For 8,000 years, wheat has served as a staple crop for humankind. Today it is the top traded commodity worldwide—grown on more acreage than any other crop and is the main source of calories for 20% of the world’s population.
This staple crop is now at risk. Monsanto and other major biotechnology companies are in the process of developing varieties of herbicide-resistant GE wheat. Wheat growers are being told GE wheat is the golden ticket to greater yields and increased revenue. But this just isn’t the case.
GE wheat will have significant negative environmental impacts. Herbicide-tolerant wheat would result in anincreased use of pesticides and fertilizers, which will result in the deterioration of soil health, loss of key pollinators, risks to human health, and water pollution.
The introduction of GE wheat would put the economic sustainability of the entire US wheat supply at risk. Just over half of all US production is sold abroad, most in countries with strong opposition to GMOs.Organic and non-GE wheat sold for US consumption will also be threatened, due the ease of field-to-field contamination.
Consumers are increasingly choosing organic and non-GMO. Seed companies, growers, and retailers need to know that you care about the integrity of the wheat supply and that you are not interested in purchasing products that contain GE wheat.
Join us in protecting the “final frontier” of our food supply, untouched by genetic engineering by letting wheat growers and sellers know that you don’t want GE wheat!
Dear wheat growers and sellers, I am concerned about the future of our planet and our food supply. As wheat growers and sellers, you play an incredibly important role in protecting both, and in supporting the economic well-being of US agriculture. The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) wheat will have major impacts on the environment, human health, and the financial security of the US wheat market. I am writing to ask that you consider the full implications of the introduction of GE wheat. GE wheat will drastically impact the viability of the US wheat market abroad, as many top importers of US wheat strongly oppose GE wheat and are concerned about contamination of the entire US wheat supply. This could jeopardize your ability to sell wheat abroad, as was in the case in 2013, when unapproved GE wheat was found in fields in Oregon. Additionally, domestic demand for non-GMO and organic food is growing rapidly, so introducing another GE crop is bad for business. GE wheat will also have significant negative environmental impacts. Herbicide-resistant wheat would result in an increased use of pesticides and fertilizers. Greater reliance on agrochemicals means higher production costs, as well as deterioration of soil health, loss of key pollinators, water pollution, and risks to human health. We've already seen these harms to the environment and growers with GE sugar beets after a few years on the market so let's not repeat this mistake. Moving away from conventional, chemically intensive farming methods and focusing on regenerative agriculture can promote a sustainable future for farms--one that protects the integrity of the US wheat market and builds a more sustainable agriculture system protecting the land for future generations. Opposition from wheat growers was essential in blocking GE wheat in the past. We now need wheat growers and sellers to oppose the introduction of GE wheat and move towards regenerative agriculture! It is time to support a system of agriculture that restores soil health, protects the environment, and maintains the integrity of US wheat.
Green America, 1612 K St NW Ste 600, Washington DC 20006, 1-800-58-GREEN www.greenamerica.org
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