Maria Iowa

Letter to the President

Farming & GMOs

Dear Future President,

“There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution. Things change because our planet is subjected to a lot of radiation, which causes DNA damage, which gets repaired, but results in mutations, which creates a mixture of plants that people can choose from to improve agriculture," said Nina Fedoroff. Growing up on a large crop and dairy farm, the topic of antibiotics in animals and GMOs really hits home for me. I don’t care who you are or how much you have researched on the internet about the topic, you will never beat my experience in both topics.

There are numerous people out there putting their uneducated opinion on social media about farmers ruining this world, trying to kill their animals and harm consumers of their products. Just recently, I read an uneducated post about a woman telling how farmers torture their cows and over milk them until they are ruined on the inside. This woman continues to say how we kill our calves and sell the meat for veal and when a calf is born the cow produces colostrum and that it goes into the milk that consumers purchase. The amount of people in this world that frown upon farming and agriculture are ridiculous. As President of the United States, you need to do more to protect the reputations of hardworking farmers.

Today, everything has become so advanced, and we are very fortunate for technological improvements. Scientists and agronomists have given us the option of GMOs. We have viewed this as a way to end world hunger because farmers are able to feed more people on less land. Instead of people embracing the idea, they have picked it apart and have bashed farmers who use GMOs claiming they are trying to kill people because of the use of chemicals in GMOs. Numerous studies have all shown that GMOs are safe for human consumption.

Please consider helping our nation's farmers in their pursuit to feed the world. I feel that your influence as president can spread awareness on this issue. Also, I encourage you to invite farmers to Washington, D.C. to tell their stories or do a short segment that shows real live videos of farmers around the world tending to their crops and animals. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Maria S.