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Sad Web rant from someone who should know better


Table of Contents:

  • Los Angeles civil lawyer writes innacurate, reckless anti-GMO web piece.
  • Writer claims world food supplies can come from Russian-style home gardens.
  • Piece once again proves just because it is on the Web, does not make it the true.

“There is a safer, saner, more earth-friendly way to feed nations. While Monsanto and U.S. regulators are forcing GM crops on American families, Russian families are showing what can be done with permaculture methods on simple garden plots. (cottage gardens or allotments). Dacha gardens produced over 80 percent of the country’s fruit and berries, over 66 percent of the vegetables, almost 80 percent of the potatoes and nearly 50 percent of the nation’s milk, much of it consumed raw.

“Essentially, what Russian gardeners do is demonstrate that gardeners can feed the world – and you do not need any GMOs, industrial farms, or any other technological gimmicks to guarantee everybody’s got enough food to eat.”

Those are curious statistics, since USDA says Russia is the largest importer of apples and pears in the world. The report goes on to say, “The long term prospects for U.S. apple, pear and grape exports is good given that Russian production is not expected to increase significantly.” Russia increased fruit and vegetable consumption to to 71 kg per capita, up 10 percent compared with 2009. However, this is still significantly lower than consumption levels in European countries, the United States, Japan, and China. The typical American consumes 270 pounds (122.5 kg) of fruit and tree nuts (fresh and processed, fresh-weight basis) each year. It seems as though Ms. Brown did not do her research thoroughly.

What is even more perplexing is trying to equate her rant with her education and background.

She lives in Los Angeles and that alone contradicts her absurdity to say Russian style home gardens can feed the world. She also lives in the most productive agricultural region in the world.

She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1967 and from UCLA Law School in 1977; practiced law for 10 years in Los Angeles and spent 11 years abroad. She has two children.

Her bio says she has lived in Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Certainly, that experience provided some insight into the importance of producing food.

The Web piece is incendiary and, sadly, does not reflect a well-educated person’s value of the truth. Her approach may play well in a courtroom where she is trying to extort money for a client and herself or keep a crook out of jail. It doesn’t fly in this Web forum.

What she wrote goes beyond irresponsible. With a rapidly expanding and hungry world population, to say Russian-style backyard gardens can feed the world is reckless, especially from someone whose background would suggest far better.

Hopefully, increasingly more people are beginning to realize just because it is on the Web, does not make it true.

Discuss this Blog Entry 5

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

Harry, Harry,
you know a lot of us farmers are not pleased with GMO-seed, some of which are already Failing, having to pay Monsanto, Dow, etc Tripoli Pirate prices for our seed, et al., and now facing a seed market, which is, effectively, solely owned and operated by Monsanto & Dow.
Every season when planning our seed order, we find another generations-old seed company is now owned by either Monsanto or Dow.
We now face the tyranny of the minority ... or monopoly.
When GMO failure spreads, what is 'Plan B'?

Chemiebabe (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

How are the seeds failing? Can you be more specific? Trying to sound like you are a farmer by using poor grammar really does not work . You sound more like an urban whako with an anti GMO agenda. Just saying......

on Jan 9, 2014

The Russian garden issue is a red herring and dates back to when the only way Russians could survive with the collective farm approach was to grow their own food and hide it from the government, and even then they faced hunger and starvation.
Dr. Perry Stout (UC Berkeley and Davis) , one of the greatest minds of the 20th century who traveled widely in the USSR once stated that it could feed the world if it would switch to modern farming methods, like using selective herbicides, adequate fertilizer, and turning control of farming back to farmers instead of bureaucrats. The use of GMOed crops is just a modern extension that has to be adopted to various degrees if even more mass starvation is to be prevented.
The continuation of the Russian garden is one of necessity, and for those who live in the cities of the world, home gardens are just a dream, not allowed by either geography or human energy.

Unslaved (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

Harry, Ms. Brown has chosen to tell the truth instead of being a Monsanto, Factory Farm Pimp.

I suggest you are the one with blinders on and have not done your research thoroughly.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 27, 2014

I know the glysophate weed control is not what it use to be. You have to get on top of these weeds when they are small and I mean 2 to 4 inches to kill them with glysopahte or glufosinate but the other technologies behind these seed are still showing up in the yields and the drought tolerance. You can rant and rave about Monsanto, Bayer, Dow etc but the seed we are putting in the ground are a superior seed to what our daddy's planted.

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