Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fourth-generation farmer Eric Herm discusses commercial agriculture's strain on natural resources, ecosystems, and the farmer. Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth, a Path to Agriculture’s Higher Consciousness looks at the harsh economic realities and complicated legislation facing farmers, as well as GMO crops and excessive chemicals.


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Comments [7]

Richard Oswald from mo

The reason we wear gloves while handling seed is that nearly all commercially produced seeds for the 3 major crops are coated with fungicide or insecticide.

The difference between gmo and conventional crops is that genetic modification places a gene foreign to that species into the plant. One that would never occur naturally.

Feb. 24 2011 04:05 PM

About the comment finding selective breeding really not being different from genetically modified plants(using GM techniques).
Selective breeding for example of a corn plant relies on the plant's response to our desired objective in a certain region with its own variables in climate and soil profile. Genetically modified corn is modified by at the genetic level with material from a pesticide or a herbicide or something from a different form of life. Really a different matter , not just a matter a time!
Having just heard the interview, I can add that a bag of selectively bred corn would not have the hazardous warnings that Mr herm described reading on the bag of GMO seeds he saw--the need to wear gloves for example in handling the seeds!

Nov. 23 2010 02:58 PM
Matt in Ridgewood from Ridgewood, Queens

There's no doubt that Monsanto's lawsuits against farmers are despicable, but the arguments that GMO crops "aren't natural" are flawed. All our crops are genetically modified. The only difference is in the amount of time it takes to modify them -- by selective breeding or by modern genetic techniques. The result is the same: plants that have attributes we want.

Nov. 23 2010 01:36 PM
Sary from LES

Isn't Hemp an invasive species?

Nov. 23 2010 01:30 PM

Can the guest also comment on the relationship between improper fertilization and the encouragement of plant disease.

Nov. 23 2010 01:29 PM

What is your guest's take on Monsanto's role on the farming industry?

Nov. 23 2010 01:18 PM

What is your guest's take on Monsanto's role on the farming industry?

Nov. 23 2010 01:18 PM

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