GMOs Losing Customers, Farmers Following the Bottom Line
|January 8, 2014||Posted by Staff under Health|
This 2014 excerpt of Off the Grid, Jan 6, is by Daniel Jennings.
Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics.
A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry.
Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable.
The re-converts to non-GMO seeds are not hippies but conservative Midwestern farmers who are making a business decision.
Farmers can get paid more for conventional corn than GMO corn. Plus, convention corn can produce more per acre.
Herbicide use increased by 26 percent between 2001 and 2010 because of the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds. Farmers used herbicides on GMO corn, even though theoretically he shouldn’t have to use it on his genetically modified crop.
The group Farm & Water Watch reported that 61.2 million acres of cropland in the US are plagued by weeds that are resistant to the popular glyphosate herbicides.
GMO seeds can cost up to $150 a bag more than regular seeds.
The market for non-GMO foods has grown from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $3.1 billion in 2013, partially because some Asian and European countries don’t want GMO seeds.
Ed. Notes: Let’s hope government does not intervene to prop up GMOs, which probably could not even exist, if government had not already intervened by limiting the liability of corporations like Monsanto who alter nature, imposing risk on others. And it’s not too late now to repeal or drastically refine limited liability in order to speed the demise of many other bad ideas, such as nuclear power. But to wield the requisite political power, we’d have dramatically increase ours, which calls for a fairer distribution of society’s surplus and a Citizen’s Dividend paid to us all.