Instead of GMO, fight urban sprawl, deforestation

2013-06-14T00:00:00Z Instead of GMO, fight urban sprawl, deforestation nwitimes.com
June 14, 2013 12:00 am

Regarding Bill Kowalski's June 12 letter, between 2000 and 2008 more than 700,000 acres of Hoosier farmland were devoured by urban sprawl. Less has disappeared since 2008 and only stalled by the recession.

An article covering the pros and cons of genetically modified grain quoted a GMO supporter as saying, "Farmers would be unable to produce grain to feed the world were it not for genetic modification that increases production." Maybe if we stopped destroying our farmland we would need GMO less.

As for crops lost to insects, tests in Costa Rica have demonstrated leaving forests adjacent to farmland substantially reduced pests thanks to the bird and bat populations living in the forests.

I encourage readers to review the Indiana Business Review article (summer 2010), "Has Development Occurred at the Expense of Indiana Prime Farmland?"

Remember, China and India can no longer feed themselves.

- Leo Mola, Crown Point

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