Bugger. They’re trying to get genetically-modified (“Roundup-ready”) alfalfa approved by the USDA in a completely unregulated way. See the full report at http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480a6b7a1 – but basically, they’ve said even though they have documented some gene drift among closely-related feral/wild species (not to mention every hay field in N. America), and the problem of Roundup-resistant weeds (nto to mention that once you establish a field of roundup-resistant alfalfa, you can’t use roundup to get rid of it and, say, use that field for another crop), really the thing to do is just approve this stuff for general use.
They say their study proves there’s “not a significant impact” on non-GE crops, farmers, the environment or anything…even though they freely admit they can’t determine the economic impact GE crops will have because consumers have no way of knowing if crops are GE or not:
The analyses found no GE-sensitivity in domestic sales of organic alfalfa; however, this does not mean that GE products are necessarily welcome by organic consumers or producers. It is difficult to empirically quantify GEsensitivity in the domestic sales of organic alfalfa and byproducts in the marketplace because: there are no governmental standards for GE content in organic products; organic standards are process-based, not product-based (organic processes do not require a GE-free product); and researchers cannot quantify real-world preferences as consumers do not have the means to accurately discern between GE and non-GE products.
Ok, “organic consumers,” let’s let them know what the impact would be.