The USDA has announced that if will allow the planting of genetically modified alfalfa. Fast Company explains how that could destroy the organic beef and milk industry.
Alfalfa pollen is notorious for flying all over the place, which means that GMO alfalfa can easily spread to non-GMO fields without permission from farm owners. And therein lies the issue–genetically modified crops aren’t allowed in organic products. So if GMO alfalfa inadvertently ends up feeding cows bred to produce organic milk or beef, the organic label no longer applies.