GMO technology promised to "feed the world" with the use of less pesticides and higher crop yields. Opponents argue that instead it has resulted in increased use of more toxic pesticides, super weeds, depleted soil and lower yields. Further, that genetically modified foods have untold health consequences, are banned or labeled in approximately 61 different countries around the world and that the claimed benefits are tantamount to nothing more than a promise in the dark. In the United States, there is an ongoing Davey versus Goliath war between the American people and the Biotech Industry to pass laws that simply require the mere labeling of GMO foods. This war exists notwithstanding that reportedly 90 percent of the American people are in favor of GMO labels. Today GM food has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. Accordingly, the likes of Monsanto, DuPont et al., will fight to protect their profits like a mother protects a newborn. This may all soon change as the Amish claim to have found a better way.
In the 1940's our farmers used approximately 20 million pounds of pesticides with a crop attrition rate of about 7 percent. Today approximately 850 million pounds of pesticides are used and the crop attrition rate is about 13 percent. Keenly aware that there was something seriously wrong with this picture, a young Ohio Amish farmer named John Kempf tried a different approach. Instead of bombarding plants with pesticides, Kempf experimented with building up the immune system of his plants with non-chemical nutrients and soil replenishment. By utilizing plant sap analysis, Kempf was able to determine specific mineral deficiencies in the plants and supplement them with soil enrichment. The results were plants with strong immune systems, capable of maintaining their own health without the use of pesticides.
Kempf's experiments and studies have shown a dramatic increase in both crop quantity and quality. As compared to conventional farming methods, Kempf maintains his high performance organic agriculture methods result in a 10-30 percent increase in yields, a 40-50 percent increase in nutrient density and a 50-60 percent increase in the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Through his consulting company Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) established in 2006, Kempf is on track to convert 10,000 or more conventional farms to regenerative farming methods.
AEA maintains that their biological approach to farming is proven to be more effective than conventional farming and far more beneficial health-wise to the consumer. This begs the question as to why our president and main stream media still champions the likes of Monsanto and DuPont, when they should be looking in to replacing them with the likes of a young Amish man named John Kempf.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.