Almost 15 years ago, Scotts and Monsanto petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the commercial sale of creeping bentgrass that was made for golf courses and genetically engineered to withstand heavy doses of Roundup pesticide. But a catastrophe occurred and the companies were forced to pull their petition and do damage control.
Today they're back with the same petition and the same request.
The catastrophe that derailed the first attempt was the escape of GE bentgrass into the pristine Crooked River National Grassland in Oregon. Scotts and Monsanto are still trying to control the problem, even as it continues to spread.
If the USDA grants this request, it would remove a major hurdle for the commercial sale of this GE grass, threatening to displace native plants and wildlife wherever it's sold.
Urge the USDA to tell Scotts and Monsanto that they have to take responsibility for their mistakes, clean up their mess and destroy this creation once and for all.
February 3, 2016 Action Alert ID# 332
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