This a small excerpt from “Brave New Hay: Is Monsanto’s genetic engineering erasing the line between what is natural and what is not?” by Matt Jenkins, Tucson Weekly; June 21, 2007.In 2007, Matt Jenkins wrote about GE Alfalfa:
“Over the past decade, genetic engineering has profoundly transformed American agriculture. Monsanto stands at the forefront of that endeavor. Today, roughly half of the U.S. corn crop, three quarters of the cotton and 85 percent of the soybeans are genetically modified in some way.
“Alfalfa–the favored fare of dairy cows, beef cattle and health nuts–is an unlikely flash point for the controversy over genetically modified crops. Yet the legal fight over Roundup Ready alfalfa attests to just how far Monsanto’s massive foray into crop genetics has reached–and it is just one piece of a pair of larger, interrelated controversies in which the company is now entangled … [Monsanto] has intervened not only in the genetic architecture of the nation’s food and feed crops, but in the very business of American farming itself.”
Read the full article here: “Brave New Hay: Is Monsanto’s genetic engineering erasing the line between what is natural and what is not?” by Matt Jenkins, Tucson Weekly; June 21, 2007
This is a good companion piece to read along with the one by Russ in 2013: “GMO Alfalfa Contaminates Crops and the Environment,” by Russ, Volatility; September 20, 2013.