This recent blog post by Rob Hopkins seems to me to be the last word on why genetically modified seeds are a Bad Idea, and how food security can be achieved through different means.
Arguments against GM is ok are:
- Claims that “There is zero evidence that genetically modified foods pose a health risk ” are not proven. And given that we once thought there was ‘zero risk’ from cigarettes and the internal combustion engine, isn’t it about time we learned to err on the side of caution?
- GM leads to the increasing corporate control of agriculture — Monsanto and other bio-tech corporations did not start genetically modifying seeds in order to feed the world, they did it in order to privatise genetic information, to hold patents for the very stuff of life.
- A recent scientific report is “dismissive of GM, arguing instead that the future of agriculture lies in “agro-ecological methods” and small scale farming. It argues for changing patterns of consumption so that farming doesn’t rely on oil and mined water. “
- Organic farming is better for climate change than GM — “soils under organic management have 28% higher levels of carbon than conventionally farmed soils in Northern Europe.”
- GM seeds create a culture of dependency — “Drug dealers often work by creating a dependency that they can then serve, initially appearing generous, their true intentions and motivation becoming clear only over time. … US farmers buying Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Soybean seeds in 2010 will be paying 42% more for those seeds than last year. Between 1975 and 1996, the cost of non-GM cotton seeds doubled, the cost of GM seeds rose from $73 to $589.”
And then he describes what a low carbon farming system would look like.