Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Exploration Five from Austin Craig

I have heard GMO for as long as I can remember, but I never knew exactly what it meant until we watched Fresh. News stations and other outlets can broadcast the subject and not provide examples or interviews. I saw the clusters of cows, chickens both chicks and adults, and pigs all living in filthy, unhealthy environments. I'm not sure which is worse, the clusters or the chemicals they are being fed in order to increase body mass. Many animals become sick as a result and become toxic to themselves and humans as we saw with Russ Kremer when he was stabbed with a boar tusk. "Feeding dead cows to cows" (Joel Salatin) is my favorite quote from the documentary; feeding humans to humans is inhumane, so why would we feed cows to cows? Not only is it ethically wrong, it is unhealthy. Cows are herbivores by nature, which means anything they produce is going to be natural and more healthy if they graze. Russ Kremer also provided details after he decided to go back to organic farming. He included the amount of money he saved by ridding his animals of antibiotics and other drugs, which estimated to around fourteen thousand dollars in a year. Aside from animals, many chemicals are used in conventional farming to keep insects and other pests out of farm land. Herbicides and pesticides are used in convention while organic uses crop rotation and manual pulling of weeds for a healthier environment.
Source: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/11320/1/Organic-Farming-vs-Conventional-Farming.html

Dirt is dirt, but what's more appealing?


  1. GMO is a very poor term due to how much falls under a "genetically modified organism" category, really we need to use a more specific term to define what we're arguing about instead.

  2. I like the point you made about how the media can mention the subject but never actually show the effects of it or give interviews that show the effects. It's discouraging that many Americans won't take it into their own hands to understand these things and just accept what the media says.

  3. The whole story with Russ Kremer is truly an important piece of evidence that shows how organic farming is much safer and healthier for the animals and the farmer.

  4. $14,000 dollars a year is an insane amount of money. Do you know how much of that money goes to his bottom line or does most of it go back into his farming for supplemented expenses?

    1. I can't remember word for word what he does with the extra flow of cash.

  5. Organic farming is now a realistic and sustainable method of farming, and it's cause becomes more legitimatized by the day as people continue to educate themselves on what their food really consists of.


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