And so after insects (Europe asks us) they want us to eat GMOs and ban organic products. Agrochemicals giant Syngenta asks us through its CEO Erik Fyrwald. Oh, he does not speak for his own interest. He says he cares the plight of the hungry in Africa and in all poor countriesgiven the rise in prices and the food crisis resulting from the war.
Fyrwald argues for this the abandonment of organic farmingwhich offers lower yields than conventional, and the use of techniques capable of Increased productivity fields, including genetically modified crops.
Translation: eradicating organic is the new polar star politically correct. All of this, of course, in the name of inclusivity and planetary “loving each other”.
However, organic is good for the Earth and for human beings. GMOs are bad for the Earth, and not necessarily good for humans. What makes the world hungry, whether we like it or not in Fyrwald, is the enormous waste of food. A planetary phenomenon carefully hidden from the eyes of most people. Faced with this, the food thrown out of restaurants on Saturday evening becomes a tiny bit: which is already a fierce slap in the face of misery.
Biological agriculture prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides. It allows the use of hundreds of substances, compared to the thousands used by conventional agriculture. GMOs have the same agrochemical arsenal as conventional agriculture and draw on it with greater intensity.
About 90% of GM crops are engineered to resist the use of herbicides. Means that while growing a GMO field, you can use glyphosate, dicamba, etc. without damaging the crop. And since they can be used, they are used. Cultures absorb them and transport them inside the human body. Experts swear that agrochemical residues must meet thresholds within which they are not harmful to health. Sarah. But they still are poisonswhose presence is significantly reduced in organic foods.
The narrow range of pesticides in thebiological agriculturein addition to being beneficial to us, is good for the earth. Just compare a conventional field (let’s not even talk about GMO fields!) and a biological field. The conventional field is a green-tinged desert; in the biological realm, earthworms, insects and small wild animals that usually bear the collective name of biodiversity resist.
But no matter the earthworms, bees and butterflies Syngenta CEO would burst at this point, organic fields still have 20% lower yields and it takes increase production of food so as not to starve poor Africans.
But are GMOs really the solution? Just look at the figures provided by the United Nations. Globally, 14% of food production it gets lost in the timing chain leading from the field to the refrigerator. Another 17% is wasted in homes, shops and food services.
In total, therefore, almost a third of food is thrown away: 31%. It would be enough to intervene on this to convert the whole world to organic farming. Syngenta’s business would certainly suffer: but in the fields there would be worms and butterflies, and the hungry of the world would have food.
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