Choosing Between Chemical and Organic Farming

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Choosing Between Chemical and Organic Farming

Chemical farms use about 930 million acres in the United States and 3.8 billion acres globally – the vast majority of all agricultural land in the world.

Currently, the synthetic-chemical system includes both genetically modified organism (GMO) and non-GMO crops, since GMO seeds have yet to be developed for many fruits, grains, and vegetables.

But the chemical system and its effects are similar for both types of seeds.

Most food crops start with a seed.

But the seeds today aren’t like the seeds farmers have used for thousands of years.

Instead, farmers are strongly encouraged to choose seeds that have been genetically modified with the help of a bacterium – perhaps E. coli or salmonella – in order to resist the herbicide they use to keep their fields weed-free.

(Isn’t it interesting those are two of the bacteria that worked?)

These bacteria act as a kind of barrier for the DNA being transferred and they create antibiotics in the process (another contributor to our overexposure to antibiotics).

Billions of dollars were spent to develop this seed, yet the government required absolutely no health and safety testing before the seeds were planted.

When farmers purchase GMO seed, they sign contracts prohibiting them from saving seeds produced by this year’s crop to plant next year.

The seeds are protected by patents.

This is a kind of rental agreement, and the farmers must renew their leases each year by buying new seeds (at higher prices).

GMO seed companies charge more for their seeds than standard hybrid ones.

They are referred to as “improved” or “better” seeds by farmers and, even more enthusiastically, by investors.

By choosing this expense, farmers commit to paying more for seeds each year.

With this first choice of seed, farmers are choosing their system – chemical or organic.

There’s no reason to choose a GMO seed and grow it organically.

The seed is designed to thrive despite being sprayed with herbicides.

GMO cotton could be grown organically, since an organic pesticide was inserted into the DNA of the plant, but in general, if a farmer is buying GMOs, he has bought into chemicals.

The primary GMO seeds are corn, soybeans, and cotton, accounting for 15% of all farmland in the US, but about 33% of the tillable acres (farmland includes orchards and pastures, which aren’t tillable “fields”).

Farmers plant the seed in soil that’s likely weak and degraded from over-treatment with chemicals and under-treatment with natural, organic materials.

Soil, if not renewed with organic matter and treated with care, loses fertility over time.

It’s the equivalent of a person only taking vitamin pills instead of eating real food.

Chemical farmers believe to make more money, they need more land.

Few large-scale farmers own all the land they farm.

Rather, they lease land to increase their revenues and cover the costs of their investments in machinery.

So each year they look for more land to lease.

Landowners who lease to farmers often don’t care what the farmers do to the land as long as they can keep earning more money per acre.

Absentee landowners are the worst – they expect the farmer to subsidize their urban “Lexus lifestyles.”

Farmers do the math of how much they might earn per acre, per bushel, and per pound and gamble that by the time harvest comes around (if the weather cooperates), they’ve made the right bets.

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