What will the GMO debate look like 20 years in the future?

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When Monsanto created RoundUp, it plunked itself in the centre of a public throng that had never seen its likes — a throng that had not been with them throughout the process. Knee-jerk responses are rarely measured, and in this case they were highly destructive.

Holding power to account is always a good thing, but you’re not holding power to account when you’re yelling in a different language or when the things you’re opposing are driven underground.

Twenty years from now, agriculture will look different than it does today. The GMO debate will have ended, but it will continue in spirit under a different name. Biotechnology is not slowing down. It’s a busy arena, and a needed one.

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If the people, organizations and/or governments at the forefront of the GMO debate — at the forefront of the anti Big Ag movement, at the forefront of reforms that debilitate the very people growing their food — want to drive positive change and write themselves into agricultural history, they need to meet me on my farm.

My grandpa would have been impressed with how things in ag have advanced.

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I hope that the next generation on this farm impresses me some day.

Editor’s note: Toban Dyck is a farmer and Director of Communications at Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers

Read full, original post: In 20 years, ag will look very different — let’s just hope the technology isn’t evolving in secret

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