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Iowa farmer debunks 8 popular myths about GMOs

| | February 9, 2017
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[Editor’s note: Michelle Miller, known on social media as the Farm Babe, raises lamb and beef cattle, and grows almost 2,000 acres of row crops like corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa with her boyfriend in Northeast Iowa.]

Myth #1: Farmers are forced to grow GMOs.

No, we aren’t forced to. No, the government doesn’t pay us to. We grow them because we want to and they help us, you, and the planet. Since the inception of certain GMO crops, insecticide spray is down 85 percent, while overall pesticide spray is down 37 percent, crop yields are up on average 21 percent. If farmers can produce more crops on less land while using fewer inputs, less pesticides, fuel, etc we are going to jump on it. Please allow us to do our jobs.

Michelle Miller

Myth #2: They aren’t safe, and aren’t well tested.

BLATANTLY FALSE. GMOs are the most regulated and tested crops in plant breeding history and are proven safe by nearly every major food safety authority in the world….

Myth #6: Monsanto is a greedy company that has control over farmers.

Look, Apple is a big company because people buy their products. They like iPhones. They want technology. Monsanto is a big company. Who buys their products? Farmers. Why? See myth No. 1.

[The entire list reads: Myth #1: Farmers are forced to grow GMOs.; Myth #2: They aren’t safe, and aren’t well tested.; Myth #3: They are drenched in toxic herbicides, and Roundup is the devil.; Myth #4: They cause cancer.; Myth #5: They cause farmers in India to commit suicide.; Myth #6: Monsanto is a greedy company that has control over farmers.; Myth #7: GMOs are patented, and farmers are not allowed to save seeds.; Myth #8: GMOs don’t germinate the following year because of terminator technology.]

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Farm Babe: Top 8 myths about GMOs debunked

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