More than 70 percent of Americans say they don’t want GMOs in their food, according to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of 1,000 American adults. The trouble is, it’s hard to avoid them.
Producers of genetically engineered crops argue that their technology will solve world hunger. The reality is starkly the opposite. After nearly two decades, genetically engineered crops have failed to make any meaningful di erence for hungry people91011 Instead, GMO crops drive out locally adapted crop varieties that are suited to particular soils and climates, undermining sustainability and resilience of local farms around the world and contributing to hunger globally.
GMOs are on the ballot here in Colorado. This is a good short list of facts about GMOs so you can learn and decide for yourself.
Seed and pesticide makers like BASF, DuPont, Bayer and Monsanto are investing heavily to develop new products incorporating organisms like bacteria and tiny fungi, which executives say can help corn, soybean and other plants fend off pests and grow faster.
Contrary to the claims of food industry giants and biotechnology companies, requiring labels on genetically engineered food won’t drive up food prices. Labeling would not ban the technology or force farmers and manufacturers to switch to non-GE ingredients; it would simply require that food containing GE ingredients be labeled, so that consumers can make informed decisions about what they want to eat.
In the third part of our 'What is Permaculture' series, Aranya demystifies the permaculture design process so that we can all design systems 'that meet our human needs, and at the same time support the eco-system as a whole'.
Transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems in order to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems....
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