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Biotechnology Combats Worldwide Famine

June 10, 2014
Judson Laird - Wailuku , Maui Weekly

I work for Monsanto and I'm extremely proud of the work I do. I support all kinds of agriculture, including both biotechnology and alternatives such as organic farming. But when I'm accused of harming our planet and asked to only support organic farming, it saddens me. It saddens me because people who don't farm don't realize what this world would become if we go back to the archaic farming ways used hundreds of years ago. We live in a culture that doesn't comprehend the widespread famine that existed before tools, such as technology, were used to combat famine worldwide.

The first step towards addressing world hunger has been the use of pesticides and herbicides. We have to use these tools to eliminate a sudden explosion of a pest that can destroy an entire crop. All farmers know this from firsthand experience. If a farmer doesn't pay close attention to the pest populations, he or she can lose the entire crop.

Farmers don't get paid every two weeks, but every season.

We are now moving in a direction that uses far less pesticides. What people don't realize is that compared to 30 years ago, we now live in a world where biotechnology has helped reduce famine and pesticide use. If we as farmers are going to continue to provide for an ever-growing future population, we need to include biotechnology as a tool to help us do so.

Judson Laird




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