Here’s a poster we commissioned a few months ago that remains among the most current infographics showing that the vast majority of the sugar beets, soybeans, canola, cotton, field corn and papaya grown in the United States have been genetically modified.
The poster doesn’t pick sides, but offers the facts. However, if like us, you’re concerned about GM crops undercutting the scaffolding of American agriculture by tethering farmers, nay, whole crops, to major pesticide/seed manufacturers and their selected chemicals (GM seeds are patented), you may see this chart as a wake up call. As a consumer, you may be interested to see the many GM foods in the queue. The genetic modification of foods is quickly advancing to take in fruits and vegetables, a realm of whole foods previously untouched. (Click on the image to make it larger and readable.)
This sweeping GM program is actually failing to produce the once-promised escape from heavy chemical dependence. The first generation of GM crops are requiring more pesticides and producing superweeds and superbugs, pests that are resistant to the pesticides. That’s now well documented, including in a few charts in the graphic above.
Monsanto and other corporations are rolling out new lines of seeds that are “stacked” with multiple GM “traits” to resist new chemicals, including some old and not so appealing ones, like 2,4-d, which was a component of Agent Orange. Will this be any safer? Will these new lines not also produce resistant bugs and weeds? Will yields get better under this program? Or will the soil give out under the chemical assault?
Will we continue down a path in which consumers must rebel at their end against something they fear may not be as nutritious or even as safe as the foods of yesteryear (way yesteryear, before chemical farming)? Many Americans, indeed, consumers around the world are wary of GM foods, fearing long term consequences that may only become apparent when it’s too late.
These questions demand answers. But for today, let’s just take in the current landscape. The poster’s a place to start.