GMO-No: Farmers Are Not Stupid

My Generation

Anti-GMO accusations keep flying, despite science and often, common sense. Does it make it ok if they say, "farmers just don't know any better?"

Published on: April 26, 2013

You know, some days I just get tired. Tired of the accusations, tired of the misinformation, tired of the same old tired arguments.

Monsanto's corporate agenda is driving takeover of the world's seed supplies.

Farmers can no longer save seeds - and coincidentally the price of corn, soy and cotton seeds have skyrocketed.

I personally hate anything treated with Pesticides or any other chemical and GMO foods of any kind.

They stack more kinds of herbicides in sprays, including 24d weed killer which is used on lawns and made by DOW Chemical… this was the main ingredient in Agent Orange, which is now illegal.

During the Food Dialogues in Chicago earlier this week, author Emily Anthes observed of the push to label GM foods, "The campaigns havent been about transparency, theyve been about fear. Its also not clear to me that GMOs are all that hard to avoid if thats important to you."
During the Food Dialogues in Chicago earlier this week, author Emily Anthes observed of the push to label GM foods, "The campaigns haven't been about transparency, they've been about fear. It's also not clear to me that GMOs are all that hard to avoid if that's important to you."

Anyone who is spouting pro GMO stuff is so completely un-informed that I want to puke - just watch: "The World According to Monsanto" (It's on YouTube) That will shut you stupid Monsanto zombies up. 

Childhood allergies are up 18%. What do you think is causing that?

The FDA requires limited safety testing.

Monoculture is what causes the problems.

Whoever owns the seed will own the world GMOs were created to fend off poverty and starvation but it has turned into a political monopoly, much like drug companies and vaccines. These companies are changing the DNA of our foods and that is causing a change in our DNA.

If you think I made those last few lines up, I am sorry to say no, I did not. Those are exact quotes, taken from my friend Emily's blog comments yesterday, or from the Food Dialogues on Monday, or from a variety of Facebook post comments. These are real people. Some of them with real degrees. A lot of them with the ability to influence other people.

Emily Webel wrote a post yesterday with the fabulous title, "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Will GMOs Really Hurt Me?" She shared her thoughts regarding the science behind GM crops and why, having cast a critical eye, she trusts the science. Emily has been featured on BlogHer and catches a lot of non-farm traffic, which is to say, she can preach to more than just the choir. That said, the first comment on her blog was highly indicative of what the public thinks about farmers. The commenter went on to explain Monsanto, seed sales, commercial demands, pollination and 2,4-D. And Agent Orange. And Emily's husband gave a well-written and concise rebuttal to each of her vaguely uninformed arguments.

But I walk away with that same old feeling: these people think we are a bunch of morons. That we are these poor farmers out here who are just beholden to Monsanto and brainwashed into thinking whatever Big Ag (whatever that is) wants us to think.

It's getting old, quite frankly.

Because over and over, my farmer colleagues have responded to this argument. They've written blog after blog. And yet, the fear mongerers continue to patronize us. As if it makes it better to imply that we just don't know any better.

Here's the thing: we've done the research. We've spent hours and days and months of our lives over the past 17 years learning about genetically modified seed. We've studied plots. We've read university data. We've talked to more seed reps than you can shake a stick at. We have a lot of options. So many that it takes a spreadsheet to keep them straight, and then to plot out where we're going to plant what.

You all know this. And we keep telling them.

A farmer friend, texted me the other day: "Are we fighting a losing battle with the anti-GMO crowd? It seems no amount of logic and research done can sway these folks." I replied that we are losing some battles but I don't think we'll lose the war.

I sure hope that's true.

In other news, I attended the Food Dialogues in Chicago this week, and reported on it here and here. You can watch the full two-hour conversation here. It was an insightful look at the conversation that occurs between a fear-mongering dietician and a molecular biologist, and several other well-spoken folks. It's worth your time because you'll see what it looks like when a fear mongerer throws every random agricultural accusation against the wall to see what sticks, and a scientist (mostly) calmly refutes it all, bit by ridiculous bit. I kind of love Bob Goldberg now.