GMOs and Organics

What if there was a way to farm that spared the rainforests, cut down on toxins in our soil and waters, and provided healthier, more nutritious food?

Sounds like organic farming, right?  But actually, it’s GMOs.

via Discover

I do not find the author to be entirely correct, some of the studies he cites are incredibly biased, but on the large there is really a good case to be made for GMOs to the extent that they increase nutritional value and crop production. But what is indubitably wrong is growing crops that increase the strain on the environment: modern crops require 10 joules of energy to produce one joule of human consumable energy, GMOs are closely related to pesticides, and GMOs require the production of fertilizers and strain the land far beyond its limits. Some also seem to have a highly adverse effect on rats. And companies like Monsanto are genuinely wrong-not to say evil-in their copyrighting of genomes and downright persecution of local farmers. 

One Comment

  1. Nice balanced post. I started out blogging totally anti-GMO but have since learned that there is more misinformation in the anti-GMO movement than there is in the pro-GMO literature – by far. I have also learned that not every plant scientist works for Monsanto! There are a lot of university based researchers out there who are not corporate… at all… and by and large they are all very excited about the technology. Personally, I’m just trying to get to the truth! I am pro science, but very anti corporate monopoly on our food. Therefor, I don’t much care for the Big Biotech GMOs.


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