Solution Proposal Jake Marcus

I found this part of my paper to be particularly interesting:
-I found it interesting that the European Union was restricting the use and trade of these GMOs.
This part was surprisingly difficult:
-It was difficult for me to defend or fight the counterargument, I tried using what I would do in the situation and that seemed to help a little bit for me.
Next time I would do this differently:
-Next time I would do more research on different topics and find one that I enjoy more, because if you enjoy learning about the topic everything seems to flow better.

Farmers of America, See How You Can Help Our Future As A World Leader In Grains and Livestock.

What is a GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. These organisms can be plants or animals that are normally produced for consumption. These organisms are created from mixing DNA from bacteria and viruses along with other plants and animals. These products have flooded the United States markets and we have been consuming them without knowing most times. This may be caused by a lack of labeling and also from lack of knowledge about the products on the part of the consumers. As someone who comes from a farming background, I have always known about chemicals, whether it be used to enhance the crops or the livestock in my area. I have participated in using these chemicals in both situations. I have worked in pig barns since I was 16 and on my family friend’s farm before that, so I do have so first-hand experience on this topic.

Are genetically modified organisms harmful to the humans and animals that inhabit our earth? The fact may not be that they are directly hurting us, they do allow the farmers of the world to produce an abundance of crops and grains, it goes beyond that though. When these farmers are using these chemicals on the soil, many farmers don't understand the strain and harm they are doing to the earth that we live on. These chemicals can destroy the wildlife that live in the areas of high chemical use, such as the Midwest and California. GMO's are playing a key role in the health of the world. The farmers and ranchers are beginning to use too much fertilizer, pesticides, and additives on and in today's crops and feeds to keep the foods at a healthy level.

These GMO's are hurting our planet in more ways than one. I have a few ideas regarding how to fix these problems and seeing as how I am from a farming community, this topic strikes home for me. These problems are not only the farmers fault, because most of them don't know the problems that the chemicals they are planting are causing. Chemical use also isn't only in the farming industry, with of all the agricultural jobs that are now in the United States chemicals are used all across the nation. These are just a few problems that come to mind when I am talking about this topic. I will expand on the other problems that exist later on too.

The main argument that I have against GMO's is that they are destroying what precious arable land we have left in this country, along with the main places in which our country's wildlife lives. The chemicals that the farmers often use don't get misused, but when they do, they have terrible effects on the land and water. Speaking from experience, I have seen a spray plane by my house miss the field he was supposed to be spraying and hit a creek bed that runs directly into a main lake in our area. Everyone can tell when there are chemicals in a lake today from the green foam/algae that covers the surface during the summer months. This is also hurting the fishermen who are catching fish out of this chemically filled water and bringing them home to eat. There have been cases throughout the nation where toxins get into the fish and cause illness to someone who has eaten them.

As a farmer at heart, I feel the responsibility to tell people about the problems with our growing techniques. When I said that it isn't just the farmers fault, I was talking about the larger seed corporations that are producing these seeds and feeds. In the seed industry, they are constantly developing new chemicals to mix in with seeds so that they can withstand the spraying of pesticides and herbicides. These chemical sprays are going to run off spots and leaking into our natural water supplies.

If we were to cut out these sprays and other chemicals mutations that are added to our seeds we could go back to selling to the entire world. As of right now, most of the European countries are refusing to buy our grains because they are putting new strains of plants into the wild. I found a report about how today’s studies show that 80% of wild canola plants that are tested contain at least one mutant gene. This is a shocking fact because with all those plants out there is allowed to be more chemicals. The overuse of these chemicals also causes plants to become hardier, and the weeds that the chemicals are trying to kill get tougher to kill. In the short years that these chemicals have been used we have already had to re-engineer new chemicals to kill the same weeds that we were previously able to kill with the chemicals we already had in production. to be spread on the plants which lead to more and more new strains of DNA going into the wild with each new type seed that goes into production.

When I say that we could cut the spray usage down for a solution I believe we could slow down on using these by either restricting a farmer to a certain amount of chemicals a year or by having the government put certain bans on chemicals that are too powerful or ones that add to much mixture at one time.

To fix this problem, I suggest that we decrease the amount of chemicals we use and hire workers to work the fields. This would produce jobs in our failing economy and also would make our seeds and feeds more marketable in the world markets which would also increase the worth of the seeds that we are growing. I know it may make the farmers take a slight pay cut, but it will also make it so that when their kids take over the family farms, there will still be clean and arable for the future generations. We can also consider the water shortage out in California. The fresh water in our world is decreasing and if we continue to pollute it with chemicals like we have been doing we will surely lose a greater amount each year.

Another solution that is out there is that if we could provide adequate information or labeling on the goods that these GMO's produce we could limit the sales of these items. Yes, it's may cause a decline for a year or two for the farmers but it will also make them realize that with less artificial additives in our products we can earn more money not only in America but all of the world. In my hometown area there are many farmers that use the popular method of the chemicals which is cheaper in most standards and also allows for higher yields and increased seeds count. But there are also organic farmers that use no chemical but rather use the older ways of farming such as tilling and early cultivation methods. Their fields are obviously not as big but they do provide a wider market in which they can sell their goods. Without using those chemicals they can sell to the European nations which are some of the many countries that restrict all GMO use for their food products. There are stats out there that suggest that the US sell approximately 50 percent of the world's farm sales. This may be true but for the countries that we are actually selling to there is little or no alternatives at that same low cost.

The European Network of Scientist for Social and Environmental Responsibility shows their opposition in providing the argument that the foods we are using have never been tested to examine the potential effects on the human population that uses these products. There has been no study yet, and seeing as how these GMO’s are not labeled at all in the U.S. currently there is no proof if they are hurting our population. This is what the large corporations and GMO producing companies say when asked about their testing, ““trillions of GM meals” have been eaten in the US with no ill effects.”
Yet after all the hype and troubled background the U.S. government is still allowing these products to be produced and sold in our country. As for other countries, 166 national governments have agreed to seek to protect the current and natural plants instead of cross-breeding with the mutant genes that will eventually kill out the other natural genes.

As for the fighting of these changes farmers at the head of the charge to stop these proposed restrictions from being common practice.. They understand that if we cut out the GMOs we will be taking away from the revenue that they could be making. I don't think most of them understand the dangers to the habitat and to the wildlife that the overuse of these chemicals is causing. I understand where the farmers are coming from but they have to think about the entire health of not just their families this day and age but what of their grandchildren who have to live with the consequences of their actions. Not only state side but with many countries turning towards more natural substances and steering away from the more chemically enhanced GMOs. If more and more countries continue to switch like this it will put a restriction on who the United states can sell to and who it can buy from because why would Europe trade seed with us we they are making more money across the world then just trading with one nation standing against the rest.

I believe that we need to stop being a trend setter nation, we don't always have to be the one that paves the trail into unexplored areas. In this case we can follow what others are doing and master that if not improve that. We have one highest literary rates in the world, with all that knowledge I have no doubts that we could once again become the leader in a different direction that won't hurt our economy or our natural resources.

Works Cited

Fridovich-Keil, Judith L. "Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.

Lynas, Mark. "GMO Pigs Study- More Junk Science." Mark Lynas RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.

"No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety." No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.

Urban, Shilo. "8 Reasons GMOs Are Bad for You | Organic Authority." Organic Authority. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.

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