By now, you probably already know about the danger of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Many believe that they can wreck our physical health, tear apart our atmosphere, and even lead to (potentially) irreversible climate change.
Yes, the utter destruction of GMOs goes further than the many health threats coming from pesticide-resistant strains of both soy and corn (but those obviously deserve to be addressed, too). According to Vandana Shiva, PhD, founder of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, though, we must consider the macro-view of the scope of the destruction that can come from GMOs. Shiva, who also wrote the book, Soil Not Oil, took a more in-depth look recently at the disastrous impacts we can expect to see for both the global economy and our society as a whole if we continue to farm with GMOs
Speaking alongside a panel of other experts gathered together by groups like Carbon Underground, the Rodale Institute, and the Organic Consumers Association, Shiva alluded to her home nation of India to help depict the destruction involved with farming– and why it affects more than only the land. When talking about such devastation, she begins, “I’m talking about the 300,000 suicides of Indian farmers being locked into debt for chemicals and seeds” who believe the completely-false notion that this method of farming is both more productive and achieving higher incomes for them and their families, she finished.
A whopping 78 percent of farmers are in debt, she admits– and this purposeful source having farmers sell cheap commodities has essentially rendered agriculture useless. Considering agriculture makes up the majority of employment options around the world, switching to organic would help plenty of people, and that’s quite an understatement.
Knowing this, how did so many nations fall into this agriculture trap to begin with? According to Shiva, it’s because of the exploitation of seeds, as well as hoarding invaluable information.
Monsanto purchased the largest climate data corporation in the world, as well as a massive soil corporation, making it obvious that its plan is to totally control farming through huge data, Shiva goes on. Monsanto’s new plan is to be considered a service provider, rather than simply the biotechnology company it’s considered today. In other words: purchase climate data from them, your soil information from them, and your seeds from them.
Talk about an unhealthy situation!
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