The venture, named BioAg Alliance will “use microbes and fungi to enhance crop growth and yield, help with pest resistance, and reduce inputs like water. Monsanto paid Novozymes $300 million to partner in this ‘game changing’ venture. Monsanto will do marketing and field testing. Novozymes will do the manufacturing.” K. McDonald, Monsanto Going Green: Using Bacteria and Fungi to Increase Crop Yields and Lower Inputs
I am not naive enough to expect perfection. But like many people, I feel a sense of hope that at least we are not doomed to a death by consuming food consisting of nothing but genetically modified organisms. I do not know what dollars deal made Monsanto willing to change colors. But I do understand the sense of it.
Although Monsanto has received almost unanimous government support or lack of opposition due to lobbying and other enticements, there is tremendous opposition amongst the people. There have been huge public protests flooding the Internet. None were mentioned on the major TV networks due to collusion between corporate giants. But globally, there is a refusal to accept American exports due to GMO contamination. Apparently other countries have already realized what the US government and agricultural giants are just waking up to. GMOs are deadly.
The groundswell can no longer be held at bay. To see a change of heart, or at least wallet, to a greener approach restores hope and faith that Mother Nature triumphs to the good of all.
Heirloom seeds have become an endangered species because sterile seed are replacing heirloom seeds.
Not long ago, people had seeds from one planting season to the next. It was nature’s gift to man. Seeds came from grown food to grow food for the next year. Now it is different. GMO seeds are sterile. No new seeds come from their crops. Farmers become dependent upon corporations such as Monsanto to supply them with expensive seeds every year.
There is also grave concern about the foods that result from GMO seeds and the potential manmade monster meals they create. Nature used to provide abundantly, naturally and healthfully. In trying to outsmart Mother Nature, ‘Man-santo’ and other corporate giants may very well outsmart himself.
Daily, new incidences of the horrors of GMO plants and foods surface. The epidemic of Indian suicides is probably the most distressing. Farmers in India are being convinced that Monsanto’s GMO cotton will deliver greater yield. Thus they will gain greater profits. The opposite is happening.
Farmers are going into debt to buy sterile GMO seeds. They do not regenerate from year to year. They require a great deal of water which is often unavailable. In addition, certain pesticides become essential. They are costly. The small business farmer can not afford either the GMO seeds nor the pesticides. Debt results. Because debt is not passed on to the family upon a death, the farmer decides that suicide is his only option.
Fields of wheat in Oregon were supposed to be GMO free. They were found to contain it when the wheat refused to die when Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp did not kill the wheat. It resisted it. The Zombie GMO wheat has resulted in Japan and Korea canceling orders of soft white wheat for fear of GMO contamination.This is economically disastrous for US farmers. Where again is the benefit from using GMO seed rather than heirloom seeds?
Despite these examples of potential world economic disaster, big agribusiness companies like Monsanto continue to produce GMO seeds. Major corporations are producing them, congratulating themselves for it and the government is going along for the ride.
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