Iím really not that serious
Iím really not that serious
ďDonít tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.Ē - The Quran
Iím really not that serious
"Surprisingly, while the report mentions ‘wealth of data on yield under real-world conditions’ it fails to use these data. The report focuses on corn and soybean, omitting the extensive data available from cotton and canola. Finally, the report focuses on the US, omitting the results from the rest of world. Collectively, these omissions in the UCS report serve to distort the actual situation."
"The current generation of GM crops were designed to preserve OY, and have succeeded in doing so around the world. Furthermore, they have made substantial contributions to sustainability indicators and have succeeded in decreasing the agricultural footprint in the environment. These factors alone are enough to justify the use of GM crops as part of an overall strategy for agricultural development around the world."
"Interest and demand for non-GMO corn seed among US farmers is growing, according to seed suppliers who say that higher yields and returns, less cost, dissatisfaction with genetically modified traits, and better animal health are driving the demand.
Tim Schneider, a sales representative for Tom Eischen Sales in Algona, Iowa, said he is selling 20 times as much conventional, non-GMO corn seed as GM this year. “Demand has been steadily going up,” he says.
“Demand has never been higher. We are growing faster than what we can handle,” says Will Trudell, vice president of De Dell Seeds."
"Even as most farmers embrace genetically modified crops, some producers are casting a critical eye on the technology. Corn Belt farmers complain loudly about the soaring cost of seed. The federal government is investigating the industry for anticompetitive practices. Farmers are grappling increasingly with weeds that have grown resistant to Roundup, an herbicide widely used with genetically modified crops, and genetic contamination of conventional crops."
"But with rising costs and recent resistance to herbicides, biotech seed has become less favorable and farmers are taking notice. For instance, last year, the price of biotech soybean seeds rose 24 percent while corn seed rose 32 percent. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the anticompetitive practices of Monsanto, and Monsanto is countering by saying it plans on offering more seed options at lower prices next year."
I'm curious--how are your bees doing? Do you prefer Italians, or Carniolans? How many hives to you have now?
Also interesting to note that one of the references for in the bibliography is the Keystone Group, a well-known pro-industry organization that has a well documented history of accepting lots of money from their clients, and then (surprise!) authoring highly favorable "scientific reports" that support their client's endeavors: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jr...ependence.html
"Herbicide Tolerant soybeans went from 17 percent of U.S. soybean acreage in 1997 to 68 percent in 2001 and 93 percent in 2012."
"Plantings of Herbicide Tolerant cotton expanded from about 10 percent of U.S. acreage in 1997 to 56 percent in 2001 and 80 percent in 2012."
"The adoption of Herbicide Tolerant corn, which had been slower in previous years, has accelerated, reaching 73 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 2012."
"The Non-GMO Project was until recently the only group offering certification, and demand for its services has soared. Roughly 180 companies inquired about how to gain certification last October, when California tried to require labeling (the initiative was later voted down), according to Megan Westgate, co-founder and executive director of the Non-GMO Project.
Nearly 300 more signed up in March, after Whole Foods announced that all products sold in its stores would have to be labeled to describe genetically engineered contents, and about 300 more inquiries followed in April, she said.
“We have seen an exponential increase in the number of enrollments,” Ms. Westgate said."
And on Saturday, an estimated 2,000,000 people took to the streets in over 52 countries to protest against GMO foods in general and Monsanto in particular. The size and scope of the global protest was unprecedented, never before have so many people from all around the world shown up to protest against a specific corporation:
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/..._source=feedly and http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/w...santo/2361007/
"And in a new paper funded by the US Department of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin researchers have essentially negated the “more food” argument as well. The researchers looked at data from UW test plots that compared crop yields from various varieties of hybrid corn, some genetically modified and some not, between 1990 and 2010. While some GM varieties delivered small yield gains, others did not. Several even showed lower yields than non-GM counterparts. With the exception of one commonly used trait—a Bt type designed to kill the European corn borer—the authors conclude, “we were surprised not to find strongly positive transgenic yield effects.” Both the glyphosate-tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the Bt trait for corn rootworm caused yields to drop."
Last edited by BigDawg; 05-28-2013 at 02:39 AM.
BigDawg, the USDA statistics show an overwhelming majority of corn and cotton belt farmers prefer GMO seeds. Earlier in this thread Jim Lyon (who lives at the western end of the Midwest corn belt) pointed out some of the reasons why so many farmers prefer GMO seeds: "indirectly there is a huge yield benefit as weeds, insects and drought all take a huge toll on yield and they are all problems that genetic modification addresses."
yes it is, may I add fuel savings and increased soil health and structure
Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
This thread is wondering off into areas that have little to nothing to do with beekeeping.