Over at The Motley Fool.com, however, biotech giants like Monsanto, BASF, Dow and Syngenta can seemingly do no wrong. In fact, the site has declared that hating Monsanto actually impedes global economic growth. Seems sadly true at this point; with 3 billion acres of GMO grown in 29 countries in 2011, it’s everywhere and getting harder and harder to avoid all the time. In addition to companies like Monsanto selling patented seeds and suing anyone who tries to reuse them season to season or who might find their fields unknowingly tainted by them, GMO has been found to continually require more and more pesticides year after year as pests become resistant.
Now Motley Fool is arguing that farmers may be to blame for superpests:
See, the argument is that superbugs are all the farmers’ faults because farmers aren’t dutifully planting their refuge plots — an area of non-GMO within their GMO fields:
Two things are glaringly wrong with this logic.
First, superbugs weren’t an issue until GMO became so ubiquitous. Period. Common sense aside, it has been scientifically confirmed over and over that if farmers never planted GMO pest-resistant seeds in the first place, tolerant superpests would not exist. Now that they do, farmers are forced onto a perpetual carnival ride that requires heavier and heavier doses of pesticide to keep them at bay.
That may be why the EPA is set to raise the allowable pesticide limit in food, because when the government’s alphabet agencies can’t stop a runaway train, they just add more track instead.
In fact, nothing about this says GMO will “feed the world,” one of many myths perpetually told by pro-biotech elements, because nothing about this is in any way sustainable. All of it requires companies like Monsanto retain increasing levels of control over the food supply — using the formula patented seeds + more and more pesticides — while raking in more and more profits.
Second, agriculture has been around for thousands of years. Yep. It has. Somehow, apparently by magic, farming happened all these years without Monsanto’s existence. Although common sense should again suffice, science has yet to produce a study that shows that, without Monsanto, there would be no farming and everyone would immediately starve and die.
But apparently we should just ignore logic and common sense, and instead we should just accept and love GMOs in the same way the people in the film Idiocracy loved Brawndo so much (to the general detriment of everything, basically).