Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

No Empirical Clothes Indeed

Photo by Ted Sabarese

Photo by Ted Sabarese

The  Global Citizens Report on GMOs has been released this past month. Research, data and revealings of GMO crops sheds much light on a dark subject in food and agriculture. The report is called The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes. Vandana Shiva’s Navdanya, Navdanya International and the Center for Food Safety helped publish this report.

On a recent interview I did with Coast to Coast Radio, a fellow farmer called the show to state how they were making higher yields with soybean crops thanks to GM soybeans. But he did go on to mention that Roundup no longer killed their weeds. I want to emphasize to people that while some farmers may claim higher yields with GM crops, it is due to the fact they are able to overcome weed issues with excessive usage of more dangerous herbicides now than Roundup. We’re planting row crops in places now where we haven’t been able to for several years, if not decades because weeds are invading our fields. As farmers switch one poisonous extreme for another, we’re failing to learn from what Nature is revealing to us – that poison is the wrong main ingredient. The same type of herbicide resistant gene that has enabled farmers to spray herbicides on these GM crops has manifested into the weeds of our fields.

The report goes on to say that we have more than 15 million acres of Roundup resistant weeds in the U.S. alone. We’re creating far more problems than we’ll ever solve with GMOs and excessive chemicals. Please read the report. The data is overwhelming but it gives us plenty of facts and material to combat the asinine argument that GMOs are going to help feed an overpopulated starving planet. Bottom line is that GMOs will starve this planet if we continue to let them run rampant.