Two people, actually. Although, I’m sure there are many more like them.
I’d like you to meet Bruce Schulz. He’s a fourth generation farmer in Oregon. Mr. Schulz’s family has a 250 acre farm. He dad grew up on the farm. His mom still lives on the farm in their family home. He currently grows alfalfa.
Why do I want you to meet these guys? Because they’re both farmers that will be hurt by the Jackson County, Oregon ban on GMOs.
|Source: Oregon Live
Mr. Schulz has GMO alfalfa that he will have to destroy at the end of the year. In a sane world, he would have gotten 5-8 more years out of that alfalfa field. He anticipates that he’ll lose 30% of his gross income next year as a result.
Mr. Frink has decided he’s not even going to bother. He plans on retiring, selling the farm, and moving out of state. He pointed out that GMO alfalfa can be treated with one pesticide at about $6 per acres, while non-GMO alfalfa requires three pesticides costing $75 per acre.
Less farmers, less food.
It breaks my heart to see these guys in this position. It makes me sick to know that this was promoted by people who have very little knowledge of agriculture. And it makes me mad that organic farmers -who have gotten away with negative marketing of conventional crops for years – supported this measure.