Soil Destruction Promotes Food Scarcity
GE plants — courtesy of the herbicides used — also destroy the microbial health of the soil. Ultimately, you need the microbes in the soil to nourish the plant, and it’s this symbiotic relationship that provides good yields.
From a long-term strategic perspective, destruction of topsoil is the greatest threat to the future of food, and if we continue in this way, people will starve no matter what GE plants they come up with. It’s a prescription for disaster. Once you implement regenerative agriculture you almost automatically create far greater yields, as these time-honored traditions nourish and build soil health.
“There’s some very good long-term research done at Rodale Institute which shows that year upon year, the yields with organic systems can go up and up and up, because the soil is being built. Also, organics yield better in drought conditions, because there’s more organic matter in the soil. It acts like a sponge and it can hold water.
If we’re thinking about resilient agriculture that’s going to tide us through climate change and everything else the future can throw at us, it’s really agroecology, organic, and building soil. We certainly don’t want to be killing soil by putting glyphosate on it. We do know that putting glyphosate herbicide on the soil actually ties up nutrients within the soil. It makes them less available to the plant and less available to us when we eat those plants,” Robinson says.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has also classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Over 80 percent of GE plants are engineered to be heavily doused with Roundup, which is over a hundred times more toxic than glyphosate in isolation. Roundup gets incorporated into the entire plant, and cannot be washed off, so when you eat those plants, you’re eating a potential carcinogen.