According to Harvard University; “From Corgis to Corn” history tells us the first GMO was about 32,000 years ago with the selective breeding of the canine. Slowly forward to around 7800 B.C. there is reference to wheat, bananas and corn… to be larger. Recently in the 1970’s Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen cut out part of one organism and paste it into another (antibiotic resistance one had to another that did not). Thus began the science of the GMO and the Pro/Anti debate.
Organic Farming; Wikipedia defines as “an alternative agricultural system which originated early in the 20th century”. And at the same time described as “…traditional farming, now considered to be “organic farming”” before there were inorganic growing methods. Many will say the organic growing techniques will fall short considering the increases in global population.
How the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is directly related to the GMO/Organic discussion.
• 94.4 million Cattle in the U.S. (Beef, Dairy & Calves)
• 2 Billion Chickens in the U.S.
• 89.1 million corn acres planted in 2018 (See USDA)
• 46% of the corn goes to feed the cattle (down) (another 43% to fuel and exports)
• 88.9 million acres of soybean harvest is forecast in 2018 (See USDA)
• 80-90 percent of U.S. water consumption is in agriculture
• 50 million acres (2012) crop/pasture lands irrigated
Ok, my point. 97% of the farms in the United States are “family owned”. In turn I would suspect close to the same percentage of those families are owned by a company, corporation or conglomerate of some kind. They provide a service, taking instructions, the risk and little reward in comparison to the hard work and effort it takes to fulfill the needs of their owners.
I know, my point. Anyway, if you consider the 44.5 million acres and distribute them as equally as possible throughout the same farming communities and counties in the U.S. Then repurpose them with organic, highly proven and nutritious GMO farm to table foods. The answer is not us versus them, democrat vs. republican, Organic versus Genetically Modified.
The construct of local communities deepening in their relationships with their neighbors and working together. A feeling that is been disappearing and disparaging our country slowly for decades not. It’s not fair… right? In some sense no its not. We trusted, went on with our lives, growing up, becoming parents… then still gradually (not in retrospect) we started seeing our loved ones die from unnatural causes, and our owners dissuade and persuade to get their way.