January 26, 2011 GM Crop discussion is missing the point
In todays Southwest Farm Press David Bennett comments that ultimately and hopefully, advocates of GM crops may prove correct and biotechnology will be the world’s savior. But before that can happen some sticky issues – which have been around from biotech’s inception, begging for solutions – must be dealt with.
Is a farmer’s right to plant whatever he likes on his land trumped by his neighbor’s fear of pollen drift and desire to keep supplying organic/non-GM markets? He asks how far should GM and conventional crops be kept apart? Will trade agreements be tweaked to allow GM crops into more countries?
He notes these issues have been left for too long,and have now coalesced around Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa.
The USDA’s coming rules regarding the GM alfalfa, expected on Jan. 24, was the subject of the first 2011 House Agriculture Committee hearing this week.
What I contend is that only a lunatic believes it is a good thing for a company to “own life”. It gives Monsanto the right to have seed police that make me sign agreements to not save seed and then go into my neighbors fields and scout for any genetics that may have drifted by Mother Natures hand into his field.
If they find modified seed, instead of asking to buy the seed at a resonable price, they bring huge law suits against the producer or anyown they associate with.
It seems reasonable to me that if you grow GMO crops, it’s your job to keep your “dog in the pen”.