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Volume 1   April 1, 2011

Now USDA Has Deregulated Genetically Engineered Bio-Fuel Corn!
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The US Department of Agriculture will deregulate a Genetically-Engineered (GE) corn that is more efficient in making the bio-fuel, ethanol. This corn is engineered with an enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar.

The Department of Agriculture concludes this GE corn crop will not pose risk to regular corn plants.

But natural health advocates and the corn industry are very concerned. The Center for Food Safety says that bio-fuel corn “will inevitably contaminate food-grade corn, and could well trigger substantial rejection in our corn export markets, hurting farmers.

Experts also add that the danger of contaminating natural crops is extremely high, despite half-hearted attempts at “usage guidelines.”

This threat to edible corn comes on top of GE alfalfa produced by Monsanto. Monsanto's altered alfalfa is a HUGE threat to organic agriculture. It will most likely destroy all organic alfalfa because the mutant crop is invasive, and its seeds are easily spread by the wind,

Organic alfalfa, in turn, is essential for organic meat production.

It was the House Committee on Agriculture that pushed for GE corn deregulation. Committee chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said, “I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.”

Monsanto was a top contributor to Lucas’s 2010 campaign. In addition, individuals and action committees associated with Monsanto donated another $11,000. Lucas also received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career.

Lucas was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee in December.

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