Last week the USDA released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on newly developed 2,4-D resistant genetically modified corn and soybean traits. As the internet exploded with pro-biotech advocacy celebrating the move towards deregulation of yet another GMO product line, I couldn’t help noticing the number of straw men participating in the debate! Just so the ‘no thank you’ side of the unfolding 2,4-D debacle is fairly represented, here’s why some sustainability enthusiasts don’t consider this potential ‘alternative’ even a little tiny bit preferred.
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The USDA is asking for comments on a GM corn that is resistant to 2-4,D.
Researchers are using sophisticated image processing techniques to better identify plants so that less herbicide can be used on our conventionally grown crops. This is obviously a good thing, as herbicides can be quite nasty to the environment and human health.
Recent (unbiased) research has shown that organic strawberries are more flavorful, healthful and better for the soil.
Last month, Canada, the United States, and Australia announced unprecedented plans to join forces and commercialize genetically-engineered wheat, saying that biotechnology was crucial to the future of the wheat industry. The National Farmers Union of Canada, however, immediately refuted the tri-country claim, pointing out “the overwhelming majority of farmers in Canada are still opposed to […]
The chemical giant Bayer — the same Bayer which brought you aspirin, heroin and mustard gas, and currently manufactures a wide variety of pesticides, herbicides, polyurethanes and other questionable chemicals — has wrapped their toxic fingers around our rice. This is nothing new. The company’s glufosinate-resistant LL62 genetically modified rice isn’t commercially grown, but that […]