[Market-farming] GMO crops

Richard Stewart rstewart at zoomtown.com
Mon Jun 8 19:26:33 EDT 2009

Hello, My Name is Richard, and I am a GMO user.

These discussions always end ugly but I'll put my hand up in favor if  
some types of GMO.

I will argue that some GMO crops DO have their place.  I have 160  
acres of bottom lands that I know till.  Every year the weed base is  
replenished.  A GMO corn or soybean does allow me to make use of this  
land. I could cultivate the weeds or try to choke it with a cover  
crop.  All of it has been tried.  We do a single herbicide spray to  
kill competing plants and that is it.  No pesticides and no other  

In other areas we do not use the same seed and do Non-GMO.

I would, literally, be impossible for us to farm this land without GMO  
seed types.

This land provides us with a good income, the land's fertility is  
strong because of backwater floods that deposit mineral rich soil  
(along with weed seeds).  After seven full days spread out over three  
to four weeks we now have all 160 acres in the ground and can focus on  
produce, market, managing bees, and baling hay for our horse  
operation.  That land's value runs between 40 and 80 thousand dollars  
a year depending on the market.

We use a fraction of the fuel that most large scale organic production  
uses too farm the same number of acres and do not irrigate at all.   
Both of which are a massive drain on resources, are polluters, and  
wreck the evironment.  Which is the lesser of two evils?  I do not  
have the answer to that.

Richard Stewart
Carriage House Farm
North Bend, Ohio

An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855

(513) 967-1106
rstewart at zoomtown.com

On Jun 8, 2009, at 1:17 PM, Road's End Farm wrote:

> On Jun 8, 2009, at 8:45 AM, Franklin W. Davis wrote:
>>   Good morning...what are GMO crops...
> Genetically modified organisms. Genes not natural to the crop have  
> been artificially inserted into the seed; once in there, they will  
> generally be passed to the next generation, if the seed is viable.
>> and why are they bad news? Franklin
> A proper answer to this would take quite a long time and I'm too  
> busy to do it right now -- if nobody else fields it I'll try to get  
> back to it. (I should note that there are probably some on this list  
> who don't think they are bad news.)
> For a fast and dirty answer: the inserted genes may have additional  
> effects not intended and not well understood, whether in the human  
> diet or in the environment as a whole. Also, in many cases, the  
> companies doing this are inserting things that may themselves be  
> problematic, and/or that imply characteristics on the part of the  
> company that many people don't like. One common GMO crop, for  
> instance, is modified to express the pesticide BT toxin in every  
> cell of the plant continuously; another common GMO technique is to  
> insert herbicide resistance, which is likely to increase the use of  
> herbicides in the short run and is also very likely to cause that  
> gene to pass into weeds now controllable by the herbicide in the  
> long run. Monsanto also wanted to genetically modify seed to make it  
> sterile in the next generation -- the Terminator gene -- so farmers  
> would be forced to buy seed every year; they pulled back on this one  
> because there was such an outcry. If this gene were to transfer  
> itself to other crops being grown in the area, there could be  
> widespread disaster, for the farmers and the genetic base. GMO  
> traits seem to transfer fairly easily, at least from wind-pollinated  
> crops.
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small  
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