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.

The Real Truth About GMOs

* Genetically-modified organisms are often labeled as GM (genetically-modified), GE (genetically-engineered), or GMO.

* GMOs are injected with cells from other living organisms or chemicals such as bacillus theringensus (organic pesticide) and glyphosate (active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide).

* This combination of foreign DNA into one organism creates an endless number of unexpected reactions in nature. For example, GM plants can act as a pesticide themselves or produce toxic-qualities much like a pesticide.

* The Flavr Savr Tomato was the first GM crop grown in 1994. It was a failure by the end of 1996.

* GMOs are linked directly to SDS (sudden-death syndrome), high-infertility and abortion rates in livestock.

* Three consecutive generations of mammals fed solely on a GM diet, are unable to produce another  generation. They become sterile and/or barren.

* GMO crops will not outperform indigenous crops grown in the same conditions.

* GMO crops reduce soil life and vitality due to necessary use of excessive herbicides.

* Long-term effects on humans are relatively unknown as we are all guinea pigs of this scientific experiment.

* U.S. Crops that are currently GM include:

Corn – 88%                      Cotton – 90%

Canola – 85%                   Soybeans – 94%

Hawaiian Papaya – 50%

(totaling more than 100 million acres)

* There are also small amounts of GM sugar beets, sugar cane, rice, potatoes, tobacco, sweet peppers, zucchini, and summer squash…that are known.

* In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court approved of the deregulation of GM alfalfa. This law knocked down the door, allowing the pursuit of any and all crops to be genetically-modified. There are 21 million acres of alfalfa in the U.S.

* More than 30 countries have banned GMOs, including most European countries, Ireland, Japan, and many others.

* Food companies such as Kraft and Kellogg’s do not put GM ingredients in their food products in those countries, but they do in the United States.

* GM wheat, grapes, and grass are currently in advanced research stages.

* GM salmon has also been produced. These mutated salmon have proven to be overly aggressive, killing native or natural salmon.

* There are also more than 50 different GM tree plots growing in forests across several southeastern states.

* The excessive use of Roundup (or glyphosate), which is needed with GMO crops, has been known to prevent the plant from accessing key nutrients. This creates a nutrient-starved plant, which has little to zero nutrition when consumed by other creatures.

* GMO crops and excessive chemical use is believed to be directly linked to CCD (colony collapse disorder) in our honeybee population.

* Superweeds have developed here in the United States as a result of excessive Roundup use on fields. Weeds mutate, developing a resistance to the herbicide.

* Monsanto no longer makes the Bollguard I seed variety due to the fact bollworms have developed a resistance to the seed’s pesticide gene.

* GM companies such as Monsanto, Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta dominate agriculture and generate more than $30 billion in profits each year from seed and chemical sales.