We have been growing crops on our farm for many years. During the passing of all these years there has been many changes. With the technology, the tractors, planting and harvesting machinery has become larger, more reliable and more efficient. The rate of change seems to be faster and faster, and farms are scrambling to keep on the treadmill of “ latest technology”. It comes with a big price tag, whether it is a new combine or the latest in seed technology.
With regards to new seed varieties, we are now in an era of multinational seed companies that sell patented seeds to farmers. Farmers sign strict agreements that they will not replant the seed that they reproduce.
With the introduction of genetically modified seeds “ GMO”, there has been an accelerated consolidation of private seed companies. There are very few independent seed breeding companies left.
The last several years after hearing of health anomalies, I have been researching for useful information regarding “ GMO” technology. The more I looked, the more it was obvious that the public government and universities are being mislead about the safety and and sustainability of this technology. There is no long term testing of GMO's. It does impact the health and the environment.
Non- Gmo is a way to erode the tentacles of the technology trap “ of the corporations”. A non- gmo approach is more sustainable. When approached with integrated pest management itis a great compromise to going full organic production. With proper crop rotation and good plant varieties, most chemicals can be eliminated. The less synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms in our food and in our environment the better it is for a healthy environment. - Ralph Baumlisberger