Shaun: not because they want to block US trade but because they are responding as democratic governments responding to voters who do not want to eat GM foods.
Just once I’d love to see some hard scientific polls to back up this ascertain that Europeans are so terrified of GMOs. I’ve seen this claim made countless times but never really have seen the convincing numbers to see it backed up. Secondly these countries can feed off what fears that do exist and use them as a legitimate excuse to thwart US agricultural trade that could easily out compete their own producers.
Jid: All I can say is...... What a freaking load of bull**** rhetoric.
As someone who spent a good portion of my life on a dairy farm and studied in a agriculture related field long enough to cover the basics including the topic of GMOs and supplements I think Bush addressed some very valid points.
Jid: GM crops don't necessarily increase yields so much as make the crop resistant to herbicides or drought in almost all cases of GM crops put forward for approval. Simply put, it allows farmers to be slightly less careful about how they apply their weed killers, and supposedly lessens the amount of herbicides one would have to use, or, makes it so that they can use such wheat in less arable regions, and still have decent yields for the work they put in.
Jid apparently you’ve never lost a field full of wheat to army worms or had it smothered out by weeds? Or how about having your yield reduced by a huge amount because of a dry summer that left your crop parched and stunted? In all those cases your production has been drastically reduced along with the profit that goes toward continuing your farming endeavor. GMOs are crops that can survive in harsher environments and conditions while still flourishing with higher yields than traditional crops that would be lucky to just survive. On the issue of herbicides these chemicals are actually fairly expensive to purchase and not exactly the most environmentally friendly thing. With cheap GM crops a farmer can buy less herbicides and shift that revenue to endeavors that will increase both the yield and profit from their crops.
So the correct answer is that all of the things you list there increase the yield of crops.
Jid: What Bush fails to mention is that we already *have* the capability to feed the world. We just choose not to because when it comes down to the nitty gritty, we would nigh unto *demand* financial compensation that such countries couldn't afford it.
Instead, farm aid literally pays some farmers to not plant crops for a year. Can't burn too much of that grain that can't be
What many may not realize is that while most farmers would love to very loftily provide food to feed the world that they first have to ensure they have food on their own table. In the current environment agriculture is not the most profitable of endeavors and many farmers are barely scrapping by. Europe by cutting off their markets is cutting off a potential market where US crops could be sold at a profit allowing the surpluses to be diverted to feed those whom are unfortunate enough to not be able to afford those crops.
Now if we simply produced grain like crazy without the markets to export it to for a profit you’d find farmers going under even quicker. Those extra seeds and the resources to grow that extra crop require investment of capital and without returns they go under like any other business. Except you know what farmers are even more vulnerable to this trend than any corporation. Those European markets are needed so farmers can make more money selling their product and then have the money to afford producing the surplus to feed the world that they won’t profit from.
Oh and before we point fingers at US agricultural programs at least US farmers can sell their products on the free market without fear of being arrested by the government because they need a license. In the US farmers aren’t restricted to being a class that is stomped down by the government.
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