US Alfalfa Farmers Also Now Facing GMO Contamination


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq./

In our May 31, 2013 blog, we detailed how GMO contamination of Oregon wheat fields, resulted in multiple countries banning the import of US wheat.  The discovery of such contamination threatened the livelihood of US wheat farmers, as innumerable countries around the world are convinced that genetic modification of our food is dangerous to our health.

Now our alfalfa farmers are faced with the same type of threat to their livelihood, as a Washington alfalfa farmer had his crop rejected after it tested positive for GMO contamination.  The tainted alfalfa was found to contain the genetic presence of the Round-Up Ready trait, also found in the contaminated Oregon wheat.  As you will recall, Round-Up is the extremely toxic herbicide sprayed on crops, that would also kill the crops if the Round-Up was not genetically built into them.

Alfalfa is the fourth most widely grown crop in the US behind corn, wheat and soybeans and is a billion dollar export business in our country.  If the import of US crops such as wheat and alfalfa are rejected by countries around the world for GMO contamination, the result would be economic devastation.

In addition, GMO crops present a serious contamination threat to all organic and non-GMO farmers.  Cross field contamination between the effects of the wind and bees alone, make the preservation of non-GMO farms virtually impossible.  As long as we continue down the path of GMO greed in this country, contamination of all farms is essentially inevitable.  The power and ability to change this collision course is in the hands of the people.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.


Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit