Why do farmers use GMOs and pesticides?

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Chemicals changed the course of agriculture. They became available. Then they became affordable. And then they started to keep their promises, reducing input costs, improving weed/pest management and, ultimately, increasing production and profitability.

Genetics did the same. Advancements in breeding heralded the dawn of what many now colloquially refer to as GMOs, which have increased yields and protein content in crops and allowed food production to take place in previously infertile areas around the globe.

I appreciate the chemistries that allow me to grow high-yielding crops on clean, weed-free fields. I appreciate the science that allows me access to plant varieties suited to my region.

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For the public to rebuke farmers for their widespread use of pesticides and GMOs, calling those things unhealthy and environmentally harmful is inaccurate and merciless. For farmers to say that today’s agricultural practices are the only way is also inaccurate and, possibly, insulting.

I will use chemicals on my farm this year. I am setup for that. To choose otherwise would be to actively pursue crop failure.

Read full, original post: Anti-GMO and pesticide activism may be in vogue, but I’ll still use chemicals on my farm this year

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