You may have seen our banners at a recent MADGE talk or festival. Here are the references which give further explanation to the statements made on our banners.
GM crops are a threat to our food:
- They yield the same or less than ordinary crops
- They contaminate ordinary crops, become superweeds, encourage superweeds and threaten biodiversity
GM crops are risky:
- They can survive being sprayed with weedkillers. Farmers use more pesticide and more ends up in our food
- You can't wash the pesticides off pest-resistant GM corn, they're bred into the plant itself
- Animal studies link GM to: infertility accelerated aging, allergy, changes to the liver, kidney and digestive system.
GM crops are corporate crops:
- They are patented and owned by chemical companies that sell pesticides: Monsanto, Du Pont, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer and BASF
- Monsanto has sued thousands of farmers over GM crops
Farming with nature (agroecology) can:
Feed us all:
- It has doubled or tripled yields in developing countries;
- acacia tree planted within maize fields triples yield
- System of Rice intensification 50-100% increase in yield
- "On average, in developed countries, organic systems produce 92% of the yield produced by conventional agriculture. In developing countries, however, organic systems produce 80% more than conventional farms"
- Worldwide research shows agroecology gives everyone the brightest future (IAASTD report) global press release
- Using a wide variety of plants and animals means fewer pests and diseases, a broader range of food and more biodiversity
- Soil stores more carbon so it is more fertile, holds more water and helps stabilise the climate.
- film "The food and climate connection"
- film "Greening the desert"