‘Gut punch’: Canadian farmer takes attacks against GMOs personally

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[Editor’s note: Andrew Campbell is a dairy and crop farmer near London, Ont.]

Our corn and soybeans are mostly genetically engineered (or genetically modified, GM). If I didn’t use those, I’d need to till my soil or spray more often in order to control weeds.

So where do the concerns come from?

Andrew Campbell

Certainly not from the science community or government regulators, who have shown repeatedly that GM crops are as safe as all others and that registered pesticides (including organic), when used as directed, represent minute risks compared to benefits.

Usually those concerns trace back to companies trying to sell alternatives. Just Label It is sponsored by Whole Foods, Stoneyfield Organics and others like it. Non-GMO Project Verified was started by two ‘natural food’ stores.

They’re building their businesses trying to portray me and my family as bad guys – for simply doing what’s best for our farm, community, family and customers.

So does it get me upset when I see a claim that defies what’s proven to be safe and effective? It’s a gut punch to this family farmer and thousands like me.

Today’s food system is not perfect. That’s why we work to make it better through dozens of farm and agricultural initiatives. But how we did it 50 years ago isn’t better.

I hope you’re proud of what you do for a living and your impact. As a farmer, I am.

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  • relO627

    Sounds a little sensitive.

    • Verna Lang

      Sounds a little tired of histrionics and false accusations of poisoning people for profit. Like he said, the concerns are not coming from the science community. They are coming from people who willfully dismiss the science because it interferes with their belief system. You know, like the climate change and evolution denialists do.

      • relO627

        He might be sensitive toward his bottom line.

        • Verna Lang

          You may have missed the point of my comment. You have no scientific evidence to back up your opinion, yet you still impugn the integrity of this farmer that does follow the crop science. How ironic that you are displaying the same attitude, no doubt fueled by articles bought and paid for by his competition, that he is complaining about.

          • relO627

            Right in my non scientific opinion this farmer seems a little over sensitive towards online banter. Maybe he feels its affecting his bottom line now or in the future.

          • Verna Lang

            Banter: the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks. Considering the accusations of “shill,” “you’re not a real farmer,” and “cancer causing GMO crops killing people” comments that are common on Disqus exchanges, your definition of banter must be radically different from the accepted dictionary one.

          • relO627

            If he is offended by that maybe stay off the internet.

          • Catch a clue.

          • relO627

            Right, if you cant take the heat stay in the barn.

          • Verna Lang

            And leave the internet to Luddites, who apparently like technology as long as they can use it to broadcast their intimidation and misinformation?

          • relO627

            Maybe ketchum needs to hire some more bots.

          • Verna Lang

            Keep up the good work! Every time you use that hackneyed shill accusation, you damage anti-GMO movement. Ketchum must be buying up more people like you to make the cause look more and more ridiculous!

            Here is why the throw-away “you work for Monsanto” or “shill for Monsanto” or “shill for Ketchum” comment harms the anti-GMO movement:
            1. It immediately says that you are willing to make up information in the absence of evidence.
            2. It says that you are finished with the conversation, that nothing I communicate is valid in your opinion.
            3. It shows that you are willing to try to influence other like-minded people with disinformation.
            4. It shows disdain for the peer-review process and scientific method.

          • relO627

            I never said the farmer was a shill, I said pr companies hire people to go online and “soften the image”.

            Do you dispute that?

            Why are you making personal guesses about me?

          • Verna Lang

            Oh, the irony!

          • relO627

            I wish I got paid to “soften the image”. ;)

          • Ouch!!

        • What farmer is not? What farmer is non-profit?

          • relO627

            Is that his motive here?

          • Stuart M.

            You of course work entirely for free, you don’t require any compensation for your efforts, right? Oh, you do? Is that your motivation?

          • relO627

            Yes i wish i got paid to hit “post as”. Don’t you?

          • Short memory. Verna kicked your ass with this:
            Keep up the good work! Every time you use that hackneyed shill accusation, you damage anti-GMO movement. Ketchum must be buying up more people like you to make the cause look more and more ridiculous!

            Here is why the throw-away “you work for Monsanto” or “shill for Monsanto” or “shill for Ketchum” comment harms the anti-GMO movement:
            1. It immediately says that you are willing to make up information in the absence of evidence.
            2. It says that you are finished with the conversation, that nothing I communicate is valid in your opinion.
            3. It shows that you are willing to try to influence other like-minded people with disinformation.
            4. It shows disdain for the peer-review process and scientific method.

          • relO627

            So do pr companies pay people to go online and “soften the image”? Simple yes or no will suffice. Thanks.

          • No. No proof of that showing up here. That’s why Verna so completely humiliated you.

          • relO627

            I didnt ask about here specifically, I said online.

          • Not relevant to this debate. Red herring.

          • relO627

            The debate is about a farmer who doenst like bad press.

          • This ain’t press.

          • relO627

            So whats he mad about?

          • relO627

            Why cant the gmo campaign counter that argument?

          • There is no ‘GMO campaign’, there is only real science and its deniers. But we have won! Seems you never got the memo that the GMO debate ended last year with the NAS study and Obama’s GMO disclosure act that guarantees you foil hatters will never get your labels for a non-existent ingredient that is only a breeding method not present in any foods.
            Science truth won, the organic campaign lost.

          • relO627

            So gmo companies dont hire pr firms to do advertising and pr but organic companies do?

          • Exactly. If there ever was any of that, it ended last year with the May 16 2016 release of the NAS study that ended the debate permanently. Now the organic cartel needs to redouble their meme generations to just hold onto their pathetic 1% market share.
            I’m only here to gloat and to further humiliate you foil hatted losers.

          • relO627

            So sounds like they need to hire some pr firms to revamp the image to make farmers not feel attacked.

          • Loser! Lost in space. Lostamindo. Loosarini! Losing on the membrane.

          • relO627

            Yes, tell the boys to hire some pr firms, maybe the farmer boys wont be such snowflakes.

          • Loser says what?

          • relO627

            The farmer sounds like a snowflake.

          • The GLP is ground zero for genetic literacy. It is at the very bottom of any mythical hit list for your paid shills.

          • relO627

            Where do the Ketchum boys usually go then?

          • Shill gambit. Automatic forfeit of the debate. You just lost by default: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IARC_Group_2B_carcinogens
            Looohoooozerrrr!!!

          • relO627

            You mentioned shills, people paid by pr companies to “soften the image” are indeed shills.

          • No YOU mentioned shills when you alleged there are “Ketchum boys” going somewhere. You have already lost here. At this point you can only humiliate yourself further, loser.

          • relO627

            Is Ketchum not a pr firm?

          • Is reIo627 not a loser?

          • relO627

            Yes Ketchum is a pr firm. Nice slight of hand though….;)Props homey.

          • You keep referring to a non-proven connection like a man in quicksand grasping straws. You already lost here, thanks for staying around for me to utterly humiliate you.

          • relO627

            But you didnt win if Ketchum was the pr firm of huge multinational chemical and agricultural conglomerates. And yes sorry bro, they do hire people to go online and “soften the image”. Cause you know that the most coveted demographic, the moms need to have images softened.

          • But, but, but…. grasp at those straws as you drown!

          • relO627

            Ketchum.

          • Loser. Forfeited.

          • relO627

            Thats not going to help soften the image to the mommy bloggers.

          • What is the motive of every person trying to make a living?

          • relO627

            But not everyone takes bad pr personally.

          • PR is not a topic here, Science is. But you are obsessed with trying to make it into something it is not. Paranoia and fear mongering and conspiracy theory trash.

          • relO627

            So the farmer doesnt like some science and takes it personally due to his profits might suffer?

          • There is no “some science”. You made that up right here on the spot.

          • relO627

            So what is the farmer mad about?

          • Assholes like you.

          • relO627

            Cause I make his profits less than they could be?

          • No, you don’t do that.

          • relO627

            Right.

    • Good4U

      Did you plan on posting something meaningful which is based on your thorough study of biotechnology, and your resulting enlightenment as to its merits which are manifest in the facts that you are amply fed and have so much spare time to peruse the internet and comment with probity, all because you personally are not a slave to agriculture as your forbears were? Or did you just come to this site to throw up airheaded drivel?

      • relO627

        No I just plan to question the farmers motive in said story. You dont have to respond.

        • Good4U

          You failed. You don’t have to respond. You’re just lost.

          • relO627

            Yet you guys keep responding.

          • Good4U

            We like to poke fun at idiots. Sadistic creatures aren’t we?

  • Stuart M.

    Hooray, Mr. Campbell! I am a consumer who admires and respects farmers. It is simply amazing how much food American farmers can grow. I avoid all products labeled non-GMO or “organic.”

    • relO627

      Dont you respect farmers who grow all three types?

      • We can respect an artist who’s expression is by spitting mouth fulls of paint onto canvas but we won’t buy it to place on our walls.

        • relO627

          Noted.