A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Off Topic-Save Alfalfa-Not the one from the Little Rascals

This is not a usual topic for Hollywood in Sturbridge. No discussion of movies or restaurants. No, this is an appeal to those who care about the quality of their, well my food anyway.

we live on what we pretend is a farm. We raise a lot of vegetables and sell some products at a farmers' market. We also keep a family cow. Our stony land can provide forage, but we could not raise the feed for the winter, therefore we buy hay. We do not feed our cow and calf grain as that does not provide proper nutritional balance. For more information on that subject, here is a link.

We do feed a small amount of alfalfa in the form of pellets. This is done more for management. If we need to inspect them or to keep the cow happy during milking, it is a way to do it without grain.

What appears to be happening is that the Biotech Industry is putting the pressure on the administration to approve the use of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) Roundup Ready ™ Alfalfa in time for spring planting. This link is an alert on the subject from the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

According to the alert, Despite three District Court rulings and a landmark Supreme Court decision that makes planting GE alfalfa illegal and requires USDA to formulate a valid management plan, the agency is going full steam ahead putting the deregulation of GE alfalfa on a fast track. While conceding for the first time that GE contamination of organic and GE-free crops and markets is a major problem in the U.S., USDA's court-ordered 2300 page Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) relies on faulty data and fails to take into account the scientifically-validated promiscuous nature of GE gene flow in crops. It also overlooks the widespread corruption of conventional seed varieties by GE strains (such as occurred with StarLink corn and LibertyLink rice) along with documented severe economic injury to farmers and markets. And, there is no mention at all of possible health consequences from eating GM crops.

It appears that the administration will be giving a gift to Monsanto. The alert has steps for you to request that big bio not get this gift. I urge you to click on the link and read it and take the steps it urges.

I intend to, even though my guess is the fix is in. does Hope and Change mean you've got hope if you've got the some change?

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