Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Threatens the Future of Organic Meat and Dairy
Organic farmers say that the use of herbicides is not necessary to control weeds in alfalfa feeds.The spread of pollen and seed from Monsanto-made genetically engineered(GE) RoundUp Ready alfalfa into non-GE commercial and organic alfalfa crops might eliminate the U.S. supply of organic alfalfa, and lead to overuse of potentially toxic Glyphosate based herbicides, said organic interest groups such as the Center for Food Safety, the Northeast Organic Farming Association and the National Organic Coalition.
Farmers and research groups do not agree that GE alfalfa is safe or sound science.In the same way bacteria will adapt to anti-biotics, certain hardy weed species have developed resistance to Glyphosate. When weed species become Glyphosate resistant, farmers have to use more toxic herbicides, such as 2,4D a possible carcinogen in the human body.
The website Food Freedom assembled a series of interviews with Argentineans effected by heavy herbicide spraying over the last several decades. The affected populations had been exposed to heavy Glyphosate use on GT soy crops. The results were birth deformities, miscarriages, hydrocephalus (water on the brain), cancer and skin diseases.