NYTimes: We Need G.M.O. WheatSubmitted by mdefarge on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:41
"THREE crops — corn, soybeans and wheat — account for a vast majority of the value of America’s agricultural crop output. But wheat is different in one important respect. While more than 90 percent of the nation’s corn and soybean acres are now planted with seeds genetically engineered to resist insects, herbicides or both, there is not a single acre of genetically engineered wheat being grown commercially in the United States.
Wheat farmers have suffered as a result, as have consumers of bread and..." Baloney.
One of many articles on the subject: GMO Myths and Truths
Hmm. It would be great if we could come up with a model of agriculture that didn't use pesticides & herbicides at all, let alone needed more than is used now. A system in which plants could withstand drought - indeed, thrive in even a desert. Where the food we'd be ingesting were organic, naturally rich with nutrients - with no use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers whatsoever: good for the soil (which comes alive again with micro-organisms), good for the air, good for the water, good for wildlife, good for US. Furthermore, a model that minimized the need for regular maintenance (well, except for harvesting).
Oh, yeah, that's right. There already *is* such a model! PERMACULTURE. Biodynamics, too, will *restore* the soil and yield nutrient-rich organic produce.
Too bad one of the authors of the NY Times editorial piece is a professor (agricultural economics, Oklahoma State U.), influencing impressionable young adults just starting their careers. I just hope some undergrads have the conviction to challenge him and show him a better way.
So, want to get inspired? See:
~ Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu
~ stillwater's great DP post: Global Gardener Video Library