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Take That, Monsanto: GMOs Not Sustainable

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Even if there were no potential risks (see Related Care2 Stories below) associated with genetic engineering, the industrial approach to agriculture would not ultimately be sustainable. It views agriculture as discrete from its surroundings rather than intimately connected and responsible to the broader environment.

The UNEP report, prepared in partnership with the International Water Management Institute, identifies three things that must change: how we view our ecosystem assets, how we manage water resources in river basins and how we approach food production.  They list the steps to take to shift intensive-farming practices to an integrated approach that can ensure both food security and a sustainable ecosystem.

An Ecosystems Services Approach to Water and Food Security is an attractive, readable and intelligent document to share with politicians, aid organizations, philanthropist, and any decision-makers whose policies direct the future of agriculture.

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1:44AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Buy organic!!!

4:21PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

well duh!

5:11AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

COMPARE WITH MONOFEEDING PRINCIPLE; EVEN IF WE ATE ONLY A FEW CHOSEN "GRADE A" FOODS. INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND BODY TYPES UNKNOWN NEED TO FILL THE VOID AND ALSO SERVE AS "PRO-BIOTICS" TO BETTER ADVANCE THAT WHICH IS ALREADY IN THE BODY OR FOOD INTAKE ON A DAILY BASIS - ELASTIC IF YOU WILL.
COMPARE THIS FACT WITH WATER; YOU CAN LIVE LONGER WITHOUT FOOD THAN YOU CAN WITHOUT WATER - CLEAN WATER. BULK IS NOT ALWAYS BEST.

12:48AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Monsanto is evil. We also have a dipshit government that is allowing the patenting of biological entities. This should not be permitted. Anything that exists in nature, regardless of species, should not be a patentable item. Monsanto even has gone so far as to attempt to patent the pig!

All that being said, what this report doesn't touch on is that we could have food security NOW if people would switch to a plant based diet rather than animal based. So much of the grain we grow now is fed to animals used for meat. If we used that grain for people, much of the world's starvation and food security issues would be resolved.

Monsanto and the US government that supports its erroneous and dangerous claims, lawsuits and permissions to pervert our food supply need to be stopped. Not that I'm advocating an overthrow of the government, but we need to be heavily lobbying, petitioning and fighting against Monsanto at the government level. NO GMOs!!!!!!

12:38AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

The latest is that a beetle that destroys root systems has become immune to Monsanto's poisons, forcing farmers to use ever more toxic "cocktails." I mean, really, does Monsanto only hire scientists that don't know that species (whether bacteria, insect, animal or plant) always adapt? This seems like common knowledge to me. Or do they really think they are gods and can get around basic physical/evolutionary science? Are they smarter than a 5th grader?

I am beginning to believe that all the chemicals on our land, in our water and food is causing mass insanity, not to mention all the birth defects, cancer and other illnesses. Although I'm very glad there are a few scientists and agencies that are speaking up, I'm not sure they can do much against the greed, stupidity and insanity that has control over our government, business and financial systems. They won't stop until unimaginable numbers of species, including the human species are dead, and seeing as how many of these chemicals are also causing infertility, it will take along time for most species to recover, if ever. It may be a race to see what gets us first, this or climate change, major rivers are drying up that feed rice production in Asia (China has been experiencing a Dust Bowl for some time now,) floods wash away crops and take the top soil and all the poisons into our rivers, lakes and oceans.....

Whether it is a plot for a "new world order" or just plain greed and stupidity, the result may be the same. Good

12:01AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

No to Monsanto! No to GMO!

2:38PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

There is so much wrong with Monsanto and their bid for a world take over of all food! If they get their way, we will:
1. have to buy all seeds from them every year, their plants do not grow seeds. This puts them in total control of all crops and who will or will not recieve seeds. And you must pay them whatever they ask, They will have a total monopoly on the world's food.
2. Their seeds contain pestiicides that are time released into the plants--and plant products. We are already being poisoned bythese chemicals, They have been shown to cause cancer in liver, kidneys, etc... just by eating the fruits and veggies Monsanto grows.
3. By the practice of suing small farmers--especially organic ones--when their patented seeds get blown by the wind onto the organic/small farms' fields, organic and small farmers are losing their farms so organic produce will be a thing of the past and the last remaining small farmers will be put out of business.
4. Land must be rotated and not misused or the topsoil will lose all nutrients and blow away and turn the farmland to desert. Monsanto does not recognize this practice. Soon no one will be able to grow crops. And we wll all die.

GMO monocrop do nothing to help the world food problems but make each problem worse and worse. If you look at the long range effects of Monsanto's practices they are worse than non-sustainable! All scenerios move towards world starvation. Do your homework.

1:06PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Monsanto concerns me because, they taking control of global crops. Eventually, they could control who gets food and who does not.........This is a very powerful tool to control the masses..............Beside the fact we could end up living an end akin to soylent green due to lack of bio diversity.

8:02AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

We've been lead away from nature for a thousand years. The church once taught us that nature was the realm of the devil. Governments exploit nature, and people are naturally obeisant. Especially when we have a gun pointed at us.
Monsanto has such a gun, politicians. Note that many players of the Bush administration were Monsanto principles. Judges have said that even if a Monsanto seed lands in your fields from bird or wind, you have stolen Monsanto's patented seed. Keep in mind that plants cannot be patented.
Monsanto is no one's saint. It does not care about all of this high minded talk of feeding an encroaching population. It cares about controlling the world food supply. Much the same as Coca Cola seeks to control the worlds water supply. Standard Oil controls world petroleum.
We will return to natural ways, or we will return to dust. Technology can not replace nature. It can not even understand nature any more than a church can understand God or we can understand ourselves.
Jane Goodall demonstrated this many times by saving populations from poverty simply by having the people understand they're place in the web of life.
When I was a child, my parents were in charge of me. I'm all grown up and done with that. Big Brother needs to move out of my house and take care of his own. And he can take his techno relics with him. I have climbed many an apple tree and never met Steve Jobs, I have my own jobs thank you.

9:11PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Not good! Monsanto is not good for farmers, consumers, or mother nature. Mother nature is diverse for a reason! What happens when the "disease resistent" species of corn that Monsanto pushes on the farmers meets it's insect, fugus, or baterial match and the crop supply is greatly damaged? We're moving in the wrong direction on this issue. Sometimes you have to go back to move forward- small, local, organic farms are a bigger part of the answer than Monsanto!

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