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Washington GMO Labeling Bill Coming Soon, Organic Farmers Still Victims of GMO Contamination

Posted By admin On September 15, 2013 @ 5:52 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Christina Sarich 
Natural News [1]
September 15, 2013

If you haven’t heard of Washington’s Initiative 522, it’s the state’s version of a GMO labeling act that will go into effect if enough signatures are received – and could go into effect in July of 2015. The 522 Initiative [2] is getting heated enough, but extra controversy surrounds the law due to its implications [3] for Northwest hay exporters – including those who grow alfalfa, since they say overseas customers don’t want GM crops.

This animal-feed crop, but also an important cover crop, has been grown legally in the US for years, and is often exported to Japan, but there are eastern parts of the state of Washington where this GMO crop wasn’t supposed to be growing. As with many other GMO crop-contaminations, it seems genetically modified alfalfa has spoiled a farmer’s crops. His crop is now being tested, and if confirmed, it will be the second known case [4] of GM contamination in a major American crop since May, when university scientists confirmed the presence of a banned GM wheat growing [5] in a farmer’s field in Oregon.

Keeping non-GMO crops and GMO crops separate is a major exportation concern – since those who are importing non-GMO crops want assurance that they are indeed getting what they pay for. For those who are unaware – it can be increasingly difficult to keep the two separate since cross-pollination occurs with wind, bees, butterflies, etc. and we can’t exactly control these aspects of mother nature.

Initiative 522 would require farmers to label their GMO crops, but even organic farmers could face liability issues and business detriment if their crops are soiled with GMO through cross-pollination.

The worst part? They may not even be protected from Monsanto contaminating their crops, legal or otherwise. There have been numerous cases where Monsanto’s GM seeds end up drifting into organic fields. You would think that the organic farmer, if any party, could take some action, but Monsanto is actually the one that would sue and (probably) win. In an effort to protect themselves, U.S. organic farmers tried to create some legal shield from being sued in such a case, but an appeals court sided with Monsanto [6].

This post originally appeared at Natural Society [7]

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[1] Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/042061_Free_Flow_of_Information_Act_alternative_media_censorship.html

[2] 522 Initiative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Initiative_522,_2012

[3] due to its implications: http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-washington-state-testing-for-gmo-alfalfa/

[4] second known case: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/may/29/oregon-genetically-modified-wheat-monsanto

[5] of a banned GM wheat growing: http://naturalsociety.com/usda-genetically-modified-wheat-escapes-test-fields/

[6] appeals court sided with Monsanto: http://naturalsociety.com/court-of-appeals-sides-monsanto-organic-farmers/

[7] Natural Society: http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-alfalfa-grown-washington-gmo-farmers/

[8] Biotech industry wants organic farmers to pay for GMO contamination of their own crops: http://www.prisonplanet.com/biotech-industry-wants-organic-farmers-to-pay-for-gmo-contamination-of-their-own-crops.html

[9] Court of Appeals Sides with Monsanto Over Organic Farmers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/court-of-appeals-sides-with-monsanto-over-organic-farmers.html

[10] Judge Throws out Organic Farmers’ Recent Case Against Monsanto: http://www.prisonplanet.com/judge-throws-out-organic-farmers%e2%80%99-recent-case-against-monsanto.html

[11] Organic groups, farmers file preemptive lawsuit against Monsanto to protect themselves from inevitable destruction by GMOs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/organic-groups-farmers-file-preemptive-lawsuit-against-monsanto-to-protect-themselves-from-inevitable-destruction-by-gmos.html

[12] Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides ‘trespass’ and contaminate their fields: http://www.prisonplanet.com/court-rules-organic-farmers-can-sue-conventional-gmo-farmers-whose-pesticides-trespass-and-contaminate-their-fields.html

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