The groups goal in a nutshell is to conserve “innovation” in modern agriculture. I prefer the word innovation over technology as I am technology challenged. Even though I feel challenged, I respect and am grateful for technology. We all have probably asked, What would we do without our phones or computers? That is awesome innovation and it just keeps getting better! What if they wanted to ban computers because a group felt like it was breaking up families? What if they were sure that cell phones gave us brain damage but didn’t have proof? Would we allow them to take it away?
We don’t even think of early technology, like refrigeration, X-rays, Penicillin. What about vaccines that surely have saved many us from all kinds of illness that have killed so many before us?
Now we have “innovation” that helps cows make more milk nothing artificial just a supplement of the hormones they already have. We have weed resistant alfalfa and corn. These are continually under scrutiny . They have been tested over and over but still have no evidence that they are harmful to man or land. Yet there have been bands on “Round up Ready Alfalfa” Because there our groups out there that “say” it is (yet no scientific proof). The irony to me (this was brought up at the AFACT meeting) is that any of us can buy Roundup in our stores and use it at will, without any guidance or regulations. With this weed resistant seed innovation it creates a better yield making opportunities for better prices. More abundance to feed more at better prices to the consumers. It creates less imports and is more efficient farming. Yet without REAL proof the “politics” have taken over and it is in a holding pattern and the old saying continues and the “squeaky wheel gets the oil”.