When consumers purchase organic produce, they expect to avoid vegetables and fruits that have been genetically modified or sprayed with dangerous pesticides. The unsettling reality, however, is that cross-contamination between GM plants and conventional or organic plants is not only possible—it is already happening.
What is particularly alarming is that GM plants and non-GM
plants do not need to be close together for cross-pollination to occur. GM rapeseed
is spread thousands of miles along places where it’s spilled. Its pollen can
also travel thousands of miles. Cross-pollination is likely to occur in weedy
relatives of cruciferous vegetables growing in and around cultivated areas. It’s
not known whether contamination of organic vegetables has already occurred. The
US government isn’t monitoring GM canola and isn’t interested in finding out
what is happening.
Write to the USDA and tell them to stop ignoring this problem!
Please investigate GM contamination of organic crops
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]