[Market-farming] GMO's

breck bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com
Wed Jun 10 15:09:43 EDT 2009

Don't assume the University research is impartial. If they are obtaining
funding from industry there is the temptation to slant results to keep the $
flowing. Example: The U of KY was joined at the hip with the tobacco
industry. UofK made some outrageous reports for years as to the safety of

It's hard to find research being funded from impartial sources. Rodale
Institute seems to be doing some, but maybe it is just slanted in the
direction that I like?

I wonder if the flood prone tract was farmed before the advent of GMOs and
if so how? 


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Another question I have is how big of an impact does the relatively
widespread use of Bt producing crops have on instigating insect resistance
to the bacterial agent?  How soon can we growers, who depend on occasional
use of Bt agents like Xentari and Dipel, expect to have the value of those
pesticides mitigated due to the use of YieldGard and Herculex seeds?  I do
wonder if any University scientists or otherwise impartial individuals have
investigated these possibilities.

Kurt Forman
Clearview Farm
Palmyra, NY 14522

--- rootsfarm at cwdom.dm wrote:

From: Roots Farm & Karen Sutherland <rootsfarm at cwdom.dm>
To: Market Farming Community <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] GMO's
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:45:31 -0400
As the ongoing discussion demonstrates there are so many issues involved in
assessing GMO's.  Even evaluating the "facts" and "factoids" such as:

	whether GMO's raise or lower yields (and under what conditions)
 	whether GMO's add risk of contaminating nonGMO crops (and under what
	whether GMO's will decrease or increase use of potentially toxic
	whether GMO's will ultimately be positive or negative for food
	whether GMO's can be adequately tracked and identified to minimize
risk of allergic reactions for consumers
	and so many more important questions
makes it vitally important to ask who controlled the generation,
presentation and publication of the underlying research and did they stand
to gain from it?  Can results, even if fairly generated and presented, be
validly extended beyond the specific tests done?

But to me, the even bigger questions are not the huge and difficult
questions of the "facts, " but  questions of underlying values, such as:

	Does the boost to short-term profit, maybe even survival of a
specific farmer or corporation, offset risk to long-term survival?
	Who should bear the risk and the potential liability should GMO's
prove hazardous (whether by use or possible misuse)-- the people who made,
use and profit from their use or everyone else, consenting or not?
	Does any one have the right to own & control the food supply and
make potentially irrevocable decisions for the rest of us?
	On what side should one choose the chance of error, on the side of
prove that it's harmful or prove that it's safe?
I love this list and thank you, thank you Liz for making it possible.

All best wishes,

Zone 10+

Roots Farm
Organic Produce
Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs
Cockrane, DOMINICA
rootsfarm at cwdom.dm

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