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Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests

5/17/2014 2:24:49 PM - Grassroots activism against transgenic encroachment has paid off in Canada, where licenses for genetically modified (GM) alfalfa have been put on hold, according to new reports. Massive protests in Montreal, Levis, Quebec City, Toronto and as many as 35 other towns and cities across Canada caused U.S.-based...

Canada decides not to allow release of GM alfalfa this spring

4/21/2014 - Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be available to Canadian growers this spring. Farmers from Ontario to Manitoba have decried the release of this genetically modified strain of alfalfa into agriculture, citing contamination problems. The National Farmers Union of Canada has brought forth valid concerns...

Center for Food Safety sues to force USDA to explain why it approved genetically modified alfalfa

4/12/2014 - A food safety organization has filed suit in federal court in a bid to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hand over documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved GM alfalfa despite several concerns about its environmental safety. The organization, the Washington-based...

Improving your health with alfalfa sprouts

10/25/2013 - Alfalfa sprouts are perhaps one of the most popular sprouts worldwide. They are easy to cultivate; in fact, many people sprout alfalfa seeds at home. They are a great addition to sandwiches and salads, and besides being a delicious nutty tasting vegetable, alfalfa sprouts also have a myriad of health-enhancing...

Alfalfa's high saponin content can help prevent cardiovascular problems

10/19/2013 - Apparently, evidence has been found in Iran that proves alfalfa has been cultivated for well over three thousand years. Its given name, which originates from the Arabic language, basically means "Father of all foods." The alfalfa plant has very deep roots that have been found up to sixty feet well into...

USDA approves Monsanto alfalfa despite presence of infertility-causing pathogens

3/7/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently deregulated Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa, but two weeks before the department's chief, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, made his decision, a senior soil expert alerted USDA to a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen that had been found in high concentrations...

Could GM alfalfa take down the entire Canadian organic farming industry?

10/28/2012 - Organic farmers throughout the Canadian province of Ontario are counting the days until they officially lose their organic certifications as a result of potential commercial plantings of genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa. Like in the U.S., government officials in Canada recently approved plantings of...

Exposed: Monsanto planted GM alfalfa before USDA approved it, federal agency knew all along

5/22/2012 8:32:01 PM - A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the disastrous decision to deregulate Monsanto's Roundup-Ready alfalfa, even though the agency's sham of an environmental impact report failed to prove that GM alfalfa is at all safe or necessary. It has now come to light...

Alfalfa proven to lower cholesterol and shows promise in healing lupus

1/6/2012 12:43:51 PM - Alfalfa (medicago sativa L.) is probably one of the most widely recognized foods in the natural health community. Alfalfa sprouts are found in practically every grocery store in the U.S., and alfalfa grass powder is well known as a green superfood. Alfalfa is an antipyretic, which means it is a fever...

Genetically modified alfalfa and Roundup herbicides may create an agricultural disaster

11/29/2011 - Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been extended to alfalfa. This could be the beginning of a disastrous domino effect on our food crop and livestock systems. The GMO hazards have gone beyond the need for labeling our consumption needs. Genetically engineered alfalfa is a far more serious threat...

Farmers and consumer groups file lawsuit against USDA over GM alfalfa approval

3/31/2011 - The heinously irresponsible -- and by many accounts illegal -- decision by the US Department of Agriculture to approve Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa will likely go down in history as the single most illicit scandal to decimate organic and non-GM agriculture. The Center for Food Safety...

GM alfalfa cannot be contained, will spread everywhere, say experts

2/17/2011 - Ever since Obama-appointed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) head Tom Vilsack deregulated Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa, there has been a firestorm of controversy over the long-term negative consequences of this thoughtless decision. Various experts in the field of agriculture have...

Organic giants Whole Foods, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield accused of compromising on GMOs

2/11/2011 - Some of the nation's largest and most widely known producers and retailers of natural and organic products have decided to push for a compromise with the Monsanto-influenced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the issue of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). In the wake of the recent decision...

Monsanto nation: Exposing Monsanto's minions

2/9/2011 - My expose last week, The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now? (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm) has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves...

Stop genetically engineered alfalfa

2/3/2011 8:51:08 PM - Despite the risks, the USDA has now made it clear that they are not interested in regulating Monsanto's GE Alfalfa. They approved it January 27th for planting this spring by farmers with no restrictions. Tell President Obama that you don't want organic and conventional agriculture contaminated by...

Fight back against Obama's deregulation of GM alfalfa

2/3/2011 - On January 27, 2011, the Obama Administration caved to Monsanto and decided to fully deregulate its genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa, a horrendous move that threatens to destroy not only the entire organic industry, but also the integrity of the whole of agriculture. And according to reports, the Obama...

USDA deregulates GE alfalfa; opens door to new era of widespread genetic pollution of crops

1/28/2011 - After months of pretending to review public feedback on the issue of GE alfalfa, the USDA has announced a surprise lifting of all restrictions on the genetically engineered crop, effectively allowing anyone to plant GE alfalfa anywhere, without any restriction. This is the USDA's surrender to Monsanto,...

Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

1/28/2011 - The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. On top of this perfect storm, the USDA now wants to approve Roundup Ready alfalfa, which will exacerbate this calamity....

Supreme Court rules against ban on GMO alfalfa, but requires complete safety study first

8/8/2010 - The battle continues as agri-giant Monsanto pushes to have its genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa approved for use in the U.S. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Monsanto by ruling against a lower court's nationwide ban on the GM alfalfa; however, the court is requiring the U.S. Department of...

Over Two Hundred Thousand demand USDA ban GE alfalfa once and for all

3/13/2010 - A few weeks ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting comments concerning the legality of planting Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE), "RoundUp Ready" alfalfa. Over 200,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, organic producers, and regular citizens have...

Help Now and Say No to Genetically Modified Alfalfa

2/16/2010 - In 2006, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Monsanto's genetically modified (GM), "Roundup Ready" alfalfa without conducting a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and The Cornucopia Institute jointly filed a lawsuit against the USDA...

FDA Says Alfalfa Sprouts are Source of Salmonella Outbreak

4/28/2009 - Alfalfa sprouts are extremely beneficial for our health but now it seems like they are causing trouble. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced on Sunday to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts, saying they may be contaminated and could cause salmonella....

Four Inexpensive Whole Food Supplements

10/15/2008 - There is no denying that times are tough for everyone. Some people may be considering cutting back on the amount they spend for supplements, thinking that they really aren't seeing any results, so why keep buying them. This may be a good time to find out that all the nutrients needed for complete and...

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