Worth reading in full.
I am puzzled yet again when I listen today to the Organic Mullahs shouting from every minaret that these poor Third World farmers will not be able to plant the seeds that result from their GM crops because the greedy multinationals demand to be paid. The same applies today to any conventional variety. If I wish to plant this autumn seeds I harvested this summer, I can only do so if I pay a royalty to the breeder. Surely it\’s right to reward the plant breeder.
For 60 years hybrid varieties – usually maize – have been used from Kenya to Kansas. And it is impossible to plant seeds from a hybrid variety because they do not “breed true”. So every year the farmer must buy hybrid seeds. For some reason the Organic Taleban have never once objected to this.
But what puzzles me most about the Organic religion is a single fundamental fact. I grow wheat five times in a decade and usually produce 4 tonnes per acre. My organic friends grow wheat less than three times in a decade and are happy if they produce 2 tonnes per acre. Thus after ten years I will have harvested 20 tonnes while they may have harvested 6.
So there are only two ways that organic agriculture can feed the world. Either we must triple the area of land cultivated (destroying almost all of the rain forest) or the world\’s population must eat a vegetarian diet.