From the blogGMO Pundit an interesting comment on an article published by David Connor in Crop Research. I hope that once the discussions continue on these issues, we will be able to demystify the discussion so that we base our evaluations on objective analysis, not on ideology. What is important is discussing ways by which we will intensify agriculture intelligently so that it becomes sustainable while using all available components that will become part of agriculture’s future. I strongly believe that this future will include components from all existing modalities and practices.

Please don’t get me wrong. I do not oppose any set of production practices per se. If consumers are willing to pay a premium for an organic, fair trade, bio-dynamic, social interest or local production approaches, then there is a niche market to fill which farmers can take an advantage and perhaps capture additional gains. An aside, one of the things I really want to see is more research on how gains are distributed along the value chain in these niche markets especially those that require a certification in order to participate in such market. I suspect, that farmers do not capture the largest proportion of additional gains in these markets. We should submit these production practices to systematic evaluations so that they prove their worth. Those that do not work or who do not provide additional benefits will need to be discarded. We cannot pursue ideology anymore.