The latest Ohio Farmer magazine discusses the many GMO issues going on right now in Ohio and around the world. A recent panel discussion brought the many pro's and con's together in a setting among agriculturists.
That's what the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Ohio Soybean Council and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Council had in mind as they organized a "Food Dialogues" event in Columbus last month. In two panel discussion sessions a variety of sources were brought together to examine critical food issues. They participants included scientists, dietitians, restaurateurs, a nutritionist, a food blogger a food bank organizer, an environmental spokesman, and it included farmers."
"Michel immediately made the point that while the public perception is that corn and soybean crops have had genes inserted for herbicidal or insecticidal activity, the fact is that genetic modification has occurred in all plants and continues to occur naturally in all organisms. Billman raised the concern that his crops could be contaminated by GMO pollen. Hoy questioned whether GMO use fit into the concept of integrated pest management and what the intent of creating GMO crops was."
Billman is right. It is nearly impossible to find pure non GMO in the crops I raise. I know the Billman family and most of the people in this article so it's really interesting for me. I interviewed for a job with one of the panel members as their agronomist and quickly saw it wasn't going to work between us.
Scientists don't agree on the impact of GMO's. Farmers don't even agree on GMO's, so how in the world are we supposed to provide a solid image to the consumer?
If you want to know about your own seed and your own soil, start testing it. It isn't cheap but it's hugely revealing. I haven't found a soil or seed in my community that comes back with a test result that says glyphosate is non-detectable.
It appears that glyphosate ties or chelates more than manganese and cobalt, it's effect on aluminum and iron may be even bigger keys why we see corn maturing early with pink leaves.
It's here, now what do we do with it?