The Maryland Pesticide Network is trying to destroy the Chesapeake Bay
GMOs have helped save the Chesapeake Bay from agricultural run-off, so why is the Maryland Pesticide Network fighting against them?
In 2015 the Chesapeake Stormwater Network released a report with a rather underwhelming sounding title, Removal of Toxic Contaminants from the
Agriculture and Wastewater Sectors. The purpose of the report was to:
evaluate whether best management practices (BMPs) used to reduce nutrient and sediment for the Bay pollution diet might also offer additional benefits such as reductions in toxic contaminants.
The report discussed three “eras” in the history of agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 1970s — 1980s when atrazine was primarily used by farmers, 1990–2000 when three other herbicides were added to the mix, and 2001 to the present when Roundup Ready crops were introduced in Maryland and the primary herbicides switched to glyphosate and AMPA.
As can be seen in the chart above, the introduction of GMOs had a significant positive impact on the watershed’s environment and health of my fellow Marylanders. Glyphosate replaced herbicides that were more harmful.
The report goes on to explain in more detail the benefit of switching over to glyphosate by Maryland’s farmers:
So why then would the Maryland Pesticide Network choose to spread lies and misinformation about GMOs when they claim their purpose is to “dedicated to protecting the public and the environment”?
On their web page they feature an article titled “GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND HOW TO AVOID THEM”.
Their claims about increased pesticides relating to GMOs falls flat when the evidence is presented. They make it sound as if because glyphosate use has risen that more pesticides are being used, which the Cheasapeake Stormwater Foundation report clearly refutes.
Their fearmongering over “not enough testing” and “spreading of pollen” is nothing but propaganda served up to scare Maryland consumers into buying organic.
And the organic industry’s interests are certainly being met. On the steering committee is organic farmer Mike Tabor, and a member organization is none other than the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Organization.
Sadly, while their mission is noble, the Maryland Pesticide Network is no more than an industry front group trying to scare Maryland families into paying the grocery industry more money for their food. Hopefully the Chesapeake Bay will survive their greed.
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