Suicidal Harvests

September 26th, 2006

To the Editor,

This article failed to to include remarks about the predictable problems of biotech farming, also ignored when scientists, economists and governments put the full weight of their influence behind agribusiness to promote this technology. The inability to re-use seed from one’s own cultivated crops due to patent laws, along with the prohibitive costs of the chemicals required for the seeds, guaranteed serfdom for poor farmers. The inevitable development of weed and pest resistance to GM technology, appears to have made the use of pesticides and herbicides more, rather than less, needed.

Pesticides cause central nervous system damage, including symptoms of deep depression. This is an added assault to the pre-existing desperation of poor people buying into the ‘promise’ of biotechnology. Wasn’t this actually meant for factory farms where machine, instead of human, labor is prevalent?

Can a followup article be written about the passage of family-owned abandoned, polluted, biotech farms into the hands of larger entities? Inquiring minds want to know.

Barbara Rubin

Categories: NY Times

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