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24. Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?

Monsanto introduced genetically modified alfalfa in 2003—a full two years before it was  deregulated, according to recently released evidence. Global Research reported that a letter from Cal/West Seeds indicated that “evidence of contamination was withheld and the USDA turned a blind eye to proof of contamination,” thus allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops. The Cal/West Seeds letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated they found the Roundup Ready gene in foundation production lots seeds in 2005: according to the letter, the GMO-contaminated foundation seed originated in 2003 from a field in Solano County, California. The letter stated, “Cal/West Seeds had zero access to Roundup Ready seed at that time; therefore we assume the contamination originated from an external source.”

Alfalfa is a perennial plant that grows for more than two years and may not need to be replanted each year like annuals. As a perennial, it is exceptionally vulnerable to contamination. This genetically modified alfalfa could quickly spread to crops across the US, threatening the integrity of organic products—including organic meat and dairy products, if those animals are fed alfalfa believed to be GMO-free, but are in fact carrying Monsanto’s patented genetically modified trait.

In 2010, the USDA released a Final Environmental Impact Statement that acknowledged awareness of the GMO alfalfa spreading its traits to non-GMO alfalfa as far back as 2003. Not only was the USDA aware of the scandal, but the agency also deregulated genetically modified alfalfa with full awareness of the environmental dangers and contamination concerns.

Censored #24

Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?

Cassandra Anderson and Anthony Gucciardi, “Widespread GMO Contamination: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?”
Global Research, May 4, 2012,

Student Researcher: Adam Hotchkiss (Sonoma State University)

Faculty Evaluator: Greg Hicks (Mendocino College)


  • Fanshen Faber October 1, 2013

    This is important – we need to have our organic food tested for GMOs! How is that done, what equipment is needed, how can we get our governments to do that?

    • Bob C November 7, 2013

      Fashen, the current gov’t is in league with Monsanto and has appointed many ex-Monsanto people into FDA positions. These are the people responsible for testing(or the lack of) and approving GMO crops. Many of the tests demonstrating the harm to soil, animal and human health are never seen by the public. So don’t count on the gov’t for protections. Money will win out over public safety.

  • Todd |Millions October 8, 2013

    As per the bt corn hog feed-starlink,200 mile per growing season pollen drift could be relied on,even with -sterile hybrid seed(in reality reduced fertility seed).And if the starlink had to be withdrawn in 2002 because it was poisoning the pigs it was approved too feed-it was(and is) also poisoning us.While the court ban on testing gmo rr alfalfa was on in usa-it was being open field trialed in Manitoba canaduh-Brandon research station.So if the escape wasn’t garrenteed by the initial open tests,it definitely was made inevetable due to ag and health Canada’s treasonous and continual incompetence and corruption-which I’m sad to report isn’t news.Cheers