GMO War Not Over…Yet
A very interesting read in the NYT discussing the “broken promises” of GMO crops. Once touted as an innovative way to produce more food with less herbicide use has actually not worked out as proposed by Monsanto and others.
The article found at http://nyti.ms/2empJii presents surprising facts about G.M. crops. GMO’s are genetically-modified seeds that are created in a lab to be pest and disease resistant, when used with patented herbicides. The health of consuming GMO crops has been worrisome to many for over 20 years. While it’s true the research on human safety is considered inconclusive, Europe has taken a tougher stance on selling GMO crops, even without rigorous, long-term studies. Consumer concerns are enough for them.
The article doesn’t dispute that GMO’s might be safe to eat. Instead, author Danny Hakim cites the facts that GMO seeds are much more expensive for farmers to buy. Monsanto, now being acquired by Bayer, even has a security force to insure that farmers don’t grow their seeds without paying for them. No seed saving or sharing permitted. In the case of Monsanto, using their seeds also means agreeing to use their herbicide, known as Roundup. Not surprising, there has been a tremendous increase the use of herbicides to keep weeds under control as weeds are becoming “Roundup resistant”. Maybe the most suprising research presented in the article is that GMO crop yields are no higher than more conventional planting. Take health issues off the table if you want. Facts are; GMO seeds cost more than conventional hybrid seeds, more herbicide is required to keep weeds at bay, and yields are the same per acre when compared to conventional planting. So, why are GMO’s still around?