I heard this interview last night and was furious at the attitude taken by Organic Valley and several organic organizations on the topic of GMO alfalfa, which the FDA wants to permit unconditionally. The transcript is available at
In the interview on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" about the introduction of GMO alfalfa into dairy feed. In the interview was the following segment:
Mr. GEORGE SIEMON (Chief Executive Officer, Organic Valley): "You know, there's reality, and there's perception. And perception is consumers are saying they don't want any pollution in organic products, and whether that's realistic or not is another matter, but for sure consumer perception is a real concern."
My letter to Organic Valley is below. I encourage you to write one of your own!
Frankly, the quote sounds as if your company agrees with Charles Benbrook (Chief Scientist, Organic Center) that if we insist on milk and eggs from animals that eat absolutely no GMO genes, we''ll have to get that food from Europe. Apparently you are acknowledging the superior European standards, and willing to support lesser quality in our country. My reality is that I do NOT consider GMO acceptable in any degree in my organic purchases. My legitimate interests and preferences should not be discarded as "perceptions" that simply need to be worked around. Don't assume my ignorance, indifference, or passivity as a consumer. I am one of many, many, who wont "settle" for GMO foods in any form.
3 months ago