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Genetically Modified Alfalfa Officially on the Way

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has officially announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the unrestricted planting of genetically modified alfalfa sold by Monsanto and Forge Genetics. The move comes in spite of protests from organic groups and public health advocates. The GM alfalfa is designed to survive applications of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Alfalfa is the United States' fourth biggest crop behind corn, soybeans, and wheat. Its pollen can be carried by bees and other insects for five miles, making it all but certain that the GM crop will contaminate much of the country's conventional alfalfa.

According to The Atlantic:

"Widespread application of Roundup, Monsanto's trade name for the weed-killing chemical called glyphosate, has already led to the proliferation of 'superweeds' that have mutated and can survive applications of the chemical."

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