No matter on which side of the debate you stand there is something inherently wrong with a few multi-national corporations trying to buy control of our worlds seed supply. When saving your own seed from plants you grew makes you a lawbreaker I say that is the line in the sand.
They are engineering their seed to promote the industry wide use of chemical pesticides on the commercial farms under the guise of “helping” the farmer but this too is backfiring. Mother Nature can not be controlled. The very bugs they seek to control are evolving into new threats. What do I think when I see GMO? I see a red flag that says this ingredient/ vegetable has been drenched in chemicals from seed stage through growing and some (potatoes) during harvest. I see a product that is contributing to colony collapse disorder. If the bees go so do we.
Monsanto shareholders were given the opportunity at the latest annual meeting to vote on getting behind the GMO labeling effort. A mere 4% voted for the proposal.
I grow using organic methods and I do my best to use heirloom seed which I save for the next year. Does this mean I don’t grow a few hybrids? No, I do once in awhile. Hybrid does not mean GMO. You can be sure though when I do I buy only varieties not owned, patented or distributed by Monsanto, Seminis, et al supplied retailers. Those old time varieties your grandparents grew for years and years you buy from the big box stores Big Boy, Better Boy,etc. have been bought out and added to a corporate stable. No they are not GMO but why do a few companies feel the need to own it all?
Control the food supply
Control the world
PS: yes, I am aware potatoes are not GMO as of yet but conventionally grown commercial potatoes receive three doses of chemicals during their growing season. Once at planting, once during growth and again at harvest.