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Opinion: Farm Bureau urges rejection of GMO amendment

For the last few years, the news has been positive for the agricultural industry here in Connecticut. The number of farmers markets across the state is on the rise. Our friends and neighbors are committed to buying our products.

The legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reestablished the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development—aimed at growing the industry. And, a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that for the first time in decades the number of farms is on the rise in Connecticut.

But that trend could be reversed if a piece of legislation before the General Assembly this session becomes law.

Lawmakers have added an amendment to a pesticide bill that would ban the use and sale of some grasses, even grasses that have been genetically engineered to be more environmentally friendly or need less water. The amendment calls for an outright ban on a product that isn’t even on the market yet.

Henry N. Talmage is the executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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2 responses to “Opinion: Farm Bureau urges rejection of GMO amendment”

  1. Diana Reeves

    Thank you to Connecticut legislators for being the voice of reason and understanding that we don’t need GMO Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass. Allowing this onto the market is irresponsible and driven by corporate greed. Common sense should prevail. The last thing we need is more Roundup in our bodies, our yards, well water and in our environment. A recently released study with samples from 2007 in Mississippi found glyphosate in 75% of the air & rain samples tested. Thanks to GE farming, those amounts must be increasing. It’s in the air, the rain, our water, and now… Yesterday the results of a pilot study on breast milk & urine were released. 3 out of 10 breast milk samples tested were found to contain “high” levels of glyphosate, while urine samples had levels 10 times higher than those found in Europe. Roundup was recently found to be the most toxic of 9 herbicides and pesticides tested. We now know that it bioaccumulates in our bodies. Stop the madness. BAN GMO grass before it can be planted in our state.

    If the Connecticut Farm Bureau wants to do something useful, how about teaching seminars on organic lawn care. More importantly, I suggest you get to work on getting Roundup out of our food.

    REFERENCES: Study on Mississippi air & rain testing: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24549493

    Pilot testing of breast milk:
    http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/04/06/worlds-number-1-herbicide-discovered-u-s-mothers-breast-milk/

    Roundup Most Toxic of 9 Herbicides & Pesticides Tested: http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2014/15279-pesticide-approvals-misleading-and-roundup-most-toxic-of-9-pesticides-tested

  2. Silence Dogood

    how do you get rid of a moss invasion without serious chems?

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