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Join NWRAGE in Corvallis at the USDA's GE Creeping Bentgrass public forum

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The USDA is hosting two public forums to accept comments on a new variety of genetically engineered (GE) creeping bentgrass. One of the public forums will be held May 18 at the Oregon State University Conference Complex in Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
USDA OFFICIALS TO HOLD CREEPING BENTGRASS PUBLIC FORUMS

The USDA is hosting two public forums to accept comments on a new variety of genetically engineered (GE) creeping bentgrass. One of the public forums will be held May 18 at the Oregon State University Conference Complex in Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. NW RAGE invites you to come to Corvallis with us to give your comments on this unnecessary and unwanted GE grass. We will be leaving from our office (3347 SE Belmont) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. If you would like a ride to Corvallis or can offer a ride, please to give us a call at 503-239-6841 or email us at  info@nwrage.org. Let's let the USDA know how unwelcome these experiments really are!

Come to the TEACH-IN!
We will be having a teach-in the day before, on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at our office to educate the public on the effects this GE grass will have on the environment (please note day change).

This variety of creeping bentgrass surprised scientists last year when it was found that pollen from the grass traveled 13 miles, far outside of the control area near Madras, Oregon. These findings prompted the first-ever Environmental Impact Statement of a GE organism. Contamination from this grass threatens the Willamette Valley's place as the grass seed capital of the world, and even the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have come out to say that it could contaminate all 175 national forests. Furthermore, bentgrass is perennial, easily establishes itself in natural and urban habitats due to its light pollen, and crossbreeds with at least a dozen wild relatives. The commercialization of this grass, which would be used mainly on golf courses, would wreck havoc on the ecosystem and potentially devastate Oregon's grass seed industry.

If you are unable to attend the public comment forum in Corvallis, you can also comment electronically through the USDA's EDOCKET system by clicking here. (If this link does not bring you directly to the page to send your comments, type in docket number 03-101-4 or bentgrass in the search field.) Comments must be received by June 1.

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videoista

This GE-WEED should be stopped. Weeds grow fast enough without having golf course grass take over everything without being able to remove it....

"This variety of creeping bentgrass surprised scientists last year when it was found that pollen from the grass traveled 13 miles, far outside of the control area near Madras, Oregon. These findings prompted the first-ever Environmental Impact Statement of a GE organism. Contamination from this grass threatens the Willamette Valley's place as the grass seed capital of the world, and even the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have come out to say that it could contaminate all 175 national forests."

That is insane! Why even allow it to be put into the world then after this! Please do your upmost about stopping this corpo-weed from being released. It will kill and kill again!
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GE grass must be contained and cleaned up now 27.May.2005 15:02

Karen Bishop, MPH student bishk@pdx.edu

It is my opinion and strong belief that GE grasses must be stopped. The far-ranging consequences of the contamination are completely unknown. I find it completely intolerable that there seems to be no real oversight or attention paid to the potential damage the spread of GE grasses can cause. I want to know who is responsible for this mess, how it's going to be contained and cleaned up, and what the penalties for this breach of public trust are. We are all affected by Mansanto's lack of responsibility. The detrimental effects on public health, the environment and future generations are serious, far-reaching and reckless.