Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Policy Shift on GM Alfalfa

I received one of those ‘funnies’ emails this morning with the above and other signs from churches in America. I thought this one was particularly relevant to my blog because scientists use artificial intelligence to produce genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but natural stupidity keeps them from realising that what they are doing is nothing more than destroying life.

However, my next email also came from America and had some rather positive news on GMOs in an article called Policy Shift Concerns Biotech Companies by Philip Brasher of the Brasher reports that the Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack announced that the US Department of Agriculture is considering restrictions on where GM alfalfa can be grown. In the past, approved GM crops have been permitted unrestricted production.

The extent of current day stupidity shines through though with mention of more GM products awaiting USDA approval such as apples that don’t brown and roses with altered colours, as if artificial colouring isn’t bad enough!

It seems that Vilsack has in the past strongly supported GMOs in our food supply with the worn out claim that this technology will help feed the world when the population has grown. The population has grown since this claim was first made a decade or two ago, but GMOs have not helped the undernourished in the world yet. Now because of increased pressure and litigation from groups representing non-GM and organic farmers, Vilsack is finding that a one-sided approach is becoming more difficult to maintain.

The old argument that corporations don’t need regulation was used by Jeff Rowe, vice president for biotech affairs at Pioneer Hi-Bred.

The USDA is expected to announce its decision on the alfalfa rules some time after 24th January.

Restricting GM crops to specific areas is a positive vision ... a little step in the right direction. In keeping with my 2010 Retreat, my affirmation to use while meditating on (or thinking about) this positive vision is ‘the space for natural crops is infinite’ or ‘ is infinite’.