(NaturalNews) The arguments in favor of biotechnology-derived food — that is, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — are a complete farce. A new study by the investment group Portfolio 21 explains that, despite their widespread adoption mostly in North America, GMOs are not saving farmers money, they’re not producing higher yields, and perhaps most significantly they’re wrecking the environment and human health.
Practically everything positive to speak of concerning GMOs is nothing but a corporate talking point designed to sell more of them to farmers and, ultimately, the public. They will feed the world, we are repeatedly told, and reduce chemical crop inputs. Except for the fact that the exact opposite is occurring, as many a trusting farmer is now learning the hard way that he was sold a bill of goods by the chemical industry.
Rather than reduce the chemical load, GMOs now require an increasing amount and variety of chemicals to avoid being choked out by weeds and pests that have developed resistance to these man-made deterrents. Farmers are having to douse more chemicals than ever on their crops just to remain viable, and even this will eventually fail as the newest chemicals lose their effective edge.
“Genetically modified agriculture reinforces many of the most damaging aspects of monoculture and mechanization,” explains the report. “These include biodiversity loss, agro-chemical use, and accelerated soil exhaustion. Additionally, the foreign genetic material can spread beyond its intended area through cross-pollination and interbreeding, as well potentially migrate across species.”
Small farmers being put out of business by GMOs
Farmers are also having to spend more just to keep their GMO crops alive, a fact that becomes progressively evident the longer a farmer grows them. According to the report, small farms are eventually squelched out by the predatory technology, which inherently favors only the big guys that are able to pay.
Written by Ethan A. Huff
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