Really, why would you settle for 7% when you can get a 50 – 100% increase in produce yield without having to use genetically modified seeds?
Well you wouldn’t, especially knowing the reasons why GMOs should not be supported and introduced into the environment.
But the debate over GMOs cons and pros will hopefully no longer be an issue, as the South Australian Agriculture Minister has just reported “amazing” results after trialing a new soil program. Minister Leon Bignell describes success using technology that works with the soil and other organic matter. The type of innovation he calls an “evolution in science [which] abounds over genetic engineering.”
The results of the following trial experiment “prove that GMOs are not needed.” Incidentally, this year’s government test run was called “New Horizons” and some of the trial sites boasted a 300% increase in yields.
Minister Bignell, who has been a long-time protester against GM technology, said of the upgraded agricultural technique:
- “Instead of using the top five centimeters of the soil, you go down to 50cm or even deeper.
- You put in clay when it it’s needed, you put organic matter where it’s needed as well.
- We’re seeing [yield] increases of 50%, 100%, even 300% in some of the cases.”
In an interview with ABC (Australia) on topic of his return from China where they appreciate South Australia’s GM-free status, he calls the new finding “the future and a way to increase the value of their production.”
Even though Minister Bignell has received pressure to lift the ban and use the GM tech for weeds and pests, he doesn’t believe that’s the solution. And even when he is accused of being “left behind” – a favorite term of elites pushing an agenda – admiral Bignell continues to move forward with vigor and integrity.
“The public in most places of the world aren’t convinced about GM technology,” he said. And with that statement, he proudly sees being GMO-free as forging ahead and entering new markets.
As it seems, a bulk of the pressure to conform to GMOs is coming from State body Grain Producers SA who say they should be able to choose their products. Saying they are not seeing monetary benefits to Bignel’s plans yet, they remain skeptical and a bit resistant against the minister’s zeal for GMO-free. But under Bignell’s lead, the right to choose does not include untested GMO tech, chemicals, and future unknown ecological problems.
However the minister says the program is not a fluke – it can be replicated and he plans to show the grain producers just that. Now he is also in communications with grain handlers in other countries as well as in meetings in Switzerland. In China, Bignell could see the increasing use of Australian GMO-free ingredients, and excitedly talks about branding products as South Australian GMO-free grain.
Sources indicate that GM increases yields by 7%, so if Bignell’s method truly does work, it will not only boost Australia’s economy and offer quality products to other countries, but likely be an innovative step other nations can match. The sooner GMOs are banned and better alternatives are found, the better.