It is breathtaking that Australia is pushing GM. It's failures are huge
and it has sucked up endless money and time and caused genetic pollution
and numerous harms, including birth defects and cancers. Here is an article
from the Conversation talking about the "post-truth' world of agriculture,
talking especially about GM, pesticides, over production of food and the
corporates claiming to be climate smart:
The GM industry and associated scientists, bureaucrats, and technophiles
remain wilfully blind to:
- The latest GM crops resistant to Dicamba, harming 2.5million acres of
non-GMO-dicamba proof crops in the US.
If organic crops had caused this sort of disaster (including one farmer
shooting and killing his neighbour) I think it would have been all over
Australian media. Background to this is that most GM crops are designed to
be sprayed with Roundup but the weeds no longer die and are 'superweeds".
This is what the situation looked like years ago in the US - weeds so big
they break machinery and even hand hoes:
To deal with these superweeds they developed GM crops that could be sprayed
with Dicamba as well. Of course this will only be a short term fix and
eventually will need even more poisons. This is not food, it is death.
A more accessible story of this is here:
Anyway, this may all be too much as basically you are right - we need local
and locally developed food systems using seed that suits the climate and
the farmers and eaters. I could go on and on but want to make things
targeted for you. In my view industrial/chemical/GM ag is like the
producers of Thalidomide. That is why I liked the Monsanto Tribunal
approach of showing they breech human rights and need to be brought to
account. They can get away with it, in my view as there is a 'story' that
without this ag we will starve. Hard to take seriously as we can see the
poisoning and death caused by this system. I feel we need to show the harms
of the system and say we need the sort of ag you do. Of course the
extraction of profit will not be the same as it will stay in local areas.
The emergence of the behemoths of ag (and corporations in general) cannot
happen without mass extraction of profit from the serfs of the system.
Maybe this is no help whatsoever however I'm happy to further discuss. Do
you want me to go through the whole doc and do a critique?
Hope all is well with you