Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 in Farming, Food & Drink.
Michael Pollan, food activist and writer, is one of several people attaching their names to a letter written in response to the USDA approving genetically modified alfalfa.
Roudup-ready alfalfa, produced by Monsanto and Forage Genetics International, is said to yield faster-growing strands and fewer weeds with every bale, but opponents say the crops have the potential to contaminate nearby organic crops and lead to the development of herbicide-resistant pests.
Alfalfa isn’t (normally) eaten by humans. It’s primarily fed to cows. So what does that have to do with vegetarians? Pollan thinks organic milk could be in jeopardy.
“Consumers don’t eat [genetically modified] alfalfa, of course,” Pollan said, “But it’s the main feed for dairy cows. And organic milk, one of the most successful and popular organic foods, could be compromised if the organic cows eat non-organic feed.”
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