The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto

“The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.”

— Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011

by Ronnie Cummins
Published: Jan. 28, 2011 – Counterpunch.org

In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack. Read the rest of this entry »