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We Need G.M.O. Wheat
The New York Times, by Jayson Lusk and Henry I.Miller

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Posted By:wildcat1, 2/3/2014 9:06:45 AM

THREE crops — corn, soybeans and wheat — account for a vast majority of the value of America’s agricultural crop output. But wheat is different in one important respect. While more than 90 percent of the nation’s corn and soybean acres are now planted with seeds genetically engineered to resist insects, herbicides or both, there is not a single acre of genetically engineered wheat being grown commercially in the United States.[snip]But wheat farmers balked at the potentially higher prices of these new seeds and feared that anti-genetic engineering views held by some of our trading partners would hurt exports.

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I´ll comment since I have farmed for 42 years. We use up nearly all of the corn we raise every year, the same with soybeans. Without exports, we would be awash in wheat. Our trading partners, especially the EU refuse to buy anything GMO and hold that over our heads at every chance. I sat on the Kansas Crop Improvement Association board and we specifically recommended by resolution the GMO wheat NOT be developed. Another reason there is no GMO wheat, is that farmers save their own seed in most years, except when they buy newly developed varieties.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wildcat1, 2/3/2014 9:26:48 AM     (No. 9717238)

I comment further. There has never been a GMO crop developed yet that has drought or heat tolerance. Hard red winter wheat (the kind used for bread) is grown from central Texas, through central and western Oklahoma, most of the western 2/3 of Kansas, western Nebraska and on north.

We cannot get the super yields from corn and soybeans in those areas, that´s why we raise wheat, milo, sunflowers and cotton.

Farmers are pretty good at figuring out what to raise using cropping history on their fields. Developing GMO wheat is not going to change that any time soon. There are no heat or drought tolerant corn or soybeans. That´s why they raise them in the states......rainfall is much more predictable there.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/3/2014 9:41:37 AM     (No. 9717270)

So that´s the trick...GMO means you don´t need insecticides? Get a clue moron, the DNA of the seeds HAS insecticide inside.

Eat your poison Libtard, but don´t force it on the rest of us!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: melman, 2/3/2014 10:15:30 AM     (No. 9717323)

We need GMO´s like we need four more years of Obama or Hillary...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/3/2014 10:41:19 AM     (No. 9717369)

You sanctimonious people don´t really give a rat´s ass if the third world starves as long as you don´t have to eat GMO.

If your children went to bed with empty stomachs at night - I think you might accept a GMO wheat that was modified to use less water.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wildcat1, 2/3/2014 10:44:22 AM     (No. 9717374)

I have no problems with GMO´s at all, but as long as the US exports most of the wheat we raise, we need to be able to sell it.

When people get hungry enough, GMO anything will work just fine.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 2/3/2014 11:02:05 AM     (No. 9717397)

We don´t need GMO anything!!!! Feed it it the socialist politicians and their supporters only!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rubinski, 2/3/2014 12:24:27 PM     (No. 9717545)

There is some thought that the gluten in GMO hybrid wheat causes inflammation in people, thus exacerbating autoimmune conditions and perhaps contributing to metabolic syndrome.

I personally don´t eat wheat and try and avoid corn as well, for that matter.

Read the best-selling books "Wheat Belly" and "Grain Brain" if you are all-in on GMO food products.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hadjipoo, 2/3/2014 1:02:43 PM     (No. 9717615)

We have some strange new allergies showing up in the population lately. How do we know what we´re eating when they mix fish with plants? Or some other weird combination?

Then they attack the poor independent farmer because his crops have been cross pollinated with this stuff. Follow the money.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/3/2014 2:44:28 PM     (No. 9717796)

So, they think it is right to feed people stuff that is going to make them sick? Our bodies do not process insecticides and unnatural substances. There are an abundance of public health problems besetting us - such as obesity, allergies, autism and Aspergers syndrome, dementias and Alzheimers, failed immune systems all screaming something is wrong with our present day life/culture. GMO Round Up corn is just that, it´s DNA spliced with Round Up weedkiller - nice.

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