I’ve read a lot about how GMOs are the most evil thing to come along since Emperor Palpatine (yes, I’m a nerd). I have forwarded a lot of this info along and done my share of ranting about how we need to live more naturally, but today I was reading an article that discussed the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act.” One of the reader comments at the end was this:
Monsanto makes some excellent lawn-care products, and the company’s contribution to world agriculture is immeasurably efficacious. Senator Roy (who introduced the rider) speaks Blunt truth to Algorites & Redfordist tree-huggers.
In fact, I did a Google search for “why farmers use GMOs” and had to click to the 3rd page of results before I found a farmer discussing why he uses some GMOs. However, I found much of what he had to say, while worthwhile and well-said, didn’t really answer the question.
I live in a tiny farming community surrounded by tiny farming communities. My father always makes a comment you know you’re getting close, “when there’s corn on the left and beans on the right.” It’s true. There are miles and miles and miles of corn and soybean fields all around me. From what I have seen the men and women who run those farms are smart, wise, hard-working people who have been raised with great knowledge of their trade from the time they were little children. They know their business! I can’t even keep a houseplant alive. They know a LOT of things I don’t know about seeds and large-scale farming.
So… I’m asking them and any of you to answer my question because I really want to know. Please no “trolls.” This is not meant to be a fight or a nasty discussion, but rather a chance to see another side of a debate.
Why do farmers use GMOs?
UPDATE: I have had two people contact me, privately, and say that they would love to share their experience but didn’t want to do so publicly because they didn’t want to start “issues” with their friends and family. Obviously this is a very “hot button” topic among farmers. If you would like to share, but don’t want to comment here, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
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