Well, has anyone in this conversation thought about why Monsanto sold the Round Up patent/gene and all to Bayer just a year before all of these lawsuits started? They knew what they were in for.
I have farmed my whole life, and I'm just shy of 50 now. And I remember when Round Up came out. Before then if you could get 55 bushels to the acre you were king of the hill. Now, if with all these "great" modifications, you're not getting 200+ bushels an acre you can't survive. Now that's with corn only.
They have made modifications to soy beans as well. Problem to bumping yields up is they can't find the gene that aborts pods. I have seen some genetic modifications in seeds TOTALLY fail with massive crop loss. And hence a farmer going out of business and losing it all.
We are on our way to going out of business because of big corporate farms, rising costs of inputs and the total lack of prices keeping up with the market. This is all because of the control over our food chain. As well as the total control over the growers.
The new Liberty Link herbicide is the next new greatest bestest thing!!!! And now there's been gene modification to have corn and beans Round Up and Liberty Link ready. And the saga continues...............
This has been and I know will continue to be a great thread. And as a producer on a larger scale, we HAD to use these products or go under. And at the time, we had no idea of these bad outcomes.
Guys, this is government control at its finest.
Now as some are moving towards Non-GMO type seeds things could change for a very small portion. But with the costs of everything going up at insane rates in some cases, these crops will have limited market and income. Yes, we all want the best for ourselves and families, but what happens when the cost is way out of our reach to get it?
Just firgured I'd add a little more for thought into this great conversation