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Take Ten Minutes and Tell Monsanto No More Franken-Grass In Oregon! DEADLINE TODAY AT 5PM

Monsanto and Scotts have engineered a grass that is resistant to Round Up. They planted a test plot in Oregon and pollen then escaped into the wild. The GE grass is now under review. We need your comments by today at 5pm - and its easy!

>Take Action - Comment on Franken-Grass Today!

The Biotechnology Regulatory Service (BRS), an agency within the USDA/APHIS, has agreed to conduct the first ever environmental impact statement on a genetically engineered plant, creeping bentgrass, and is now seeking public comment on the scope of the proposed environmental impact statement. A recent study conducted in Oregon demonstrated that approval of this GE organism would virtually ensure contamination of wild relatives via GE pollen-flow.

Click here to visit the center for food safety's website and submit your comments. It only takes about ten minutes and if your reading this, I'm pretty sure the issue is important enough to you to invest the effort. Besides, you'll feel great when your finished and you can tell you friends all about it!

I know privacy is an issue. You do have to give a name, but don't let that stop you. You do not need to list an address or anything. The only other requirements are an email and a state.

Thanks for taking action - Here's the link!

homepage: homepage: http://www.nwrage.org
phone: phone: 503-239-6841

sample comment 25.Oct.2004 15:05


Please consider this to be my public comment on Docket No. 03-101-2. This is a very important decision your agency is about to make on the direction the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) should take when conducting an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the consideration of the petition received by the Monsanto and Scotts Corporations to allow for non-regulated status for GE creeping bentgrass.

I strongly feel that it is critical that APHIS conduct an environmental impact statement on GE creeping bentgrass, as the release of this GE organism has an extremely unique potential to negatively impact the natural environment.

I urge APHIS to consider the following points in preparation of its environmental impact statement.

1) Creeping bentgrass is a perennial wind-pollinated species that has potential to cross-pollinate with 12-14 wild relatives. No other commercialized genetically engineered organism is a perennial species with the potential to cross-pollinate with such a large number of wild relatives.

2) A recent study conducted by the EPA found evidence of "multiple instances at numerous locations of long-distance viable pollen movement from multiple source fields of GM (genetically modified) creeping bentgrass." Additionally, the study found that the bentgrass had the potential to cross-pollinate with species up to 13 miles away.

3) If approved for commercial release, genetically engineered bentgrass could be planted on more than 17,000 golf courses and millions of private lawns across the country. No other genetically engineered organism has been planted on small plots of public and private lands spread throughout the country. Up until now, genetically engineered organisms have been limited to farmland. Such wide-scale plantings as are planned for this plant virtually ensure contamination by GE bentgrass.

4) Genetically engineered bentgrass has been opposed by both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), because it and related species can be serious noxious weeds, and because these agencies would lose the ability to use Roundup, one of their best methods of weed control, to keep the GE creeping bentgrass out of national forests and BLM lands.

Thank you for your consideration of the above points in your upcoming environmental impact statement. I appreciate your commitment to conducting an EIS on this new genetically engineered organism that has such potential to negatively impact the natural environment.