Research Shows that Monsanto's Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably WrongThe article below does a great job of explaining the details of this peer reviewed study, and I encourage you to read it in entirety. Here is my summation of what they found:
1. GE crops have NOT increased yields overall. Europe, which banned GE crops, had expanded in yields faster than america which has wide adoption of GE crops. In fact America's production has remained constant over the years of GE adoption. There simply is NO increase in overall yield.
2. Ge crops, if they do well, are not necessarily due to the genetic alteration at all. The genetic alteration gives one trait to the plant, but the success or failure of the crop could be due to the other aspects of plant life, having nothing to do with the genetic modification.
3. MOST IMPORTANTLY... there is an inherent flaw in the concept of genetic modification. This is in the concept of genetic diversity (or lack thereof). GE crops, by nature, so not have genetic diversity. This causes all plants, grown across america, to have the same strengths and weaknesses as each other. Anything that causes that particular variety of plant to fail, will cause massive failure because they are all the same! The losses due to this law of nature are greater than any potential benefit from the genetic alteration, and therefore the entire concept of genetic engineering is inherently flawed!
Genetic diversity is a requirement of nature. Lack of genetic diversity is "inbreeding". It leads to breakdown of genetic strength through common mistakes in reproduction, leading to weaknesses magnified each generation. This happens in plants as well as animals. The genetic process of reproduction is similar in all of nature. With the adoption of genetically engineered crops comes a necessary lessening of diversity, a drastic one as these researchers found out.
What does this mean? Simple.... even if you lay aside the growing debate about safety of the genetically altered food, even if you lay aside the sure prospects of unintentional contamination of non genetically altered crops and subsequent extinction of pure genes, even if you lay aside the dangers of single corporations owning a bulk of the food supply through patent laws, even if you lay aside the evidence that truly organic production out performs any commercially supported GE crop, even if you lay aside people's right to know what they are consuming, even then.... there is the fact the genetic modification as a process violates a law of nature rquiring genetic diversity for survival. Bottom line.... genetic alteration, even if sfe, responsible, successful, and ethical, WOULD STILL DEEPLY ENDANGER OUR FOOD SUPPLY through the lessening of genetic diversity.
Just one more reason to stop this madness and return to proven organic production supported by soil fertility built by humane animal raising.
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