GMO crops, pesticides essential for no-till, dryland agriculture

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. . . I was invited to attend . . .  a celebration of twenty years of biotechnology in crops. Too often, we spend our time defending GMOs, pesticides and the like, and not enough time is spent in recognizing the amazing achievements this technology has allowed. Twenty people. . . . were invited to the event, with representatives from CropLife Canada (the host of the evening), the government . . ., universities, industry professionals. . .and of course, farmers.

. . . . I felt it was important to share with you what I spoke about:

. . . .Dad talks about the 80’s . . . and not too fondly . . . It was a decade of drought, with searing heat waves and limited rainfall. To say it was a challenging time is a severe underestimation of the difficulties farmers faced.

We will see another decade like the 80’s, and the 1930’s too. But this time will be different. With the rise of pesticides and the release of GMOs, we have been able to virtually eliminate tillage. There won’t be another dust bowl. No-till is the saviour of dryland agriculture – but it only works if we have access to pesticides and GM crops.

Read full, original post: My Experience Attending Table For Twenty

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