Jimmy Kimmel Live Talks about GMO’s

Hey everyone!  On Jimmy Kimmel’s show he showed a video of people his crew interviewed at a local farmer’s market to better understand what a GMO is.  If you think you could answer the question, before you watch the video, post in the comments below what GMO stands for and why its important.  Enjoy the clip!

Jimmy Kimmel Live:  What is a GMO?

Farm Employee Handbook

I have been working on a handbook I titled the following: “The Farmer’s Handbook to Transparency & Employee Conduct.” I am happy to announce that I am nearly finished with this and will be publishing it soon. If you would like to order hard copies please let me know! Also, pass this information along to those who might utilize it most!

COMING SOON!

Continuing articles on GMO’s

I found two more articles regarding GMO’s that I think all of you will find very interesting!  Check them out…

China backs GMO’s

Consumers confused about GMO’s

The cliff notes for these two articles is as follows:

China backs GMO’s:  The Chinese government is launching a media campaign to promote the good of GMO’s.  Problems with acceptance is causing the government and companies some big dollars now.  Companies are trying hard to ensure that all new GMO strains are being accepted.  China itself has also invested money into developing GMO’s for crops that grow in their climate, like Rice and Corn.

Consumers confused about GMO’s:  This article says similar things to one of my previous posts about GMO’s (How do we determine a GMO?).  It talks about the long history of GMO’s and research proving it having no health effects.

A good quote I heard this week I’d like to pass along as well… “people used to think the Earth was flat, today people think GMO’s are harmful.”  When will the public accept GMO’s?  After 30 years of history, which we already have… or 100 years?  What do you think?

Certified Humane App

A new App is available for people to locate Certified Humane meat.  What does that mean?  It means that an animal has to have been raised on a farm that has been certified to raise animals in a humane way according to HFAC.  Check out the article for more information.

Humane Farm Animal App Article

You can also access this next link for downloading the App:  Certified Humane App.

I am not advocating this App, nor am I discouraging its use at this time.  I think it is an interesting time-stamp in the humane animal treatment timeline of progress.  I think this is a good thing, however, as we all learned with the Affordable Care Act, it can mean well and end up doing harm.  We shall see how it effects this sector and this particular public issue.

One last link the article offers is about checking for Certified Humane near you:  Shop, Certified Humane.

How do we determine a GMO?

Please re-read the title of the post and comment below on how you think a GMO should be determined…  Thanks!  Keep everything respectful and everyone’s opinions are welcome!

When we look back at the history of the world and look at the history of agriculture, we start to see a selective process develop.  Agriculture was the end of nomadic period for human history.  With the beginning of agriculture, the beginning of selective breeding and reproduction for plants and animals was upon us.  For thousands of years since, humans have discovered that by selective breeding and reproduction, we could continue specific traits and eliminate traits we did not want.  A good producing cow was mated with a good strong bull who had a history of producing good quality cows.  The process became ever more easier with the advancements in technology in the 20th century.  Books like the Hoard’s Dairyman were, and still are, devoted to the best of the best sires and dams (males and females) in the Dairy Industry.  The goal?  Farmers want to increase their income, and feed the human race, through more productive cows, so they breed accordingly!  With the latest technology in plant breeding, we see huge advancements in plant selection and reproduction.

So where exactly do we draw the line on what is a Genetically Modified Organism?  Farmers have been planting corn varieties next to each other, that when mixed, produce great yields since the turn of the 20th Century.  The Ag industry today refers to these as Hybrid crops.  Is hybrid corn a GMO?  Is a cow, bred with such selective intent on specific features, a GMO?

Where is the line drawn between an organic or all natural animal or plant?  I am looking forward to you continuing the conversation in the comments below!!!

Lower Class Loses in GMO Battle

Today, I’m going to take another particular angle on the GMO debate.  For more points, see other posts in my blog.

It is almost becoming exhausting… all the debate over GMO’s.  However, do you know what would be really troubling?  Imagine we had to take the low cost option of food off the shelves at our local grocery stores… simply because it incorporated GMO’s.  Also consider that removing GMO’s may reduce the supply of food significantly, driving prices higher than ever.

How would that impact our society?

Well, there has already been quite a trend since the recession… the rich get richer and the poor have gotten poorer.  Remove GMO’s from the grocery store shelves… and the trend is exponentially increased.  The fact remains that no one has scientifically proven GMO’s to be harmful.  Secondly, even if they were remotely harmful… the idea of crippling the ability of the lowest class of society from being able to afford food would be even worse.  The amount of funding for food stamps was reduced in the 2014 farm bill, and will continue to be reduced as pennies in congress are pinched.  Meanwhile, prices of food continue to go higher.  

Those who are left out of the conversation, are those who matter most.  Unless GMO’s are going to destroy the human race, or those of us in the middle to upper class are willing to pay for food subsidies for the lower class, we need low cost options on the shelves of our grocery store for the lower class to provide for their families.

Have any other suggestions?  

Also, did you know that crops have been genetically modified since the 1930’s?  Looks like it has really devastated the human race since then.  Wouldn’t you agree?  Check out that history here:  http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/crops_03.html

Feel free to post your thoughts!

PETA & False Animal Cruelty Videos

In a recent article, PETA was accused of backing a false video of animal cruelty.  The video takes place on a small farm where 25-30 cows are milked (by the way, this is a consistent theme for PETA, targeting small old farms).  The funny thing is, that PETA has no idea what is animal cruelty and what is natural effects from life on animals.

In the video they recently submitted to authorities, the cows, typically clean from manure and feces, were run through a manure containment area and covered themselves in manure.  The video called out the farmer for mistreating his animals and for sores on the cows feet.  Farmers who run their cows through foot baths regularly still fight these same issues.  Unless your ready to sign up and be there the moment the cow poops, expect their to be some challenges with keeping them in manure free facilities.  But that is not the issue at hand.  The issue is, PETA is on a PR campaign that is far from the truth and is yet to be disciplined by the Justice department for their wrongful acts. 

Read the story, watch the video, then tell me what you think!  I really would appreciate and respect all opinions shared.  Thanks!

Article:  PETA Accuses Dairy Farmer of Animal Cruelty.