Michael Hart (below, right) is a livestock farmer in Cornwall who has actively campaigned on behalf of family farmers for over fifteen years, in Europe, India, Canada and the USA. In a 23 minute documentary he investigated the reality of farming genetically modified crops in the USA ten years after their introduction. He travelled across the US interviewing farmers and other specialists about their experiences of growing GM.
See him (above right) with a farmer in Missouri
During the making of the film he heard problems of the ever-increasing costs of seeds and chemicals to weeds becoming resistant to herbicides.
- A huge “weed” problem.
- The myth of co-existence.
- Farmers trapped into the genetically modified biotech system.
- Huge price increases for seeds and sprays – well beyond the price increases farmers have received for their crops.
In short, the film shows US farmers urging great caution to be exercised by UK and European farmers in adopting this technology. Video link: http://gmcropsfarmertofarmer.com/index.html