Dr. Berg Talks to a GMO Corn & Soy Farmer Who Is Switching to Organic
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Bergin in this video we’re gonna talk about a new topic GMO basically I have a client here who was a farmer who actually knows a lot about it because in his farm he actually did soy and corn GMO so I’m glad that you’re here and I just have some questions like you’ve done it so we you’ve been in the area and you’re looking to transition into organic farming and you know a lot about it so the first question is are there a lot of farmers in the Midwest because you’re from Illinois kind of doing GMO yeah definitely I would say probably admire it and I’ll be conservative but at least 75% it’s probably higher than that Wow the vast majority and don’t mind the microphone because their other mic it’s broken so we’re going to go back and forth okay good and then so what’s the like the motivation I know it’s probably I’m not saying laziness but it’s a product is it a little bit more work to do organic yeah definitely more work you can cover a larger area a higher volume of acres doing the commercial and so there there is more work involved is more of a mechanical approach with the organics Wow now GMO is genetically modified organisms where they will take a plant and they’ll take some other they can take a verse from something or an animal gene and splicing together I’m not sure exactly what they do if the corn or the soy but I do know that when they modify it it becomes resistant to an herbicide so corn is now resistant and they also modify it for another reason too I think it almost acts as a certain pesticide doesn’t it corn yeah definitely as far as I’m aware there’s a corn borer and root worm which the species actually has to beat on the plant but when it does eat the plant it kills it kills the inside but there’s no harm to humans now I’m just kidding so what about if you use two genetically modified corn you’re able to use roundup ready or that spray and that ask is a weed killer and so the plant thrives better right and that’s what they do they spray it yeah but what about the soil itself like tell me a little bit about do you put a lot of minerals in what kind of minerals do you put back on the soil we focus solely on in being K so nitrogen potassium and phosphorus but that’s pretty much the limitation there Wow so we don’t really so because I’ve never farmed but they don’t really put all the minerals back in right like all the trace minerals you have like ninety for minnows they don’t put those back in Wow so like iodine you’re just gonna I mean like people eat that food there’s gonna be deficient iodine zinc selenium boron manganese all these things that’s amazing so they just so that’s why you you need you know you need to enhance like people say well you don’t really need vitamins well you’re gonna have to enhance something so the other question I have is so they’re doing all the soil out of the viewpoint that our world is starving right and tell us just an inside scoop of what you’re seeing what they’re really using the corn for so as far as my research is going I found that the vast majority of corn is used in either ethanol production or livestock production like in the large confinement type operation so basically using it to feed animals yeah yeah or ethanol is there what’s your viewpoint in ethanol uh I don’t I don’t know all the ins mounta but uh basically from what I understand it it takes so much more energy to produce a lot less energy as an end product with the the fuels and something else that’s also an issue in my mind is that we use an annual plant so we have to plant it every year to get these fuels when there’s a lot of other perennials that have been proven they produce way more ethanol per unit of a product but also like per acre as well what’s the perennial and annual so an annual has to be planted every year its life cycles a year long and a perennial comes back every year like stea grass in your yard comes back yeah Wow so so now what about being subsidized tell me about what what happens to have this corn subsidized yeah the corn and soybeans both are they have programs and I can’t tell you the ins and outs I’ve participated in them but I was in a partnership with brothers and I didn’t actually take care of that part but yeah there is there is subsidies to to raise both corn and soybeans okay and then what what about soy is that also used to feed the livestock is that what these are for to my knowledge that yeah there is quite a bit there I in my research I found that they use it a lot in fillers in human consumption so we don’t actually see that on the labels as far as I can tell but uh yeah so I a lot of it is is also animal consumption it’s kids all over the it’s all it’s basically an almost every food like in in this certain aisles in the grocery store and then you as they don’t label it of course because they don’t want you to know that is GMO but everyone knows it’s GMO right it’s cheap isn’t it yeah to my understanding that that’s a big reason why they use it for a filler is because we have so much of it which makes me question are we over producing because they’re trying to find places to put all this stuff it’s kind of a racket and then they had this thing called high fructose corn syrup which is not even sweet it’s actually a and you just drink your soda you know amazing okay so now what about with roundup-ready or whatever the chemicals that you spray is how often do you do you have to spray the ground first and then the plant or how does it work so with the roundup specifically you’ll spread spray the plant so it’s a contact killer okay so ideally they’ll only want to spray one time so that you want to make two trips and across the field and keep your cost down but there’s quite a bit of issues in our area with resistance to that chemical because of its overuse and maybe not a responsible use but there’s weeds now that it won’t even kill and they’ve built up a resistance completely to it because you have the soil which is this has this micro floor this all this bacteria that’s supposed to be there I’m sure that’s probably killed so you’re gonna get all these just like in your body if you have any box you’re gonna East infections and fungal infections I could imagine you’re gonna get that with this corn and soy how about the seats like you have to buy the seeds and you can you keep using them and use your own seeds and plant it over and over how does it work no logic would tell you that you can say back season and plan on the next year but so you sign what they call a technology agreement and so at that point you cannot say back any of the seed that you produce from the original see so yeah you buy you buy seed every year Wow interesting you have a nice little connection with that does GMO produce more crop than organic or non-gmo that’s a good question so basically in my research with some red flags popping up on in questioning what I’m doing and the reasons and and the effects we have ended up raising some more non-gmo crops which to my understanding is a lot more human consumption versus animals and ethanol but the Yi as far as the yields go we have seen the same yields if not better and compared to non GMO so no I in our experience there’s definitely not an advantage in yield Wow it’s just interesting you yeah well just makes you start thinking things completely differently and the other question that I have is that so we have a combination of the soil the soil this gets destroyed and then yeah the farmer that’s kind of almost like they’re stuck in a I guess a little bit of a rut right where they they’re in this machine
that they’re basically having to kind of a little bit forced to promote that and then let me can you tell me a little bit about that yeah no it I think it it definitely seems like a like a hamster wheel in a sense so you you know you can’t you can’t say back seed with which makes no sense and and it’s become widely accepted and surprisingly enough but you know you can’t you can’t save back seeds you you sell to your local to your local elevator and and I guess there’s more of a middleman but as far as where the product goes like you don’t sell to the end-user so you don’t really have that control as far as selling you know you really feel like it’s yours because your son you’re signing up you’re signing a weight control I guess that cuz you can’t even you can’t replant the product you can’t save back well I just see this as stuck between a rock and a hard place because it’s like you don’t have the freedom to plant and so who you want to you’re like just the middleman so you don’t really see what’s going on so wow that’s interesting well thank you very much for that data all right cool
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Dr. Eric Berg talks about GMO farming and organic food. Dr. Berg talks with a GMO farmer who is switching to organic foods. This is an interesting viewpoint by someone who actually all about it. Most soy and corn is fed to animals and some for ethanol. A lot of farmers are switching to organic farming. The advantage of organic farming as opposed to traditional farming is high volumes, commercial use. The plant thrives better under genetically modified food and organic farming.
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