Well, Monsanto’s at it again. I really can’t believe this one. Now they’ve come out with new seeds to combat Round Up resistant weeds that have developed since the advent of RoundUp ready crops. Instead of developing safer herbicides, they have brought back an old “friend”, Dow AgroScience’s herbicide, 2,4-D and developed genetically modified crops resistant to it and Round UP. What do I mean by “Old Friend”? 2,4-D is not a new herbicide. According to CivilEats, this herbicide has been around since WWII. Hence the old part. But what about the “friend” part? This particular herbicide is well know by another name. It is the main ingredient in something called “Agent Orange“. Sound familiar? This was the defoliant used during the Vietnam War and has been blamed for the suffering of countless veterans and civilians as well.
With nearly half of the 40 weed species already resistant to Round Up, according to Tom Laskawy in his article Monsanto’s New Seeds Be a Tech Dead End, it is likely that resistance to 2,4-D is not far behind. If you go over and read this article, you’ll notice that they keep referring to both Round Up and 2,4-D as pesticides. In agriculture pests are both insects and weeds. It can be confusing when you’re reading it, so just replace the word pesticide with herbicide in your mind as you read. In addition, 2,4-D is strongly linked to cancer and has a greater tendency to spread on wind. Where I live there are main roads that still have fields where they grow corn, alfalfa and other crops throughout the year. In researching this part, I was unable to find out just “how” these chemicals are applied. I am assuming that we are dealing with huge tracts of land under cultivation that the method of application is “dusting” by plane. The fact that 2,4-D has a greater tendency to spread on the wind, would make this extremely likely to contaminate surrounding areas. This could cause direct exposure to homes, schools, and towns located near affected crops.
Additionally, because weeds keep developing resistance to Round Up and most like will to 2,4-D also, Agribusiness keeps increasing their usage of these herbicides. Now if it were you just spraying some dandelions a second longer, no problem. (Although, I don’t think you should use this stuff at all except in extreme cases.) But the increase in usage is phenomenal. According to the Rodale Institute Report ( http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20090625/nf1 ) in 1994 agricultural use of Round Up was 7.9 million pounds. 1994 was the year before genetically modified Round Up ready crops were introduced. In 2005, that’s 7 years ago folks, agriculture use was 119 million pounds. That’s an increase of more than 15 times, not 15 percent but 15 times. How much more has been used in the last 7 years to bring us up to 2012, I wonder. Why the increase? Why use so much of this stuff? Because they can! Genetically modified seeds have made it possible to spray these poisons on the crops without killing them. The weeds develop resistance from exposure, so the farmer needs to spray more and since it won’t kill his crop he can spray more, and spray more frequently. It’s a trap.
And now they want to add Agent Orange into the mix.
Brothers and Sisters, just in case you don’t think that 1 Corinthians 6:19 includes taking care of our body as well as not sinning, maybe the fact that over 119 million pounds of poison is being introduced into our food system each year will encourage you to start growing at least some of your own food. It’s not hard. One pot, some dirt and a plant or two in a sunny window is a place to start. No one can do it for you. You’ll find growing at least a little of your own food is rewarding in ways you could never imagine. God wants us to be healthy. He wants us to live a long life to fulfill His purpose for us on this earth. And I’m sure it doesn’t include putting toxins into our bodies.
Almost none of us at this point can produce all of our own food. But we can do something.
Well, that’s about it for today. I hadn’t meant to go on a mission about this stuff today, but when I heard about this yesterday on The Survival Podcast and started researching the facts I wanted to use it to encourage you even more to start eliminating as much of this stuff from your diet as much as possible. To me it’s scary, thinking I have no control over whether this stuff is in my food or not since the USDA doesn’t force companies to label products containing GMOs. Even worse, they won’t allow companies who don’t use GMOs to label their food No GMOs. Their reasoning is that the Organic label is sufficient, but some crops which don’t qualify for the Organic label because practically requires the use of commercial fertilizer, ie corn.
Hope all of you have a great week. Hope to see you here tomorrow. I’ll try not to be on a tear and get back to the practical things we can do in the garden.
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Thanks for taking the time to walk with me in the garden today. I’ll see you tomorrow.