The Oregonian published a story involving a judge’s decision that federal officials had not properly assessed the environmental impacts of approving a genetically modified alfalfa seed for planting this year.  The claims are that the plants will pollinate conventional varieties of alfalfa. 

Judge Rejects Federal OK of Modified Crop  

Note:  More generally, questions persist about “Roundup Ready” crops and whether this gene might spread into native communities of plants, even weeds. 

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5 Responses to Roundup Ready Alfalfa Not NEPA Ready

  1. Alan Gregory says:

    Scientists at Cornell University in New York State looked into GM corn’s effects on monarch butterflies a few years ago. Here’s a link:

  2. kt says:

    And think of all those Wyoming feedlot elk, potentially destined to dine on GMO alfalfa —-

    Maybe it will make their antlers stunted. That would very likely quickly cull some of the Elkhunters from the Tag Herd …

  3. elkhunter says:

    Usually its water that stunts growth.. So you would probably want to wish for a drought through the summer, that would do it better than the alfalfa. Especially if you could limit the drought to units 58 and 61. Those are the top elk units in WY. That would cull some hunters for sure!


  4. Denise Johnson says:

    You all crack me up. How about this thought!
    If Monsanto owns the patent…then do they also own the elk who eat the alfalfa? Think they will file a law suit on the RMEF???? Could we be onto something here…

  5. be says:

    there’s also this story on GMO corn causing liver & kidney problems in rats –


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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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