decisions that reflect the opinion of the people, in representation of the people of this nation, not the fictitious entities in ‘whose’ interest genetically engineered crops benefit. Please take a stand and overturn these decisions.

  • franchezska zamora

    Stop Monsanto’s mutant genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn!
    Pay attention to science & not the corps that are putting $ in ur pockets! What ever happened to govt for the people by the people?

  • http://AllianceforNaturalHealthUSA Anita M. Buffer

    Will Profiteers ever stop finding new ways to make a profit at the expense of animals and humans? It’s time for Americans to put their foot down and stop allowing the rich to run our beautiful Nation into the ground.

  • Kelly

    This needs to Stop!!!

  • http://www.Thrive-Living.com Carolanne Wright

    This will be a disaster for our food supply. Besides lobbying, consider educating farmers about the financial, environmental, and health dangers of genetically modified crops. A grassroots campaign would be quite effective in educating those who are actually using these modified seeds.

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • http://[email protected] Carol Lapetino

    Deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets, and now bio-fuel corn—what’s next? We must overturn these disastrous decisions. I

  • Lola Terrell

    The wold has gone mad, and the corn with it, And the alfalfa. I truly feel that sooner or later (and hopefully very sooner!). Americans who value life and nature are going to be rallying big time in Our streets and squares. I think we are going to have to. The corporations have us trapped by their money, just like the Mubarak regime had the Egyptians trapped. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Hang

    Genetically modified food crops make organically grown food crops impossible because of cross pollination. We as consumers have the right to consume organic food if that is our choice. Please do not negate our choice with GMO contamination.

  • Janice Larson

    I am terribly disappointed in your utter lack of concern about what your decision re GE bio-fuel corn will do to our crops, our food supply. Please read the following quote:

    The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.”

    Please stop this irresponsible behavior!

  • Kent

    This is a bad idea. GE plants are not safe & could threaten the enviroment

  • George R Larko

    From what I’ve seen from the past preformence of Government agencies that between “Monsantos”, and a few other Agra business’ they pretty much control these Departments. it would be helpful to know what can be done; and who the common citizen could turn to for help!!! One of the more pressing delemas would be the long term affects of GE in the food chain.NO,one can tell us that a substance like ” Round Up Ready” products are safe!!! Wear are the FDA,USDA,CDC,and all the redt of our so called protectors when we need THEM !!!

  • Sharon

    Genetically engineered food? What am I, a test tube? I am a human being who needs natural food, not chemically enhanced and engineered food from Monsanto. Why is big business allowed to do do what ever they want by paying off members of our government. Stop this along with all genetically engineered food.

  • Sylta Kalmbach

    I cannot understand that if this type of corruption is a “KNOWN” factor by all concerned (Or is it?), how in a country like ours, that this disgraceful, well-disguised GRAFT and CORRUPTION is allowed to PROLIFERATE!!! WHERE ARE THE REST OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS??? DOES NOONE HAVE ANY SAY IN THIS?? Where is President Obama?? And why are we, the general public, just sitting back and watching all this happen??

  • http://www.mtenergie.com Magnus Mulliner

    Dear All,

    It’s NOW time to WAKE UP and start to make SMARTER choices. We can only do this once we are conscious/mindful of how we vote. We vote daily by where we place our feet, what we watch, where we put our $ & £ and ultimately what we put in our mouths!
    My invite is for anyone reading this to EMPOWER themselves and vote as local as you can. Get to know your local farmers, buy locally grown produce.
    Too many people are victims of Big Pharma and GMO. Our time is NOW to make the necessary distinctions in our lives that will allow our children and their children to have a healthy birthright.
    As always, have FUN and live everyday in a loving attitude of gratitude.
    Yours in health and in happiness
    Magnus A. L. Mulliner

  • barbara williams

    our government is wrong, so wrong. they want to kill most of us off, so they will have more money to throw away on their own stupid agendas, and their pensions and health insurance.

    • barbara williams

      I don’t care if my reply isnt printed. I will not moderate my thoughts or words, many others feel the same as I.

  • John Dierig

    Once again political contributions persuaded these CORRUPT politicians to endorse bad science!

  • JOHN CLYMER

    IT’S A HUGE MISTAKE TO PLAY WITH NATURE LIKE THIS.

  • janet

    And why shouldn’t we be equally as concerned about the “food” GMO corn? I don’t understand. I do understand it’s dangerous to our health and environment, why the double standard?

  • Mary Meier

    The recent push to deregulate GMO crops is unconscionable, the reasons given lacking in veracity. These crops are not better, they do not give a higher yield than other crops. They do contaminate the soil, they contaminate the ground water, and they contaminate nearby crops. They, due to the increase herbicides needed for these crops,are dangerous to humans and animals. The Southwest area of the US has had a plague of “Pig Weed” due to the installation of the GMO crops. These weeds can take over a field within a year, nothing can kill them and their root systems depleat the soil of any nutrients. These crops are bad for the environment and the living creatures living within, this includes people.

  • Jeanne Bellinger

    Monsanto is changing the world in a negative way. The USDA does not always have the best interests of the public in mind. I am very concerned about the future we are leaving for our children and grand-children.

  • leslie schneider

    Overturn the USDA’s decision to allow the deregulation of the industrial corn which is genetically engineered. Do you listen to anyone that you were put in place to represent ? It appears that you do not care about doing what is right for the health of everyone concerned. Prove that you do instead of letting Monsanto and agribusiness dictate your vote !!!!!!

  • Jennifer

    Again we are faced with Mindless lack of concern for life and intentional murder.

  • Cheryl Baker

    There is no way to prevent cross-pollination between GM and non-GM corn. Corn is a wind-pollinated crop and the pollen can travel fom field to field quite easily. The same is true with alfalfa, an insect-pollinated crop, where the pollen can travel just as far as the insect carrying it. The danger of contamination of non-genetically altered species is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.”
    Five major US trade associations whose member companies process and export corn and corn products agree. They say that this GM corn—if inadvertently commingled with general commodity corn at even very low levels—will have significant adverse effects on food product quality and performance.

  • Laurie A Main

    Please help us stop this ongoing travesty of our rights. The FDA and huge corporations are being allowed to contaminate our food legally! I personally do not wish to eat ‘fuel’.

  • Thomas Young

    The farmers and populations who stand to suffer most from GMO technologies are those who are accustomed to subsistence farming methods requiring them to save seeds, compost, and practice integrated pest management. Farmers who have switched to GMO seeds have become dependent on companies such as Monsanto to supply them with new seed annually, in addition to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides required to grow many GMO crops. This dependence creates a cycle of debt for formerly self-reliant farmers.

    In the United States, the patenting of GMO seeds has provided companies like Monsanto legal leverage to litigate against farmers who save their own seeds, if their seed becomes contaminated through cross-pollination with GMO crops. There is no clear intention by GMO scientists to solve food and hunger crises when GMO crops are creating an increasing reliance of farmers on non-renewable resources and unsustainable farming methods, and GMO seed corporations are engaging in frivolous lawsuits against farmers who are practicing the time-honored tradition of seed saving.

    What we need is an alternative to the current for-profit model of GMO seed production and distribution. We need a non-profit organization dedicated to developing new food crop varieties that can be cultivated using traditional and organic methods, and whose genes are not protected by patents and frivolous lawsuits, permitting subsistence farmers to save seeds and control our own destinies. As long as the technology of GMO crops is sown by the hands of for-profit corporations, everyone except for these companies and their stockholders will continue to be on the losing end of this technology, whose benefits we should all be in a position to reap.

  • Kenneth Kelly

    Corn-based ethanol was and is a bad idea, but this is far worse. The government and the chemical companies need to get off the farmer’s back.

  • http://[email protected] barbara billek

    Please OPPOSE deregulation of GE alfalfa

  • Norine

    Corn is wind pollinated. Are these people crazy?

  • http://N/A Robert McCart

    How in the world, could you deregulate putting Genetically engineered food out into the world. This has to be one of the most dangerous decisions yet. I don’t think it should done, let alone deregulated.

  • lynda mink

    we are destroying our food sources by doing this… we must stop before it is too late to go back…

  • John Zeigler

    There is no stupidity like human stupidity.

  • Debbie Starks

    PLEASE leave the organic foods alone. I don’t want genetically engineered alfalfa, sugarbeets & now bio-fuel corn. This does not help overall health of our country!
    Thank you,
    Debbie Starks

  • Kinga Salierno

    I for one DO NOT want to eat genetically altered foods!! I don’t understand the purpose-do these politicians know what the results and effects are on the human body after ingesting, nature and animals? No – don’t mess with it!!

  • Karin Braunsberger

    Please protect our health and stop deregulating genetically modified crops. You are supposed to represent us and not corporations.

  • caroly lehman

    We need to let our crop seeds in their natural state. Anytime you alter a product from its
    natural origin leads to disastrous consequences. We have to stop these practices and start
    thinking of our citizens health safety and protecting our organic farming. Monsanto is a huge
    company whose only interest is profit. Politicans who support Monsanto and agencies such as the USDA are thinking only of their own selfish interests. Their own children and grandchildren
    will be effected by altered crops. What’s next?

  • Susan

    Eugenics is a mighty big industry just google it to find out who is involved. Be ready for a rude awakening.

  • Charlotte Wales

    As consumers and as parents, we must DEMAND that we have access to clean, non-gmo foods and seeds. It is our RIGHT to have clean, healthy foods, not forced to eat/grow synthetic, unhealthy crops just so Monsanto, et al, make obscene profits worldwide. We have to JUST SAY NO – no to chemical-soaked foods!!! If more people will buy local, fresh foods, and also start small home gardens, you can then be assured of healthy foods, as well as support small and parttime farmers. We have to also be active online – – – I’m an online activist, every single day, on this issue and others. Email corporations, politicians, newspapers – let them know what YOU think; they do look at numbers – emails, phone calls, etc. – get others involved; it’s the only way we’ll win -

  • Andrea Humble

    This is obviously a conflict of interest and Luca should not even be involved. Do not be a part of this. Protect the environment and the people.

  • Debra Sandoval

    Is this a free country anymore?….Obviously no one is listening to the people, to us
    …we may have the right to voice our opinions on issues, but nothing is being done about this. The people who are behind this must have an alternate food supply or they love money so much that it has blinded their judgement to their own demise and that of their children. This is unconstitutional..to effect our food supply like this without our approval!
    Our government paid all these farmers to grow bio-fuel corn……and now we find out that a lot of this corn is also bio-engineered…it has been growing here unrestricetd already before this alert came out. The government doesn’t seem to be concerned about getting vehicles to burn this fuel…now we have a glut of this corn and they want people to eat it. Anyone feel like having nice fresh corn on the cob this summer after reading this?
    Where do you think all this corn syrup came from ….and now we see the propaganda about sugar is sugar on TV.
    What about the family farmers who have been talked into planting the GE foods???? Once people find out their crops are GE…who really wants to buy their produce? So then they’re wiped out.
    NIce plan here…..it seems to me that this is a sneaky way to force GE foods on people…what are you going to eat, if you don’t eat GE foods? The question is why are we doing this? We’re unable to grow healthy hatural food now? GE foods are going to end world hunger, too, right?
    This already happened in Canada a few years back….I don’t know what the health consequences have been, but the organic crops next to the GE crops were contaminated.
    There will be no natural foods left in the world…….this is not what we want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The people behind this have stock and other interests in Bio-tech….they want to ride the Bio-tech wave to additonal wealth….this wealth is going to exact a heavy price….our very lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stop this GE and cloned foods movement now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maria B

    Please help us stop this ongoing travesty of our rights. The FDA and huge corporations are being allowed to contaminate our food legally! I personally do not wish to eat ‘fuel’.

  • Valerie Campbell

    All these GMO products scare me. What is done now can never be undone.

  • Robert Cruder

    “Organic” is much like “Kosher”, a religious rule not backed by science that allows some producers to charge far more for a similar product.

    The “Organic” producers make unsubstantiated claims to frighten consumers away from virtually identical non-organic products such as GMO corn and reap a profit from doing so. When their own varieties (of mixed but indeterminate genetic origin) risk acquiring some genes from engineered varieties they complain that this will destroy their industry.

    It will only harm the organic industry if organic consumers acting out of irrational fear of even the tiniest trace of engineered genes stop purchasing the organic product.

    How could that ever happen?

  • Jim Healey

    These Government organizations are supposed to protect Americans. Since These, FDA, USDA, have been infiltrated by Corporations with in their ranks. We the people must demand this practice ends. Corporate donations should never influence these agencies. Welcome to a Government that is about to Doom all inhabitants of America and else where with these GM products. We must vote these people out of office. We must demand no corporations are allowed to make decisions when it comes to these organizations, or we shut them down and create non profit organizations that have the final say as to what gets planted for all consuming mamals.

  • angelika

    simply put- not good

  • http://Yahoo.com Rabiyatu Benyameen

    We’re quickly becoming a Frankenstein food producing society strongly influenced by bureaucratic policies which don’t care about the well being of its citizens. Shame on you USDA for this deregulation and your selfish agenda to continously promote capitalistic control over peoples livelihood. This is not a democracy. It’s a dictatorship