Livestock Die From Cyanide-Producing Genetically Modified Grass

Target: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Goal: Protest genetically modified grass that leads to livestock poisoning and tell the USDA to investigate the use of this grass.

In recent days, a herd of cattle in Texas died due to genetically modified (GM) grass. The GM grass was actively producing cyanide, poisoning any cattle that had the misfortune of eating it. The GM grass—Tifton 85—producing lethal doses of cyanide is highly disconcerting.

According to CBS News and Nation of Change, after ingesting the GM grass, the cattle started convulsing and bellowing with a painful episode ending in several cattle deaths. The ranch owner said that although GM grass was “tested” on the grazing land, it should have been “perfect.”

In total, 18 cattle died of the cyanide-caused, painful “fits” over a fifteen-hour period. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, this cyanide poisoning might be the result of a dangerous mutation in the GM grass. This kind of mutation is commonplace to many of the GM crops produced by Monsanto, one of the world’s largest agricultural biotechnology companies.

Episodes like this one serve as a window into the potential danger of implementing a surplus of GM crops and products. It would be irresponsible to let this episode go un-investigated. More evidence is surfacing of other, similar GM crop related livestock deaths, and the USDA needs to launch an all out investigation. This cyanide is killing livestock and may be passed along to consumers as well. Sign below to express your concern to the USDA.


Dear United States Department of Agriculture,

The recent incident in Texas involving cattle deaths at the hand of genetically modified grass is cause for immediate alarm.

The GM grass, which was found to be producing cyanide, killed 18 cattle after 15 hours of “fits” involving painful convulsions and bellowing. It is not clear what caused the GM grass to create cyanide, but it warrants an investigation.

Genetically modified grass, and other GM crops, are unreliable and therefore dangerous. Evidence is surfacing that Syngenta—a large agri-business corporation—has been covering up other incidents of livestock and animal deaths from GM crops, corn in particular.

Help protect livestock and American consumers. I ask that you please take this matter seriously.


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