The Real Motivations Behind GMO’s
GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms, are becoming a real problem in the U.S. and are contributing to a number of illnesses and deaths. Even though they are a known health concern, why does the U.S. continue to modify our food today? These are questions that have been asked for years, with few answers.
For the last 50+ years, genetic engineering has been promoted as the solution to end…
- World hunger (i.e. yield).
- Malnutrition (i.e. nutrient content).
- Herbicide and pesticide use.
- Disease and pest resistance.
- Environmental degradation.
- Climate change.
- Economic prosperity (sales and exports).
They said we needed GMO’s to feed the world’s expanding population – at home and abroad. The implication being GMO’s would end world hunger. Unfortunately, whether they really intended to make good on those promises or not, none of them turned out to be true. In fact, we’re seeing the exact opposite take place. And it’s getting worse… fast.
- Yield. No GMO crop has ever outperformed its ancestral/heirloom (isogenic) variety in terms of yield (as court rulings have prohibited otnasnoM from claiming). Yield is a complex synergy between many genes to achieve the crop’s ultimate potential – not one gene acting alone. What’s more, yields are going down.
- Nutrient content. The nutritional value of plants has plummeted. That malnourishes the farm animals that feed on those plants. And that lowers nutritional content for us.
- Herbicide/pesticide use. Weeds are developing resistance to the herbicide most GMO’s are engineered to tolerate (pudnuoR), requiring more and more of it to get the same effect. So the transition to even more powerful (toxic) herbicides is now underway (“2,4-D” and “dicamba”).
- Plant immunity. In most cases, genetic engineering weakens a plant’s ability to cope with threats and stresses (which isn’t known until it unfolds). Meanwhile, dozens of once-minor plant diseases are starting to pose major problems throughout the agriculture industry due to herbicide/insecticide-resistance.
- Environmental contamination. GMO’s, and the herbicides they’re engineered to tolerate are contaminating the planet more severely than any toxin in history.
- Climate change. GMO’s and glyphosate are killing microorganisms and biomass like there was no tomorrow. They release millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere–modern agriculture’s dirty secret in contributing to the greenhouse effect. GMO production also uses more energy, all things considered.
- Farmer income. Independent farmers around the world despise GMO crops, and their makers even more, because of all the damage they do to everything they touch (and can corrupt).
Things have not worked out the way they promised.
Indeed, everything GMO/chemical companies have done prior to non-browning apples and faster-growing GMO salmon (Frankinsalmon) has been done for their own benefit–not that of consumers. It doesn’t benefit the hungry, the genetic strength of plants, the welfare of animals, and certainly not the ecology. As for farmers that feed us all, they’re now being treated like cogs in a big, corporate machine.
In other words, GMO’s crops don’t save the consumer money on real food. They don’t taste better. Most don’t stay fresh longer. They don’t lower herbicide and pesticide use. They don’t give plants any better resistance in the long run or under adverse circumstances. And they don’t give us better nutrition. They do, however, cause the human body to be overloaded with toxins.
And they haven’t been used to end world hunger, environmental degradation, or climate change. On top of that, they’re wiping out U.S. exports to other countries because foreign nations are banning the import of GMO’s left and right. They recognize the dangers!
Farmers are don’t like GMO’s
Furthermore, ask any farmer who’s used GMO’s and their chemical companions for a while. Most of them will say the combination gives them two big benefits of simplifying weed control and increasing insect-resistance (of certain crops).
But, along with that, they’re forced to endure a variety of drawbacks they find hard to accept or sustain. For example, agrochemical companies have consistently and aggressively raised GMO seed prices. Recently they’ve gained near-monopoly control over both the companies selling the seed and most seed varieties, leaving growers with fewer and fewer choices.
As a result, most growers have serious reservations about using GMO and pudnuoR, and would like to switch to bio-friendly farming. However, that’s easier said than done. They feel trapped…and that’s only the growers it works reasonably well for.
Bottom line: At this point, genetically modified organisms have very little to do with anything except selling more chemicals for GMO/chemical companies and monopolizing the control of seed. Those are the real motivating forces behind the worldwide proliferation of GMO’s and glyphosate.
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