Fighting against GMO
“You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed and call it life. You haven’t created life. You’ve polluted it.” ~ Vandana Shiva
Since GMO seeds unintentionally float farther than they’re suppose to, this poses a threat. Because when these seeds start mixing up and do a cross – pollination, this creates a herbicide resistant “super – weed”. This “super – weed” threatens a lot of other crops and wild plants. They’re sort of creating Nypa Fruticans which is an aggressive plant that poses a threat against Mangroves.
GMO seeds + local seeds = Threat towards crops and wild plants = Oh No!!!
And, according to The Standard and Debating Europe:
“Scientists claim that GMOs have, for instance, decimated butterfly populations in the United States, and led to birth defects among other animals.”
Our most important pollinators, bees and birds are dying like proverbial flies. Of course, when our scientists heard of the news they had to find the source of their death. We have created so many things that already threaten the life of bees and birds. We are just adding to it. If we can’t find a way to stop our first mess up (yet) then we should stop making more mess. After all, bees and birds are what helps us to survive. Look at the picture below and just study it for awhile. Do you see the importance the bees give to us! Yes. Big importance. BIG.
And, you want to know what the scientist found out? Another reason our bees and birds are dying is because the use for neonicotinoids was increasing. Neonicotinoids “are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.”. Neonicotinoids also play a big role in affecting our ecosystem.
But where was this source of neonicotinoids coming from? Farms. Companies such as Syngenta, Bayer CropSciences, Dow Agro sciences and Monsanto have been supplying farmers with GMO seeds, herbicides and pesticides which all included neonicotinoids. This was reducing our population of bees, butterflies, other bugs and birds. And, according to the Organic Consumers Organisation “Other herbicides and pesticides, especially Monsanto’s Roundup, used to grow GMO crops-and also used to contain (kill) weeds in cities and home gardens-are decimating pollinators, fish and wildlife, and some would argue, humans, too.”.
When our bees goes, so do we.
No Bees = No Food
No Bees = No Apples, Mangos, Rambutan, Kiwi Fruit, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Guava, Rose Hips, Pomegranates, Pears, Black and Red Currants, Alfalfa, Okra, Strawberries, Onions, Cashews, Cactus, Prickly Pear, Apricots, Allspice, Avocados, Passion Fruit, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Adzuki Beans, Green Beans, Orchid Plants, Custard Apples, Cherries, Celery, Coffee, Walnut, Vanilla
These are just a few of the long list I found at Natural Society. Guys, this is serious, no more coffee!
Now, I’ll be telling you the places that have banned GMO, according to The Nation, such as:
- Africa (2)The picture on GM cultivation bans across Africa is not clear due to the current pressure being put on many African governments by the Biotech industry and the Gates Foundation to lift long-standing bans on the import of unmilled GMO seeds or unmilled GMO food aid, however two countries do still have full legal bans on GM crop cultivation:
- Algeria (since 2000)
- Madagascar (since 2002)
- Northern Ireland
- The Netherlands
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Ukraine (although there is massive GM contamination in the country)
GMO has a big impact in all our lives. When we affect the birds and bees, our main pollinators, we affect ourselves. I join the groups of people around in the different parts of this world who fight against GMO. I do not recommend GMO to be used, anywhere.