I’m a Farm Wife… and I hate GMOs.

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I’m a Farm Wife. And I Hate GMOs.

I’m a farm wife – of a grain farmer. A GMO grain farmer. There’s been a lot of heated debates about GMOs lately, as there should be, and it seems like I hear the same things repeated over and over in our agricultural community. If you’re against GMOs, you’re against farmers. If you’re against GMOs, you must be some yuppie woman from the city who drops her children off at their charter school, hits up her organic market, and goes back to her 7th floor flat to practice her internet activism against GMOs. If you are that mom, no offense, and the movement can certainly use you, provided that you really do your research and don’t quote things from NaturalNews without first making sure they are entirely unbiased and true. 🙂

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who loves agriculture more than I do. I grew up in a farming family; my family raised produce, garden plants, meat animals and horses. Granddaddy also tanned hides to sell, traded ginseng, and had a ham store that really was internationally-renowned. I still remember the smell of the curing days in the fall – spicy peppers and sweet brown sugar. Yum. It’s making me hungry. But I digress. I loved agriculture so much that I majored in it in undergrad at Virginia Tech. B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences. I even went on to get my M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education. After college, I was lucky enough to meet a grain farmer who was crazy handsome and sweet and funny and all of those things that scream husband material. And he somehow found me cute and fun enough to marry. My idea of a great morning is a hot cup of locally-roasted coffee accompanying me out into the garden until my boys wake up and coming back in the house sweaty, accomplished, and with really dirty jean knees. Here I stand actually, 5 months pregnant, sweaty, with dirty jean knees, writing this post as I make dinner while the boys are out checking soils at the different farm fields. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As I mentioned above, I married a grain farmer. When I met him, my only thought was “well that’s neat”, because my family had never been involved in cereal grain production. We’re near the East Coast and grains aren’t as huge here as they are in say, the Midwest. Now that I know what they are, I remember seeing sprayers in fields and thinking “Wow, it must cost a lot of money to irrigate fields with all that water!” I kind of wish I still thought it was water. My family had never used any chemicals other than lime in our fields, so chemical agriculture was a whole new ballgame to me. I literally had no clue. Fast forward seven years, and here I am writing this post. Why now? Well, a few reasons. The debate heating up obviously makes it a good time. But I also feel like there are some of us who haven’t had a voice in that debate, or at least been outspoken enough. And by “we”, I mean farmers who don’t actually *like* GMOs. Now my qualifications as a farmer may be iffy – I don’t actually help my husband in the field, and I’m not employed by his farm. I’m a mere spectator to that part. My “farming” is in my chickens down the hill, my berry patches, and my garden. That said, I’m pretty well familiar with all of the facets of his operation. He and I don’t agree 100% on the topic, but nor do we disagree. Yes, he does grow GMO corn and soy. He also grows non-GMO corn, which he started last year. Why does he grow GMOs if he’s not necessarily a fan of them? The answer lies in you, and me, and all of us, as consumers. Farming is his job. It’s what brings home money for our family. And if we didn’t have an income, I wouldn’t be able to communicate with you right now. He grows what the consumer demands – which is one reason he started growing non-GMO corn. Because we’re NOT in the “grain belt”, grain elevators here are hard to find that take non-GMO grains separately. In short, there’s no market for non-GMO unless we find a small supplier that’s willing to take a chance on it (which is what happened this year and last, thankfully). If we grow non-GMO and nobody buys it, that doesn’t help you, or us.

So to the meat of it – why would I hate GMOs? Well, I’m going to outline several reasons. Sure, part of what you hear from me will be what you’ve heard from other GMO activists. Safety concerns, concerns about evil corporations, etc. I do not disagree with those points that many activists make. And let me say here that many times, when I’ve heard folks insult “anti-GMO activists” and I chime in, I get the “Well yeah but you’re not one of the crazy activists, so you don’t count in [whatever insult I just made]” Aren’t I? I readily admit I am one of the most outspoken people you will find on the topic. I don’t hesitate to write legislators, sign petitions, or call Monsanto on their BS on their Facebook page. I AM one of those crazy activists. And that’s fine with me. You don’t change the world by behaving. But my reasons for hating GMOs go way beyond many of the normal things you usually hear from The Activists. I truly feel that these companies and these seeds are threatening to utterly DESTROY our industry.

#1. Proof of Safety? Doubtful. On either side of the debate, you’ve heard this one: “GMOs have a long, proven track record of safety. Plenty of peer-reviewed studies have all proven that they are completely safe.” Ehhhhh not so much. Once you really start looking into these “studies”, you realize that ALL – let me repeat that – ALL of them are industry-sponsored. What does that mean? Well, to put it in basics, Monsanto has conducted a study to say that Monsanto’s products are completely safe. See the problem here? Those safety studies determine the future of their products and their company. If you were Monsanto, would you not ensure that if you’re going to conduct a study, it comes out in your favor? There have been NO independent studies done on GMOs that have been approved, because the seeds are patented and the GMO manufacturers will not release the patents for independent testing. Furthermore, the FDA/USDA/ANY other regulatory agency does NOT test, nor sponsor testing of GMOs. The only requirements for these federal agencies to say these products are safe are 30-day trials, conducted by the companies themselves. Look at the incidence of degenerative diseases in our society. 100 years ago, we worried about communicable diseases – diseases passed from one person to the other. Today, we worry much more about diseases that have nothing to do with “catching” anything from the folks around us. Lots of people are chalking it up to genetics but as a species evolves, does it not improve genetically? Do I think GMOs are the cause of cancers, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative diseases? No, probably not on their own. Do I think what we are putting on and in our bodies is the cause? AB-SO-FREAKING-LUTELY. Perhaps our genes make us more predisposed to developing these conditions, but the CAUSE is not our genes; it is our food, and the chemicals that we surround ourselves with. Being anti-GMO is NOT being anti-science, or anti-technology. It is being anti-industry-bullshit. I’m of the opinion that until we really get some good, long-term information about how we digest the changed genetic structures of these GMOs and how they can affect our bodies, they should not be in virtually every food we eat.

#2. Chemicals. This part of GMO grain production actually bothers me more than the genetic splicing and insertion itself. We KNOW the chemicals applied to GMO grain crops are harmful. And though the companies who manufacture these chemicals (ironically, the same companies who manufacture our GMO food seeds (?!?!)) would like to tell us that they don’t stick around long enough to affect our bodies when we eat GMO foods, this is patently false, as proven by LOTS of recent studies – most notably those showing the levels of glyphosate (Roundup) showing up in American breastmilk (Google it – it’s real, it’s reliable, and the government is reviewing Roundup safety as a result). And yes, I absolutely realize that chemical application is not limited to GMO grain production. Non-GMO grains, as well as organic (sorry, folks, it’s true) grains may also get treated with dangerous chemicals. However, many GMO grains have been specifically developed to withstand an incredible amount of pesticide application. Trust me, while you may find non-GMO and organic products that possibly haven’t been sprayed, you can bet your bottom dollar that GMO products are LOADED with pesticides. Another part of GMO production and its relationship with chemicals has to deal with no-till agriculture – meaning that when a crop is planted, the soil is not tilled. There are several benefits to no-till that involve topsoil conservation and maintaining the health of our waterways. It’s also quicker and cheaper. No-till is a great thing, save for one thing – chemical application. In traditional agriculture, tilling kills the weeds growing on top of a field that is to be planted. In no-till, another means of killing those weeds must be employed; and to date, the only viable option is chemical application. No-till and GMO production don’t always have to go hand in hand, but in reality, they often do. After the initial spray, growing plants can then be sprayed again and again with Roundup to ensure no weeds grow while the crop is young and getting established.

#3. GMOs are eroding our creativity and connection with agriculture. Find an old time farmer and he will probably tell you about cover crops, companion planting, and all of his tricks to keeping weeds and bugs out of his crop fields. As we embrace GMO technology without a second thought, we are killing our creativity and our knowledge in the process. Who needs to talk to an old timer now? We have sprays for that. I realize that some folks view this as a win – “Our problems are solved!” – but what happens when the chemical solution to the problem is no longer a viable one and we no longer know any other way? A great example of this is Roundup resistance. Many weeds are now becoming resistant to Roundup and are either requiring even more enormous amounts of Roundup application, or a different poison altogether (which is why Dow is currently in the approval process of 2,4-D resistant gene technology – in case you aren’t aware, 2, 4-D is one of the components of Agent Orange).

#4. Betting the farm – literally – on new technology that’s in the process of being rejected. THIS one is the most important and the most concerning point to me. The agricultural community has been so quick to embrace this seed technology – 88% of all field corn is GMO and 94% of all soybeans are GMO – without thought for what may happen if the technology fails to be accepted. Acceptance by American consumers is definitely important – and we know that is failing. 95% of Americans want GMOs labeled. Many are even calling for a ban. Several states have pending legislation that would limit GMO production. Even MORE important and MORE concerning is global rejection of GMOs. Peru has already banned them altogether. 60-something other countries around the world have some kind of restriction on their import. The U.S. and Canada are the last holdouts for trying to avoid labeling GMOs (presumably because the companies who produce them have infiltrated our government to the highest levels – Hillary Clinton, Michael Taylor of the FDA, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and the list goes on foreverrrrr). The world is rejecting GMOs. If we can’t export our products, we are done for. Yet, agricultural producers are still screaming to defend these products. I can only surmise that a) fear of no longer knowing how to produce without them, and b) being unwilling to find a way to add value to their products are what’s driving that defense. MOST concerning, however, is that if GMOs fail – if GMOs are rejected – if GMOs are proven to NOT be a good technology – we have already begun the process of contaminating all of our seed for these crops. Even the certification for non-GMO is “containing X% or less of GMO material” – because the contamination is so rampant that purity is almost non-existent at this point. If GMO fails, every crop that we have started GMO production for – corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and even GRASS (YES, GRASS) – will fail. That’s an awfully big risk for us to be embracing. Farming has always come with risks. Calculated risks. GMO is a bad bet at this point.

So there you have it. My personal reasons for being both a farm wife and a dreaded anti-GMO activist. I welcome opposing thoughts and respectful debate. I’ve heard it all, so anything you want to throw at me from the other side, we can chat about. I do not fault those of you on the pro-GMO side, though I do believe you have been misled, and I encourage you to do some deeper digging. We have been conditioned as farmers to believe that these companies have our best interests in mind. They don’t. They are exploiting farmers for a quick buck, and at whatever cost to consumers, farmers, and the environment that may be. They are CHEMICAL companies – not agriculture companies. And these products are not godsends. They are suspicious at best, and dangerous at worst.

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210 thoughts on “I’m a Farm Wife… and I hate GMOs.

  1. Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] June 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Hi there,

    My name is Sarah and I’m also a farm wife of a conventional grain farmer who plants wheat, peas, and a mix of GMO/non-GMO canola. You’re right there’s been lots of heated debates about GMOs. I don’t think that if you’re anti-GMO you’re anti-farmers, but there is such a fear and misunderstanding that this has caused people trying to ban GMO’s which in turn is a bit of an “anti-farmer” movement because it takes away their/our freedom to choose what we plant and how we plant it.

    I think there’s also a huge misunderstanding of pesticide use and when you say you thought sprayers were spraying water not chemicals, it really mostly is water that is being sprayed, mixed with pesticide, of course. Pest control is a huge part of any farming operation, even on organic farms, just using different methods.

    To address your points:

    #1 Nothing in this world can ever be proven 100% safe, but without a doubt food produced from transgenic/GM crops are just as safe, if not more safe (most tested food in the world), than other crops. You mislead your readers, as not all studies are industry-funded, there’s well over 1700 independent studies that have been performed, all of which you can see here: http://www.biofortified.org/genera/studies-for-genera/independent-funding/

    The fact is there is not 1 single study proving that GMO’s cause anything like “degenerative diseases”, as you mention. That’s simply correlation and I could just as easily correlate the rise of those diseases with the rise in organic food sales. I know you go on to say that you don’t think GMO’s do this alone, but I think you feel it’s a part of it. I’m not sure I agree with you that “anti-GMO” isn’t “anti-technology and anti-science”. GMO is a technology using science. How long is long term? We’ve been studying them for ~20 years now.

    #2 If you really look into how a GMO is made, it’s the most accurate and precise way to generate a new seed/crop/variety. It’s not blasting a seed with radiation (mutagenesis, allowed in organics) when you have no idea how many genes have been affected or waiting years and years and years in hopes that your hybridization will generate the trait that you desire.

    Regarding the glyphosate in breastmilk, that can be further explained here: http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/05/06/mass-general-pediatrics-chief-says-glyphosate-poses-no-danger-in-breast-milk/#.U5IPT_mwLYg Your statement that “GMO products are LOADED with pesticides” is very loaded itself. If a farmer is using the technologies as they are intended, they will use less pesticides on a GMO crop, at least that’s how the practice is on our farm.

    #3 I feel the opposite, GMOs are giving us so many more options, you just have to know how to use them properly, as I’ve already mentioned. I know a lot of farmers who use a combination of GMOs/tilling/cover crops all trying new things to better their soil and their production. If a weed is RoundUp resisitant, your statement “requiring even more enourmous amounts of Roundup application” is contradictory—if it’s resistant no amount of RoundUp will kill it.

    #4 If this technology is rejected, it will be based on emotions and fear rather than the science that tells us that it is safe right now.

    As you encourage me to do deeper digger (which I have) I encourage you to do the same. We have choices as farmers—if we think companies are misleading to us there’s dozens more to choose from. Maybe we’re the rarity, but we have great relationships with our seed and chemical companies and we hire agronomists to help us make the most of our crops.
    This really seems like an opinion piece (which is fine, this is your blog and your soapbox) but you provide not one single link to anything, and I would encourage you to update this post with (credible) links for your readers to pursue.

    • Blayne June 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply

      PS i encourage you to check out the book Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M. Smith if you go to amazon and look at the preview pages there is a long list of documented harmful effects…

      • Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] June 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

        Blayne,

        Jeffrey Smith has absolutely no background in genetic engineering. He’s a flying yogic.

    • Alex June 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm Reply

      Alright sounds like you are very defensive, typical attitude of pro GMO … What do you have to say about the affects of Glyphosphates on honey bees it is proven that CCD is a direct result of pesticides… Not to mention loss of Monarch butterflies… You forget that the Earth is home to more than humans… Albeit humans are the most selfish species on this Earth. You even defend roundup in breast milk… Money buys everything, greed controls this world. It is very sad you are one of the farmers more concerned with lining your pockets than acknowledging this type of farming has many detriments other than human health… Global warming, pollution, etc we need sustainable farming practices that are good for our Earth not just Humans… Farming practices that absorb CO2 emissions not add to them…

  2. angela3949 June 7, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply

    Hi,
    As I sit at my computer after reading your post over about 3 times I feel a certain level of sadness. Like yourself I am also a farm wife. Unlike yourself (you implied that farming was your husbands job and not yours) I am actively involved in the farming activities and decisions. I feel there are so many points in your post that are misinformed that I don’t really even know where to start. First and foremost you claim that there are NO independent studies that have been done to prove the safety of GMOs, this statement is false and you are misleading your readers by making this claim. Because I see someone else linked to the list of 1700+ independent studies that have been done, here is some info on the claim you made about ‘industry funded studies’ http://realfoodorg.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/about-those-industry-funded-gmo-studies/ “what the complaints about industry funded studies show is an ignorance of the literature and a lazy desire to dismiss inconvenient evidence in order to preserve predetermined ideological commitments. It’s just plain old confirmation bias and motivated reasoning run amok.”
    Also your entire paragraph about chemicals is misinformed and shows a lack of understanding about the agricultural processes. Things will be different from area to area and farm to farm as different types of crops have different problems but in general we are getting much better for the amount of harmful chemicals used in agriculture. Roundup and GMOs have taken the place of many more nasty pesticides; actually global pesticide applications are down over 1 billion pounds from 1996-2009. Learn GMOs role in that reduction; http://gmoanswers.com/studies/top-10-consumer-questions-about-gmos. And of course it is the dose that makes the poison. Glyphosate turns off a protein in plants and prevents them from getting enough nutrients so they shrivel up and die. Humans do not have this protein, and the actual chemical composition of roundup is lower in toxicity than aspirin or chocolate. It is the dose that is what matters and that is simple chemistry http://bit.ly/1gSyM4P. Good for you if your farm is deciding to go non-GMO, that is a decision every farm is able to make at this point. But shame on you for denouncing a technology that is an important tool for farmers around the world, without understanding all aspects of it. We can not fed the world without GMOs, that is a fact no matter how you feel about them. I entered into the GMO debate with an open mind actually believing that Organic was going to save me from Cancer and roundup was evil. Through years of research and conversations with people who study these things for a living, I have yet to find any factual, peer reviewed evidence to support the anti-GMO side, all I find is emotion. I agree with the fact in a former comment that you really didn’t provide any evidence with your post and this is purely written from emotion. I encourage you to do the same as you encourage your readers; take some time and look at the other side of the debate. This is our livelihood, being informed on all sides is important.

  3. angela3949 June 7, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    My previous comment sounded much more snippy than I intended. I am sorry for that. My emotions tend to run high regarding this topic as well. Skepticism is a good thing in our industry today, we need decisions to be questioned, researched and challenged so profits do not determine our fate. I agree with you on this point. What upsets me so much is many of the people who have the strongest opinions on the issue really haven’t done a lot of ‘skeptical’ research (this can happen on both sides of the debate). They read debunked studies and blog posts that confirm their prior belief and don’t seek to challenge themselves. I do not blindly believe that agricultural chemicals are good or 100% safe. But I do believe the way we farm today is safer and higher yielding than in years past. When the science points to the safety of GMOs, my gut feeling is technology is the way to reduce chemical application in the future while growing enough food to feed the world. I worry that if we stop the technology we will never know it’s potential and we will be doomed to food shortages around the globe. Even though I disagree with your opinion on GMOs, I do commend you for caring, because we need people to care about our food production, for our own safety and for those who do not have access to enough food.

  4. Blayne June 8, 2014 at 8:05 am Reply

    Wow so you have read the book and refuted the vast amount of documentation in it? Neither are you a genetic engineer so by your logic anything you say is worthless right? I mean really that kind of shoot the messenger attack just shows you are really not open to actual research and makes you sound like an industry hack.. His book is well documented and cited you don’t have to be a genetic engineer to read and cite the many studies proving GMO’s harmful to humans and the environment… A circus clown could read and site the documentation that does not disprove any of it… Here are at least 10 studies proving GMO’s are harmful…

  5. Blayne June 8, 2014 at 8:08 am Reply

    Apparently the blog will not let me post all the links so here is an article with the links at the bottom… http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/04/08/10-scientific-studies-proving-gmos-can-be-harmful-to-human-health/

  6. Blayne June 8, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

    To any farmers who are interested in exploring alternatives to annual crop farming and the merry go round of buying seed tilling spraying herbicides and pesticide and chemical fertilizer and what it might take to transition from that to permanent agriculture where you do not have to do that and can increase yields profits and is sustainable in the long run Mark Shepards Restoration Agriculture is leading the way. Mark cuts through the BS and feel good stuff to what really works get his book… Also here is a video of him talking you can watch his down to earth talk all about it and what they are doing and have been doing for the last 17 years,,, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb_t-sVVzF0

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  8. monicacook June 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm Reply

    I like that–“anti-industry bullshit”. Must remember it.

    • Cheryl June 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm Reply

      Me too!!!

  9. Librarian June 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm Reply

    You all can dance with the devil all you want. I just want them labeled, thank you very much.
    I can’t believe that you, closer to the poison than anyone, would risk your loved ones as they handle it. Round-up is falling in effectiveness, what comes next is the same chemical make-up that we, the families of the Veteran’s afflicted, refer to as Agent Orange and you are being happily sold that bill of goods by the likes of Monsanto and Dow! When the HELL did messing with Mother Nature ever turn out right? 60 other countries have turned their noses up at what they – and now you are selling, back up off that cliff, lil’ buddies ‘cuz everyone wants their grandbabies whole.

    • Robin Rich June 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm Reply

      Well said! Thank you so much for your response, I was beginning to lose faith in my fellow man. WHat is wrong with these people that want to just follow like sheep to the slaughter.
      I wish they would get there heads out of the sand.

    • Shirann Halstead June 20, 2014 at 10:11 am Reply

      If I were a betting person, I would bet 90% of these farmers that oppose GMO labeling, etc, are receiving large amounts of farm subsidies (rich mans welfare) each year.

  10. Robert Burns June 11, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    I am a farmer, from five generations of farmers, and have been fighting GMO’s since the 90’s BECAUSE THEY NEVRE NEVER HAVE UNDERGONE THE SCIENCE NEEDED TO PROVE THEM SAFE….NEVER… Sarah the”nurse has too much Monsanto detail to make me feel she is an”ordinary nurse” come on Sarah you are on the Monsanto doll….you tipped your hand……Legislatevly Monsanto and their puppy the Monsanto driven FDA is legislating the FOOD SAFTEY MODERNIZATION ACT….read it, explicitly to wipe our each and every organic farmer in the USA……a $47,000,000 income for the USA….WHAT???? Yep there is your Monsanto GMO game…is it for farmers….I really dont think so, unless you wear a farmer hat, and apply chemicals, and call it”farming”.

    • John Sommerville June 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm Reply

      Robert Burns, please read SEEDS OF REPRISAL about Michael White, a farmer who also opposes GMOs. He found out first hand just how far Monsanto will go in its efforts to silence a farmer who disagrees with it. I think if more people knew the sordid tactics Monsanto’s goons have used “against” farmers they would understand why so many will not speak out against the conglomerate. Incidentally, kudos to you for your willingness to speak out!

      • mayortroy June 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

        I’m actually more worried about BASF’s goons sponsoring Millions Against Monsanto marches, all the while promoting the ‘clearfield’ system that seems worse than GMO/Roundup.

        The big 3 integrated chemical/fertilizer/seed companies are battling it out with hired sock puppets on all sides of the issue.

  11. Sarah June 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Any reason why my comments are not showing up?

    • kiyaelizabeth June 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm Reply

      Not sure Sarah, I haven’t turned down one yet.

  12. edna gee June 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm Reply

    Anyone notice that while this blogger is stating how she hates gmo’s and all the bad things about them, she continues to profit from them, even to the point of sending her children out into the field to take soil samples?!! If gmo’s are all she says, why is she not only allowing her husband to grow them- and endangering all her family according to her post- but she is supporting the very industry she is claiming to hate!!!!

    I find those ethics very odd, very difficult to reconcile. If I REALLY thought gmo’s were that dangerous , I would not allow my children to be around them, let alone expect my living to come from those gmo crops.

    • kiyaelizabeth June 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

      While I find your comment to be mildly disrespectful, I will spend a few seconds responding. 1) GMOs don’t live in the soil… so not sure why taking soil samples would endanger my child. The fields they were checking had not recently been sprayed. 2) I don’t “allow” or “disallow” my husband to do anything. It’s his farm. I offer my thoughts and hope that he considers my perspective. There are also four other partners in the farm, as it is incorporated. Decisions are not made in a vacuum. You should perhaps read through the other comments to gain a little more perspective.

  13. Sarah June 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm Reply

    It’s very odd. Every time I try to comment nothing happens.

  14. Sarah June 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Apart from the last one I just did. My long posts don’t go through.

  15. Tammy June 13, 2014 at 12:48 am Reply

    love the respectful way that you call for debate!

  16. Judy June 14, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply

    Regardless of all the comments and debates, I feel strongly the American consumer has the right to know what is in their food. GMO crops are not going to disappear. Label GMO’s and inform the consumer, then we’ll see what the consumer market decides. 65 European countries have GMO labeling, if it is so harmless, why are Monsanto and the Grocery Man. Association against labeling?

  17. Blayne June 14, 2014 at 10:41 am Reply

    It seems beyond the pale that people cannot grasp that modern agriculture is killing our soils and crapping our bed so to speak…To destroy the ecosystem in the soil every year to plant a few hard seeds for a few months out of the year and then leave it bare the remainder for the wind and rains and snows to remove any topsoil and then apply chemical warfare in the way of fertilizers herbicides and pesticide and then GMOS so the plants can withstand the chemical warfare to try and make up for what was destroyed it’s just insanity. Its not a matter of belief its a matter of hard facts. Nature has been doing it for millions of years and refined it to think that we can do it better is crazy. Its not working WE ARE NOT FEEDING THE WORD lets destroy that myth right now tens of millions are starving around the world and our food supply lacks the trace minerals and nutrients they once had because of this attack on the land resulting in numerous disease and problems that were unheard of 100 years ago… and our solution is to throw more chemicals at it and genetically modify natural organism to withstand this chemical onslaught. How anyone could think this is ok or even a better way to grow things is beyond me… The unintended consequences will be catastrophic folks… Animals will not eat GMO foods of given a choice and those that are forced to have all sorts of problems from reproduction to digestion etc…

    One can massage their conscience with some industry sponsored study but the evidence is overwhelming on the ground. Farmers can look the other way for fear of losing their livelihood but lets get real most farmers are losing money every year in farming and going in debt or have some other business or income to support themselves to make a living. Most farmers cannot support themselves from farming alone they need a supplemental income. and those that do barely make it… this is why family farms are disappearing. Its not their fault it the way we farm today…

    Rather then argue with emotionally driven beliefs or chastise I prefer to focus on solutions and there are solutions even the USDA is advocating riparian buffers along fence lines for soil conservation and to slow runoff especially of all the chemicals put on fields,.. They are also advocating agro forestry… That is plant more trees in your fields you can get up to 4 acres of yield off of one acre if you plant trees in layers and understory crops like fruits berries and nuts instead of just one crop every year. Using the Keyline system you can keep all the water that falls on your fields on your property instead using pivots or sprinklers that half the water blows away in the wind etc etc etc… Mark Shepards Restoration Agriculture is leading the way in my opinion… Also others like Sepp Holzer have proven there is a better way… I’ll leave it at that and hope that any farmers who are looking at alternatives will at least explore these possibilities… What kind of world do we wish to leave our children and grandchildren?

  18. Marty June 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I’ve got a question for a pro-gmo’er.

    Why is GMO wheat not on the market?

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