Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:04 CET
Do we really need Monsanto’s GMOs to feed the world? Looking at the research and the studies, the answer is quite clear. Let’s take a look at the 8 proofs that we most certainly do not need GMOs to feed the world:
One Organic Rooftop Farm Can Feed 9000 People
One organic rooftop farm can feed 9000 people. They don’t use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, and they provide fresh produce to their community year-round . This is a big slap in the face to the biotech companies who lie, saying that GMO is needed to feed the world. This is only one urban farm bucking the system.
“Several of the high profile advocates for conventional agricultural production have stated that the world would starve if we all converted to organic agriculture. They have written articles for science journals and other publications saying that organic agriculture is not sustainable and produces yields that are significantly lower than conventional agriculture.” ~ Avery (2000) Trewavas (2001)
Are these claims really true?
Small Organic Farms Are Working, Even in Major Cities
Lufa Farms has an astonishing approach to feeding the world. Their newest rooftop hothouse in the suburb of Laval near Montreal, produces enough veggies for more than 9,000 people. According to Lufa’s founder Mohamed Hage, this is only the beginning. From rhubarb to kale, and organic milk, cheese, and tofu, Lufa is feeding its community without following Big Ag practices. The company plans to expand to Chicago soon.
Airports Serving… Sustainable Foods?
Or take La Guardia airport – yes, you read that right. An airport is also sticking it to Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta by serving organic, local, and sustainable food at their upscale eateries scattered through different terminals.
Agribusiness advocates such as Steve Kopperud need a reality check. They think you can’t feed the world on organic, sustainable, non-GMO food, but they are dead wrong.
The United Nations Admits We Don’t Need GMOS
Even the UN once admitted that, “organic and other sustainable farming methods that come under the umbrella of what the study’s authors called ‘agroecology’ would be necessary to feed the future world.” You can read the pdf here.
Sustainable Agriculture = Increased Crop Yields
Further, an editorial in New Scientist stated that low-tech sustainable agriculture is increasing crop yields on poor farms across the world, often by 70 percent or more. This is achieved by replacing synthetic chemicals with natural fertilizers and natural pest control methods, while the Union of Concerned Scientists has pointed out that GE crops are failing to yield:
“. . .GE soybeans have not increased yields, and GE corn has increased yield only marginally on a crop-wide basis. Overall, corn and soybean yields have risen substantially over the last 15 years, but largely not as result of the GE traits. Most of the gains are due to traditional breeding or improvement of other agricultural practices.”
Conversely, vertical organic farming is going high tech and big-scale. Utilizing the space equal to a small one-bedroom apartment, healthy food can be grown for a small family.
“Using a combination of new growing techniques and more sustainable energy practices, food markets around the world could soon benefit from the adoption of plant factories taking up a lot less space than traditional agriculture but boasting significantly more production.”
Also look at places like Urban Organics in Minnesota. They use aquaponics to grow food sustainably. The company was established in an old brewery, which was vacant for almost two decades. They now grow a variety of herbs and healthy vegetables.
States Taking Action
Maine is also growing loads of organic food. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association suggests this economical solution:
“Consider the fact that half a pound of pole bean seeds, which you can buy for between $4 and $15 depending on the catalog and variety of bean, will plant a 100-foot row that can yield 150 pounds of beans The price of fresh, organic green beans at Maine farmers’ markets is about $3 per pound, so even if you paid $15 for your seed, that 150 pounds would have grossed $435 for you!”
Home Gardening: Grow Your Own Food!
Even home gardeners are increasing their organic food yields with tried and true techniques that have been around for ages. Just planting according to your growing region can help you yield a cornucopia of fresh, healthful food. For a list of the best regional varieties, look here.
Biotechnology companies like Monsanto rely heavily on claims that GMOs will solve world hunger. Their marketing strategy says it all: “Produce more. Conserve more. Improve lives,” but we can produce more, and of a much higher quality without resorting to biotech tricks.
Hawaii Claims Huge Win Against Monsanto at GMO Ground Zero
GMO Ban Passes
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 7, 2014
Though Monsanto won with their wallets in a few states during mid-term elections, residents of Maui County in Hawaii, known as ‘GMO Ground Zero,’ claimed a victory against the biotech bullies when a measure to ban the planting of genetically modified organisms passed with 50.2%.
You can bet that Monsanto, and Dow AgrosSciences, among other GMO interests, tried to stop the ban in Hawaii, too. Both companies own enormous GMO growing and testing operations in the islands.
They spent nearly $8 million to try to defeat the ban, making it the most expensive campaign in Hawaii’s history, according to Honolulu Civil Beat.
The Maui County Genetically Modified Organism Moratorium Initiative will ban all GMO growth, testing, or cultivation in the county until an environmental and public health study is conducted and finds the proposed cultivation practices to be safe and harmless.
Ashley Lukens, who directs the Hawaii chapter of the Center for Food Safety, told Civil Beat:
“I think that this is a really strong message to the entire agrochemical industry in the state of Hawaii that we are no longer going to sit idly by and watch them expand their operations without the kinds of regulations that ensure the health and safety of people across Hawaii.”
Hawaiians are currently living with crops that are sprayed with over 80 different types of chemicals by Big Ag business. The people of Hawaii have become more adamant about limiting the damage of these pesticides and herbicides to their environment and their own health – really one and the same.
Those who voted for the ban have warned that biotech creates billions of untested chemical combinations which then spread into “our neighborhoods, oceans, reefs, groundwater, drinking water, food supply and bodies.”
The Hawaiian Department of Health tested the surface water around the island last year, only to find pesticides in 100 percent of the samples.
According to official election results, the moratorium passed with approximately 1,000 votes.
In comparison to the millions raised in industry dollars by ban opposition group Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban (CAMCFB), supporters of the initiative raised just under $65,000.
“It’s only a matter of time before no amount of spending by Monsanto and Pepsi will be able to suppress the evidence against our industrial model of toxic monoculture crops.”
—Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association
Maui’s win, along with the success of Humboldt County, California, which also passed a GMO ban, cost Monsanto and DuPont at least $24 million. Perhaps they could have used that money to come up with a better business plan than to poison the entire planet.
Though Colorado’s measure to label GMOs lost —where corporate contributions lead by Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer topped $16 million, as well as Oregon’s (where a record-breaking $18 million was spent), we are still making progress, and as more people learn about GMOs we can only expect the heat against these companies to rise.
Katherine Paul, communications coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association, told Common Dreams:
“Change doesn’t happen overnight. But as we’ve seen with other movements (women’s right to vote, gay marriage) over time, the will of the people ultimately overcomes the opposition—even opponents like Monsanto that can, and do, spend millions to protect corporate power.”