GMO Grass: What’s Next?

Posted on Aug 17 2011 - 2:02am by Mike Lieberman

The latest in crazy GMO news that I read on Rodale.com is that there will soon be a genetically modified kentucky bluegrass. According to the article:

The grass is still in its research-and-development stage, so it’s not available in stores yet, but experts fear the recent USDA decision to not regulate it as a noxious weed or plant pest could push it onto the market faster, since there are few regulations to hold it back.

Even though this isn’t food, it scares me for many reasons. The first reason is that the USDA is doing nothing to regulate GMOs infiltrating our lives. They’ve done this before with the genetically modified alfalfa and sugar beets, now the grass.

Kentucky bluegrass is usually used in public places such as golf courses, parks and ball fields. It will be resistant to Round-Up, so we will be exposed to even more chemicals in our daily lives. The leisurely picnic or round of golf will be accompanied by a nice dose of Round-Up and chemicals.

Since our government and its agencies are in the pockets of the big chemical companies and don’t have our best interest in mind, it’s up to us to do something about it.

We need to stop supporting companies such as Scotts Miracle-Gro, even if it’s their Organic Choice.

We need to stop using the chemicals in our homes and gardens.

We need to vote with our dollars and support the companies and business practices that believe in.

What do you think about this genetically modified kentucky bluegrass and what else can we do about it?

Photo courtesy of George Eastman House on Flickr