An organic farmers worst enemy is not necessarily the pest that invades their plants it is genetically modified (GM) pollen from crops in the same area. Many farmers are hoping consumers, farmers and gardeners can seek growing zones that are free from GM crops in order to keep GM crops from cross-pollinating with organic crops.
Food purchased at a grocery store or farmers market should be properly labeled to let consumers know which foods and ingredients contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). City folks might think they don’t need concerned with GM’s or GMO’s but you should because these types of food have not had appropriate testing to prove they are safe for human and livestock consumption.
Did you know that a section from the DNA of a virus or bacteria such as e-coli is used to break down the barrier wall of the cell? That’s right virus and bacteria have codes that break down a cell wall to allow the new gene inside the cell to mutate or cause it to adapt to the introduced change? When consumers eat GM crops and foods you can only guess what might happen because scientist do not know what it can do to a person and that is the scary part of it all.
“Rotation of toxins in hybrids as a strategy has been neglected as transgenic corn acreage has increased across the Corn Belt. In areas with significant corn rootworm pressure, hybrids expressing the same toxin or toxins are often planted in the same field year after year. This practice is not a sound component of effective Insect
Resistance Management (IPM),” says Organic Consumers.org.
Genetically modified (GM) crops increase the use of herbicides and pesticides that contaminate soil and water. These types of crops accommodate to highly resistant weeds and pests and they are not viable for next seasons growing, in short it will kill off our food supply eventually and it will take down heirloom seed varieties with it.
Pollen drifts through the air and as we all know this is uncontrollable. This is why GM crops threaten not only heirloom and openly-pollinated plants that organic farmers depend upon, but also threaten wild plant species and create mutations and possible extinction of these crops.
When pollendrifts into a natural growers neighborhood it threatens the integrity of organic food. Organic food does not allow for the use of GM seeds and organisms within them. Seeds cannot be saved and used again the next season.
“I have always known where my food came from, and in recent years I have become aware that almost nobody knows where their food comes from in the United States,” says Carol Koury, owner of Sow True Seeds Farm.
Each concerned person should ask our government to place a moratorium on planting genetically modified crops, especially around organic farms and require food labels to show GM ingredients in our food supply. This may seen like a big task for the government but we all have a right to consume healthy foods and know what is in our crops.
Resource: Sow True Seeds.com, Organic Consumers.org, and Ohio anti-GMO Campaign