Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Go Go... GMO?
We don't see many people advocating for GMO's other than Monsanto shareholders, but a piece in the New York Times makes the case for more research into GMO wheat. The author notes that for corn and soybean growers, GMOs have reduced use of insecticides and helped them shift to less toxic herbicides. They have also been making more money than before, and we all want farmers to make a decent living! Finally the author argues that GMOs are safe, and that GMO technology may also protect the wheat crop against drought, disease, pests, and frost. I'll add that the more we can get from existing cropland, the less pressure there will be to convert wild lands. Is it time to consider supporting the technology?