Or any other major or minor biotech company in the world.
Not that I have a problem with any biotech company or their products.
In an effort to undermine my credibility, research, articles, content, and opinion, many of the anti-GMO crowd like to inform me that I’m just some “Monsanto hack” (apparently, they are unaware that there are other companies that produce a lot of other wonderful biotech products). They try to paint my content as just some propaganda coming directly from the GMO companies, in the guise of an attractive young farmer (ha!).
But, let me assure you, I don’t do any of this for any biotech companies.
I do it because I believe technology and science have a place in modern agriculture. I believe that’s it’s wrong and unethical to deny people nutritious and healthy food because some people have failed to research the safety of genetically modified crops. I believe it’s dangerous to allow groups of intentionally uninformed individuals lie to the public in an effort to scare them into buying overly expensive organic produce. I don’t believe it’s fair that one side gets to engage in eco-terrorism, blatantly lie, and deceive people, while farmers and scientists stick to sound principals, testing, and the law.
Agriculture is going to have a huge challenge in the next 40 years: We have to find a way to feed 9 billion people by 2050. The challenge will only get bigger by 2100 when there is expected to be 10 billion people gracing our planet. All the while, the amount of land available for farming is shrinking with urban sprawl.
The only way we can meet those demands is to be better at what we do.
We have to employ science. We have to develop technologies. And biotech is a key tool in growing our food supply, even as we shrink the number of farmers and the total acreage available for tillage.
Be assured: the only result of banning biotechnology is less food.
These products are heavily tested and regulated. Millions of dollars of research goes into making sure GMO produce is safe before it can be commercially grown. Several government agencies in the United States are involved in the process. Not to mention the countless government agencies in other countries of the world that are also reviewing these products. Not a single study has ever shown that biotechnology is bad for the environment or human beings. Not one.
The anti-science and anti-technology crowd is dangerous. Either they don’t understand the great challenge we have or they have fooled themselves into thinking there is some other way to meet it. But we cannot revert to the farming of the 1900’s and meet today’s demand, let alone the demand of our population 40 or 100 years from now.
So, no, I’m not doing this because some giant (or small) biotech company has asked me to. I’m not being paid by any company to write propaganda. I’m not someone’s parrot. I’m here to educate. I’m here to spread real information, not something made up by a radical activist groups. Education is the only way we can bring people out of the darkness and into the light on this issue.
Most importantly, I’m legitimately concerned about meeting the food demands of the world, including those we have today. I want to make sure we have a nutritious, safe, and abundant food supply now and in the future.
I guess that’s just the farmer’s daughter in me.