This article in the Western Producer recently came across my desk. It discusses a recent study showing potential risks of glyphosate (Roundup) to human wellness.
“This new pilot study confirms what many responsible scientists have been saying all along: there is no such thing as ‘safe’ levels when it comes to glyphosate, especially when it comes to children.” said Ronnie Cummins of the OCA.
This isn’t the only study of it’s kind. There is certainly enough science and enough evidence that our precautionary principle red-flags have been raised.
But certainly there are some who feel the chemical is safe. It’s use is tightly woven with the structure and economics of modern farming. (This doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do, but many farmers have staked their livelihoods on these practices.)
What’s particularly noteworthy, according to the article, is that the industry rebuttals to this study have not come. They have remained strangely silent, staying clear of the court of public opinion.
The court of public opinion is making it’s mark, though, and it’s climbing the ladder. Responding to consumer demand, brewers and Italian pasta makers are going elsewhere for their products. This surely takes a bite out of profits.
To turn the tides, industry players are recommending that the farmers themselves take on the challenge of boosting public sentiment.
“That’s why I’m suggesting that farmers take a crack at it, as well. Because I think that’s who people want to hear from,” said Owen Roberts, director of research communications at Ontario’s University of Guelph.
“I encourage all farmers to make communications, social media in particular, a part of their farm management strategy.”
…farmers might counter some of the negative perceptions by developing relationships with consumers through Twitter and Facebook.
Apparently it’s up to the farmers to go on facebook and twitter and be friendly to people and convince them that the chemicals are fine. Just be nice! It doesn’t matter what the truth is, says the article. Just go out there and make them like and trust you, and then they will eat your crappy foods sprayed with chemicals that may harm them and their children. Then they will do whatever you want!
FORGET ABOUT IT! WE DON’T WANT EVIDENCE OR LOGIC TO GUIDE US! WE WANT NICE PEOPLE TO TALK TO US ON THE INTERNET!
There are three main issues with GMO/glyphosate farming:
- The chemicals kill things on the farm and then go out into the water and soil and are blown around in the breeze and mess up more things.
- We don’t know what they do to us.
- Most of the things grown using the chemicals aren’t really food, anyway. High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar Beets, Soybean oil are for the most part not going into anything with redeeming nutritional value.
When considered together, common sense would dictate that we try other things. Or at least that there is reasonable cause for concern, and that maybe we should press pause while we get to the bottom of things.
In case you’re thinking we’re only being negative and not providing solutions, here’s an idea: flowers. This article gives a natural alternative. It means sacrificing some crop square footage, but hey, maybe it works!
AND IT LOOKS PRETTY!