MULTI-SPECIES PLANTING BETTER THAN GMOs
You might have thought that, since it's been a while since we've blogged about GMO foods and their supposed "safety" and "equivalence" to non-GMOs, that we've forgotten about them. Granted, it's easy to do when I.G. Farbensanto has lost yet another multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against its products; the "$cience" $eem$ to have been lo$t, left to wander in a Faucian labyrinth of conflicting memoranda and pronouncements. But on occasion we have had opportunity to point out the obvious problems with GMO seeds and crops, like the University of Iowa study of some years ago that pointed out that the cost-to-benefit ratios actually declined over several years as insects gained immunity to the GMOs, and yields per acre fell while costs went up, while that of ordinary crops maintained their normal ratios. (See https://gizadeathstar.com/2014/02/university-iowa-non-gmos-increase-productivity/ ).
There is now another study from France that was shared by W.G., that highlights yet another "emergent problem" with I.G. Farbensanto's plans to poison the food supply and reduce yields per acre:
What caught my eye was how counter-intuitive and contrary to nature GMO crops actually are:
Planting different varieties or cultivars of any given crop together in the form of seed mixtures has long been a key strategy of agroecology. The genetic diversity in these mixed "seed populations" avoids the vulnerability of a genetically uniform crop, helping to protect the crop from stresses such as fungal diseases, pest attacks, and bad weather.
There is renewed interest in the practice of mixing crop cultivars, and in France today more than 10 percent of the area under wheat cultivation is reported to use the method. However, mixtures have variable success in controlling disease. This may be caused by as yet unknown interactions between cultivars.
A new study sheds light on this phenomenon. The study found that certain mixtures can affect plants' susceptibility to fungal disease, providing a form of social immunity in wheat and rice. The study found that disease susceptibility in wheat and rice is affected not only by genetic resistance traits, but also by interactions with neighbouring plants of the same species.
The findings, published in PLOS Biology, show that inter-plant cooperation can reduce disease susceptibility by nearly 90 percent in certain cases, as much as is conferred by a plant’s own resistance genes. The researchers also found that certain plant pairings can increase disease susceptibility.
Contrast this "mixing varieties of seed species" with the typical approach taken in engineering a species of "pesticide ready" plant:
In GMWatch's view, they also represent another nail in the coffin for genetic engineering approaches to disease resistance (including via gene editing). These are narrowly obtained, by manipulating one or a few genes, and narrowly targeted, leading to a failure to provide resistance to multiple pathogens. Broadly based disease resistance is necessary for resilience in the field.
Insofar as genetics do play a role in disease resistance, conventional breeding continues to outstrip GM, as our Non-GM Successes database shows. (Italicized and boldfaced emphases added).
This finding tends to support the similar findings of the University of Iowa study mentioned above, which similarly found that planting the same type of GMO crop year after year actually diminished a plant species' resistance to pests and disease, and required a greater investment in pesticides to maintain yields.
Common sense could have told the scientismists this even before the grand GMO experiments got underway. We all know the costs of over- interbreeding in the human population. Consider only "the Hapsburg jaw" and the long list of idiots spawned in that family, obsessed as it was with protecting its "pure" bloodline. Similarly, mixing-up various varieties of corn or wheat in a field will tend to increase over all resistance and health of the plant.
The interesting thing about the story, however, is not its rather obvious grounding in common sense nor the fact that actual investigation has provided corroboration of that common sense. The interesting thing is, rather, the fact that the story spells yet another ignominious defeat for the narrative that was pushed by Big Agriculture/Mon(ster)santo/I.G. Farbensanto, the narrative that said that a GMO version of wheat or corn was "substantially equivalent" to the ordinary "heirloom" plant, since it basically looked the same and tasted the same. It could therefore be substituted for the natural "heirloom" plant with reasonable confidence that no ill-long term effects would result. Of course, "substantial equivalence" went right out the window the moment that patents and profits were concerned. There was a revolving door between the "government assuring us" of GMOs' safety, and the government agencies doing it, and the corporations peddling their products,
The result was, and is, the ongoing lawsuits against Big Agra.
The lesson is that governments beholden to corporations for "The Science" inevitably create "The Narrative" regarding The Product, and that "Narrative" in turn usually begins to break down when Reality contradicts "The Science", no matter how hard the lamestream propatainment media try to push "the Narrative". Eventually, some clever lawyer will also target those media companies as complicit in peddling the products and thereby creating The Narrative that eventually is contradicted by Reality. Eventually they will win a case and a massive judgement. Eventually in the course of such a process, some court of law will also determine that some aspect of "The Science" was doctored or suppressed in order to create and promote "The Narrative", and all bets and special privileges granted by the government to the corporations will evaporate like morning dew under a desert sun.
Lawyer up, guys, because what's sauce for I.G. Farbensanto, is also sauce for Modernasanto and Pfizersanto.
See you on the flip side...
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