U.S. traders reject GMO crops that lack global approval

“Soybeans, once considered such a simple crop to grow and market, is becoming more complicated,’ ” Bayer said. It called the situation faced by growers ‘downright
confusing.’ ” (Reuters Technology, Tom Polansek and Karl Plume, Fri May 6, 2016 5:23pm EDT)

Confusing may be a mild term. What about “massively destructive?” Rightly or wrongly a vast number of farmers who rely on selling their GMO crops (and most do) may be put completely out of business. It’s not like they can magically turn things around. It takes roughly seven years to rehabilitate the soil in order to become a non-GMO or Organic concern and it’s doubtful many have the deep pockets necessary to make that happen.

So, without being judgemental toward those who were lulled into this trap by a vicious and persuasive industry, how will these potentially bankrupted farmers make an orderly transition?  While the government may provide financial aid to affected farmers, who exactly will cover the shortfall in food? I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see the dangers looming here.

“Across the U.S. Farm Belt, top grain handlers have banned genetically modified crops that are not approved in all major overseas markets, shaking up a decades-old system that used the world’s biggest exporting country as a launchpad for new seeds from companies like Monsanto Co.

“Bold yellow signs from global trader Bunge Ltd are posted at U.S. grain elevators barring 19 varieties of GMO corn and soybeans that lack approval in important markets.

“CHS Inc, the country’s largest farm cooperative, wants companies to keep seeds with new biotech traits off the market until they have full approval from major foreign buyers, Gary Anderson, a senior vice president for CHS, told Reuters.”

Continue reading the Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-gmo-crops-idUSKCN0XX2AV

DNR (Department of Natural Resources) throws a Hail Mary

Familiarize yourself with the story outlined in the video playlist. This information transcends even the plight of all small farmers and extends to each of us desiring to live a rural lifestyle and have access to locally produced, organic food. If one looks closely within the state and local governments, (s)he will find the presence of ICLEI (search it). ICLEI is an arm of UN Agenda 21 (“global sustainability). As an NGO they produce “model legislation” and influence administrative rules with the purpose of implementing “equitable social justice” at the expense of individual choice and personal property.

It’s a huge, well-planned, and well executed operation that is best countered at the local level. Inform yourself of their methods so you can learn to identify them and their activities allowing you to counter them at every turn before they become anchored in your local rule-making.

Where Farmers Markets and CSAs Fall Short

(Read here:) Where Farmers Markets and CSAs Fall Short

These are, to me, some key phrases in the very well assembled and presented essay featured at the above link. Perhaps unknowingly the writer is striking all around the bulls eye of a significant answer.

“Farmers aren’t moving toward local food, but they will if they think there’s a reliable market.”

“The interest in the entrepreneurial aspect of small farms is wonderful and needs to continue, but we’re trying to take it a step further.”

“The worry, to me, is that all of this is entrepreneurial. Too many CSAs in any given area can make it hard for a farmer to sell enough CSA shares to get by. Our work is to try to get farmers out of a faddish economy.”

I think the target can be cleanly addressed by stepping outside of the cart of supply and rather examining the horse of demand. It’s only by developing the latter that the former can be reliably established and maintained. Attempting to do otherwise amounts to the creation of a centralized system, which is dependent on the whims of the consumer as to it’s success or failure. Clearly prior world experience with this model demonstrates its unreliability.

I take some exception to the phrase, “The worry, to me, is that all of this is entrepreneurial,” as if that is a major stumbling block. While the concern of too much supply of a given product within a limited geographic area is well founded, it’s a narrow one and certainly not an insurmountable or unaddressable issue. This was, is, and should be one of the functions of Granges or farmers’ associations, a place where farmers sit down regularly, examine issues (including market related ones), discuss crops, yields, etc., and generally become well acquainted with one another. There’s no reason these same venues can’t help evolve a newer, demand focused paradigm allowing not only for a cooperative, entrepreneurial approach, but for the development of an even more important aspect: The process of educating the consumer, something clearly missing in the narrative.

Whether we like it or not there has developed, over the years, a general “standoffishness” between farmers and “other folks.” This separation is probably due to many factors not the least of which has been the popular conception that there is more than enough food, seemingly seamlessly delivered to the marketplace, which led farm production and producers to having been rather taken for granted by the consumers and once out of sight, then were out of mind. Presently, while the quantity is still there the issue has now become quality and that characteristic has not to date been effectively propagated among consumers.

There is a tried and true method of marketing: Disturb, inform, and solve. This part of any entrepreneurial sales marketing (and make no mistake, this is sales) is key. It’s the responsibility of the entrepreneur (or group of entrepreneurs) to develop an effective marketing plan that includes those three elements. Only a well informed and motivated marketplace will support any product and every producer involved has both the practical and moral responsibility to share the realities of “corporate feed” versus high-quality, nutritious food to its most important product – the consumer. Once the consumer completely understands all the dynamics of what’s at stake, the sale will become natural and through a cooperative effort farmers’ markets and CSAs will be able to provide a variety of goods in a highly predictable manner.