SAY NO to GMO - Reverse the Decision to Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa and Sugarbeets!

The USDA has reviewed Monsanto’s brand of Roundup Ready alfalfa and sugarbeets—genetically engineered to withstand the harsh herbicide glyphosphate, a.k.a. Roundup—and decided that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa did not need to be regulated at all, and that sugarbeets will be “partially deregulated”: USDA will let farmers plant GE sugarbeets if they obey rules designed to prevent the plant’s wind-blown pollen from reaching organic fields—though if the rules themselves prove ineffective, organic sugarbeets will be contaminated.

Roundup Ready alfalfa and sugarbeets will spread, and will easily contaminate non-GE crops, including organic crops—which will, of course, render them non-organic. And the lack of regulation will increase herbicide use of up to 23 million pounds per year.

We need to blanket Congress with protests, asking senators and representatives and oversight committees to review the deregulation decision. We need to show Congress that there is a steep political price to be paid for supporting genetically engineered organisms, especially alfalfa and sugarbeets. And we need to put pressure on the USDA and the Obama administration. Tell them how angry you are, and ask them to step in.


  • President Joseph 'Joe' R. Biden
  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack


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Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa and Sugarbeets

Dear [Decision Maker],

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