Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East central AB
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GMO RR seed and Glyphosate
Was at an interesting conference the last 2 days with a couple of speakers that talked in regards to the the RR genetically engineered seed and glyphosate. Two of the speakers were Dr. Arden Anderson and COL. (retired) Dr. Don Huber. Their talks were not only compelling but very concerning. The amount of peer reviewed papers showing the very detrimental affects of not only just glyphosate but the genetically engineered/modified seed genes on their own as well. This seems to be an issue that will be on the horizon for all farmers in the near future (2-5 years).
As a farmer that uses these products it was somewhat depressing not just that it could seriously impact our bottom line and how we do things. But the very real possibilty that a lot of the recent food issues we see now; allergies, celiac, irritable bowl syndrome, crohn's, etc could very well be a result of the food we grow/chemicals we use.
If this does prove to be conclusive, how would this affect you and your operation?
I know that I surely don't want to gamble my children and future grand childrens lives by continuing to produce these kinds of products. And now with the industry wide (well north american anyway) acceptance of moving into GM alfalfa and wheat is quite concerning without really knowing what the health ramifications are, along with now seeing the federal government reducing the funding to plant breeders that can provide us conventional varieties. From what I heard (haven't confirmed it yet) Andre Comeau has been told by government that he is losing his funding and to dispose of his germplasm from his/our breeding program. If we lose this, yikes, especially if we have to go back to conventional breeding if GM seed doesn't work or is stopped. Where does breeding start again if all work up till now on varieties is lost.
I really feel that we as farmers need to start asking more questions of these seed companies that continually bend us over...where is the science to prove the health of these plants and grain for animals and humans. I will leave you with one last thing I was shown, in Germany I believe it was, they tested people in the city for levels of gyphosate in their urine. The results were positive for glyphosate, so for a product that "supposedly" breaks down quickly from what we've been told by health officials and these companies, seems to be inaccurate.
Sorry this got so long, could be a lot longer, head is swimming right now. But thought it's important to at a minimum throw it out there to discuss. Dr. Huber is a very humble but passionate man with over 55 years of experience in this field. It was an excellent but depressing presentation. If we don't pay attention to him, who has nothing to gain out of this (not like the government or the seed/chemical companies), and the science he is showing us along with his peers. Who do we believe/trust?