CEO Statement on the Release of Roundup Ready® Alfalfa

La Farge, Wis.
January 28, 2011
Contact P.R. Elizabeth Horton
work 207-838-0084 La Farge, Wis.

Yesterday, the USDA announced its decision to allow the commercial sale of Roundup ReadyŽ Alfalfa throughout the United States. I personally have been involved in the fight against GMOs for many years and was very disappointed that the biotech industry once again strong-armed their products through the approval process. In 1988, when Organic Valley started, more than 2,000 farmers a week were losing their farms. Today, we are saddened that the industrialization of agriculture is still going on; however, it is important to remember that Organic continues to offer a lifeline to farmers who are choosing to work with Mother Nature rather than trying to change it. We will keep engaging and challenging the USDA in a true and meaningful conversation about coexistence and protection of non-GMO farming. We are counting on our consumers to vote with their dollars and show the USDA that the future of agriculture in America is more than GMO food. Consumers deserve to have a say in the food they consume. Now more than ever, Organic is the best choice.  

- George Siemon, founding farmer and C-E-I-E-I-O

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