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Sustainability rethink needed: GM farming promotes dangerous ‘externalities’

| | January 9, 2014

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In the last 20 years, the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for the agriculture industry has resulted in a slew of externalities that have negatively impacted human health, small-scale local farmers, and the environment.

The pursuit of industrial intellectual property rights of GMO technologies and seeds has inhibited economic opportunities for small-scale farmers. Compounding the problem, the intensive use of toxic chemicals has further damaged the environment and threatens to limit the diversity of traditional food sources for many cultures.

Simply put, unless we transition from the practices of the “business-as-usual” growth-driven industrial age to an age of sustainability where humanity strives to live in harmony with the Earth’s natural energy balance and carrying capacity, future generations will experience a slow death of declining “success” that could lead to the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Read the full, original article: The Industrial Age Must End

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