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NYTimes: We Need G.M.O. Wheat

"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.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/opinion/we-need-gmo-wheat....

One of many articles on the subject: GMO Myths and Truths
http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/58

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A
~ stillwater's great DP post: Global Gardener Video Library
http://www.dailypaul.com/72517/global-gardener-video-library




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Once again

F U NYT

Even bugs avoid it? Sick of eating it? Got no use for it.

Killing what might eat wheat (& other food).
Editorial Note: Insecticide (resists insects)? Herbicide? Can't reproduce? Does not seem good to eat. Even other wheat stalks won't mate with it.

Active Ingredient: Bifenthrin Hydrocarbon Liquid
Crops Suited To [To kill for]: Cotton, Tomatoes, Lucerne, Navy Beans, Stone Fruit, Bananas, Faba Beans -----
For the control of Helicoverpa SPP. in cotton, tomatoes lucerne seed crops, navy beans; carpophilus beetle in stone fruit (except cherries); certain species of mites in bananas, cotton and tomatoes; longtailed mealy bug in pears; banana weevil borer and banana rust thrips in bananas; mirids in cotton; whitefly in tomatoes; redlegged earth mite, blue oat mite, bryobia mite, webworm and brown pasture looper in faba beans, subterranean clover, clover, canola, wheat, barley, field peas, lupins and lucerne; vegetable weevil in canola; and certain species of wireworms in cotton and sugarcane; fig longicorn in grapes and citrus leafeating weevil in citrus as per the directions for use.
http://www.axichem.com.au/products/?Insecticide/AC+Beast
If you are one of the aforementioned, don't eat this stuff. For others, caution is advised.

Editorial Note: Killing Fields.

If insecticide or herbicide is grown into food, you cannot wash it off.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Killing Fields is right.

I hope people will make the time to watch Green Gold. The farming techniques illustrated are the total opposite of an agricultural system centered on killing & death through the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers. Permaculture, forest farming, restorative agriculture--- whatever one wants to call the general idea - is predicated on growth & life (beginning with friable SOIL that is alive, unlike the hard-packed soil you get with the absence of insects, worms, and micro-organisms).

And thank you for making the point you did. I have friends who don't worry about non-organic foods with skins they peel off anyway - when all these killing-chemicals, these organ-disruptor-chemicals, leach into the soil and must be drawn up into the plants themselves.

We need to stop the madness!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Actually...

we do not NEED GMO or Gluten...and the wheat of today is not the wheat of yesteryear.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

This might add some light on the "sudden push"

by some for Hemp/Cannabis cultivation NOW!

The Daily Bell - Monsanto Marijuana Initiative Grows in Uruguay?

www.thedailybell.com/ news-analysis/ 34833/ Monsanto-Marijuana-Initiative-Grows-in-Uruguay/

George Soros huge investor in Monsanto!!!!

NOSHEEPLE

Funny they would say that!

Illegal Monsanto GMO wheat found in Oregon | Grist

www.grist.org/news/illegal-monsanto-gmo-wheat-found-in-oregon

NOSHEEPLE

Japan & other countries say no to US wheat on account of GMO's

So, unapproved herbicide-resistant GMO wheat was found "growing like a weed" on an Oregon farm. (The New York Times article on the subject refers to it as "freak wheat" and the "escaped wheat strain.")

Thanks for that link. Btw, did you see the update reflecting some of the fallout from that little mishap? Japan and other nations say no to U.S. wheat, worried about GMOs
~ http://grist.org/news/japan-and-other-nations-say-no-to-u-s-...
It seems these mystery mishaps have happened before.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

NYTimes: We need G.M.O. wheat.

Can you spell G L Y P H O S A T E ? The world knows about the tumor laden mice experiments which were repeated to confirm the devastating effect of this mutant experiment. Maybe this author would volunteer as a human experiment in our behalf. Then he could conclusively author such a suggestion.

Excellent idea

http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

We need much less grain of

We need much less grain of all kinds, and more vegetables and more grazing land for grass-fed livestock.

in some areas they spray wheat with round-up to ripen it quicker

not kidding.

What a snow job

Not a single acre of American wheat is GMO (halleluja). This must be remedied!

Opposition is unscientific. Nation's that don't want it are antagonistic. Everyone's eating it, so it's accepted. In its absence, farmers and consumers suffer. Because wheat is not GMO like corn and soy, it's lagging behind.

This is corporate propaganda marketing through an editorial page, and it is absolutely disgusting. GMO wheat approval is in the regulation pipeline. They even praise Monsanto. Puke.

Uh, how about we grow hemp.

Uh, how about we grow hemp. Has that not crossed any of these idiots minds?

We had an awesome garden last year btw and did not use one drop of pesticide. I just had a bunch of ladybugs and we had some good wasp nests (My personal death squads) around and never had any issues with pests.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

We need GMO wheat??????

Nooooo

We need ORGANIC wheat, grown without the cancer causing pesticides and herbicides... We need ORGANICALLY grown foods.

WE NEED FOOD THAT NATURE INTENDED, NOT FOOD INVENTED IN SOME LABORATORY for commercial gain!

Playing God with the food supply is already having serious repercussions.

We NEED TO stop this atrocity... like yesterday

Vote with your dollars. DON'T BUY ANYTHING GMO!

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

4,200 uses for corn, 90% of which is genetically-modified:

Corn - "Corn is grown on over 400,000 U.S. farms." It amounts to more than 90 million acres. People ingest corn directly and also indirectly, e.g.,high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), not to mention indirectly via animals fed corn. Additionally, there are industrial uses.

Soy - "Approximately 3.06 billion bushels of soybeans were harvested from 73.6 million acres of cropland in the U.S. in 2011." Most soy that is ingested by humans is indirect, primarily the oil [#1 edible oil in U.S.] used in many food products. Also indirectly via animals, fed soybean meal.

Wheat - Wheat accounts for about 46 million acres of farmland.

Major Crops Grown in the United States (EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/ag101/cropmajor.html

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~ A list of uses for corn (from KY Corn Growers Assoc): http://www.kycorn.org/documents/cornuses.pdf
~ Some uses of soy
http://www.ncsoy.org/ABOUT-SOYBEANS/Uses-of-Soybeans.aspx

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Given SO MANY indications of HARMFUL EFFECTS...
50 HARMFUL EFFECTS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) FOODS
http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.
...God only knows the true extent of what this has done/is doing to our environment and to us - with "just" 99% of corn and soy genetically engineered. We need GMO wheat, too, like we need a hole in the head.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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