Pat Trask is a fourth generation rancher following in the inspiring footsteps of his ancestors while also making a name for himself as a father, rancher and activist. Over the past 10 plus years he’s been working to keep genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa (“GE Alfalfa”) from threatening the livelihoods of conventional and organic farmers.
Trask was successful in eliminating the proliferation of GE Alfalfa through a series of lawsuits in the lower courts, appeals court and efficacious all the way to the Supreme Court in 2010. However, in January of 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will allow genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa to be planted without restriction. Even though GE Alfalfa is still grown in the U.S., Trask has succeeded in making South Dakota a premier environment for preserving conventional alfalfa.
Trask believes that activism is the key to change and that through our concern, caring and taking action, the truth will prevail. His actions are a testament to that statement and he is a man who knows how to live those words. He continues to educate farmers on the deception by the biotech industry regarding GE Alfalfa and other transgenic seeds. To hear about the work he and others are doing to stop GE Alfalfa from taking over this ancient perennial forage legume and seed, click on the link below.
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