|Figure 1. Endophytic microbes like these blue staining|
fungi found in micropropagated
plants raise new concerns for GMO safety.
Those who favor GMO's claim engineered organisms confer benefits that improve nutrition or reduce the need for pesticides. They downplay reports of containment issues, claiming such reports have not been scientifically validated.
|Figure 2. Originally published in Sustainable agroecosystems in climate change mitigation, this image summarizes the nutrient cycling and plant protection features offered by a diverse and properly structured microbiome. Plants that have been stripped of their microbial diversity are nutrient deficient, intolerant of climatic extremes, and prone to pests and disease.|
At End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC, we are working with large and small growers to restore microbiomes to crops and soils. Growers utilizing our protocols are seeing input costs decline and profits increase, since they obtain similar or higher yields, and receive higher premiums for the resulting organic crops. Other consultants are reporting similar results.
In conclusion, GMO safety is heavily debated because many aspects of GMO safety have simply not been considered by regulatory authorities. Breakthroughs in metagenomics and endophyte ecology are revealing new dynamics that suggest GMO's cannot be contained, and possibly do more to reduce plant productivity than to increase it. As news of the improved yields attainable in bioactive soils spreads, is my personal belief that farming practices rooted in microbial ecology and soil biology will soon make GMO's and the debates surrounding their safety obsolete.