Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Farmer's Perspective on GMOs | Carole Bartolotto

A Farmer's Perspective on GMOs | Carole Bartolotto:

Howard Vlieger is not your typical GMO (genetically modified organism) critic. He's a third-generation family farmer, God-fearing Christian, conservative Tea Party Republican, and lives in northwest Iowa. What makes him extraordinary is that, despite all this, he is not afraid to counter the "promises and hype" promulgated to farmers by the biotech industry. Even more remarkable, he goes out of his way toshare what he has found with any person or group that is willing to listen. He has a perspective that's different from your average consumer, health professional, scientist, or GMO opponent because he's out in the fields and farms experiencing things firsthand.

Vlieger considers himself a "student of the soil" and began using alternative farming methods in 1989 to produce crops that are nutritious and free of chemicals. In 1992 he started his crop advisory work to help farmers decrease their dependency on chemicals and move toward organic or biological farming methods.

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