Using the metaphor of a tree, it charts the loss of U.S. seed variety from 1903 to 1983. And what you see is that we’ve lost about 93% of our unique seed strands behind some of the most popular produce.
Some argue that GMOs might be the answer to feed staving people around the world. That is FALSE!
GMO food has been available for over 20 years and we have more people starving now than ever. We do not have a food shortage in this country, we have a logistics, waste and Greed problem in this country!
Here are the facts:
In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions
In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month Source
Worldwide Food Waste Facts
Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)
The amount of food lost and wasted every year is equal to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crops (2.3 billion tons in 2009/10) Source
Both within the US and Internationally, farmers have struggled with crop loss due drought, flooding, contamination and EVEN underperforming gmo crops (sometimes due to super weeds created by too much applications of synthetic herbicides) Organic farmers face gmo contamination and synthetic pesticide drift, essentially wiping out entire crops.
GMO Corn is used as a cheap fuel alternative and a cheap sugar alternative. It isn't even real food!
"The demand for biofuels, particularly corn ethanol, is impacting production of non-GMO and organic grains. The increased production of corn for ethanol is reducing acres of, and increasing premiums for, non-GM soy, reducing organic land conversion, increasing GMO contamination risks, and raising food and feed prices. Meanwhile, there are doubts about the long-term viability and sustainability of corn ethanol as an alternative fuel" source
"Take corn, one of the mostly widely grown GE crops around the world. A major new paper found that average yields of GE corn in the United States from 1986 to 2011 were slightly lower than corn yields over the same period in western Europe, where GE crops aren’t grown. The research was led by Jack Heinemann, a professor of genetics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand." Source
GMOs are also 100 times more expensive to develop than traditionally bred varieties, swallowing up resources that could be put to better use by helping to solve the real causes of poverty and hunger.
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