On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding Monsanto's genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.Read more
Do We Really Need GMOs?
OpEd by the Rev. Daniel W. Hinkle, Episcopal Priest & Founding Member GMO Free Lancaster County March 4, 2015
Do we really need GMOs? In our opinion, no. In the "Farming Systems Trial" conducted by the world reknown andhighly respected Rodale Institute located in Kutztown, Berks County, PA, organic farming yields were shown to at least match conventional farming and outperform it during drought years. Organic farming (the original conventional farming) builds up rather than depletes soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system. Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient and profitable, while chemical farming (misnamed conventional farming) produces 40% more greenhouse gases. Organic farming also grows more nutritious food.
This, coupled with a growing body of evidence of damage to the environment and human health, is enough to convince us that GMOs and their related chemical pesticides and herbicides simply are not needed. All they do is produce huge profits for the agrochemical companies at great human and environmental cost.
If more evidence of the questionable nature of GMOs were needed, a little research into the history of agrobusiness Goliath, Monsanto is all that would be necessary. DDT, PCBs and the infamous Agent Orange defoliant of the Vietnam era are a few of the toxic chemicals given to the world by this company. We are still trying to recover from the damage to our health and environment caused by these substances. Past behavior is often a good indicator of present motives. It is up to the agrochemical industry to win our trust. At present they do not have it.
The credibility crisis in government agencies such as the FDA further convince us of the questionable necessity of GMOs. In 2009 President Obama appointed Michael Taylor, former VicePresident and lobbyist for Monsanto as head of the FDA. Anyone can see that it is a blatant conflict of interest for a former industry beneficiary to be in charge of the very agency responsible for regulating that same industry. This kind of "Revolving Door" policy between government and industry is a direct cause of the present crisis of government credibility and leads us to question the integrity of the government agency the American "flesh and blood" people count on to look out for our interests and safety. Both the agrochemical industry and the government have a lot of trust building to do with those of us involved in GMO Free Lancaster County and with the American citizenry.
So, do we really need GMOs? Are they truly safe? We think we have enough evidence to say, "No" and "No." But, you decide for yourself.
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It seemed like such an odd spot to put a vegetable garden, but what did I know. I would have preferred a swimming pool or a trampoline instead. But my mom knew what she was doing. It was like she had dreamed about.html doing this garden the night before and now I’m stuck here weeding this thing out. She was such a natural at it too, like she had done it her whole life.Read more
I traveled to New York City to attend the Citizen's Climate March on September 21, 2014. Here is my report back.