Reader's comments : GMO

Ben & Jerrys Support GM labels

Anon - you are either ignorant or naive to believe Monsanto.  there is enough food on this planet to feed everyone but is not distributed correctly because a bunch of greedy a**h**** want to profit.

Carly - There is also not a single reassurance that they are safe. Given the choice to feed your children food grown in the way mother nature has created it or with GMO's I believe that mother nature would win. I don't think that you should label people's concerns about what they are eating with such a flippant description as "hysteria".

ID909- We all know the problems. But living in US I am at a loss as to how to avoid eating this poison.

Bill - I am concerned about the methods of Monsanto on farmers in the developing world. There's a whole movement away from GMO seeds but it's not easy because of the contamination, plus the so-called 'terminator seed'. Who ever thinks a company that came up with that name likes humanity had better think again!

Lulu - Anyone wondered where all the allergies and disorders (autism) suddenly sprang from?

92% of the American public want GM labels

There was a bunch more, some asking for facts. Here are some:

Myth: GMO seeds are good for farmers. 
Fact: Monsanto is notorious among farmers for the company’s aggressive investigations and pursuit of farmers they believe have infringed on Monsanto’s patents. In the past 13 years, Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses, almost always settling out of court (the few farmers that can afford to go to trial are always defeated). These farmers were usually sued for saving second-generation seeds for the next harvest — a basic farming practice rendered illegal because seeds generated by GM crops contain Monsanto’s patented genes. As GM seeds become more ubiquitous, farmers who want to avoid Monsanto’s strict patents have few alternatives. 

Myth: GMO seeds are only a small part of the equation.
FactOrganic and conventional seeds are fast becoming extinct — 93 percent of soybeans, 88 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn in the US are grown from Monsanto’s patented seeds. A recent study discovered that at least half of the organic seeds in the US are contaminated with some genetically modified material.

Myth: GMO farming will create more cheaper food. 
Fact: As a recently released Center for Food Safety report notes, the concentration of market power among Monsanto and a handful of other companies has led to skyrocketing seed prices and less innovation by smaller firms. USDA data show that since the introduction of GE seed, the average cost of soybean seed to plant one acre has risen by a dramatic 325 percent, from $13.32 to $56.58. Similar trends exist for corn and cotton seeds: cotton seeds spiked 516 percent from 1995-2011 and corn seed costs rose 259 percent over the same period. [...] USDA economists have found that seed industry consolidation has reduced research and likely resulted in fewer crop varieties on offer: “Those companies that survived seed industry consolidation appear to be sponsoring less research relative to the size of their individual markets than when more companies were involved… Also, fewer companies developing crops and marketing seeds may translate into fewer varieties offered.”

Myth: GMO crops mean no pesticides. 
Fact: ... studies have confirmed the spread of so-called “superweeds” that have developed a resistance to Monsanto’s gene, leading farmers to deploy even heavier doses of herbicides like Monsanto’s own product, Roundup. Another new report debunked the company’s argument that GM seeds would have higher yields; in fact, two of Monsanto’s most popular genes caused yields to drop.