[Homeroast] GMO Coffee

Ryan M. Ward silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 20 20:25:02 CDT 2010

"I love the story that livestock are inefficient. In a feed lot, absolutely, but when compared to a proper managed graze veggies have way more shortcomings."

Interesting, could you elaborate? This is very counter-intuitive to me. 
Ryan M. Ward

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> Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:28:20 -0400
> From: edbourgeois at gmail.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] GMO Coffee
> We spent way to much time trying to control nature rather than work
> with it. Tom probably has some great stories of creative approaches of
> fitting coffee into a natural environment to the benefits of the care,
> health and taste of the coffee. If we put the same effort in working
> with the standard varietals as we did going hybrid and now gm I think
> we'd have a better result, But seeds could not be controlled which
> loses much of the corporate charm. I love the story that livestock are
> inefficient. In a feed lot, absolutely, but when compared to a proper
> managed graze veggies have way more shortcomings. Though fruit and
> coffee can be done practically invisibly.
> On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM, Edward Bourgeois <edbourgeois at gmail.com> wrote:
> > There isn't much we eat that doesn't contain some amount of a GMO
> > plant crop in it. Personally I have grave concerns with GMO crops.  My
> > cuppa Tom and an occasional splash of milk (from a local dairy that is
> > grass fed and is able to go non-GMO corn in his area without cross
> > pollination) is one of my decreasing havens of enjoying something
> > good. I had not thought much about GMO coffee until I googled it last
> > night. I guess there are already several to accomplish different
> > purposes. Saw one that makes the coffee more soluble and of course
> > some with toxins to deal with various pests. I assume there are many
> > others to deal with weather conditions, production yields, uniformity
> > etc. etc. Since these are all patented and can cross pollinate, small
> > farmers using the varietals we enjoy and doing traditional on farm
> > selective breeding could lose that ability!  Same as has happened in
> > this country with those trying to grow traditional varietals and seed
> > save in areas where GMO crops are also grown. I saw that Hawaii has
> > tried to keep GMO coffee away for a number of years now but not sure
> > if that's still the case? From now on when I'm asked about one of my
> > coffees I will add that the beans are non-gmo
> >
> > --
> > Ed Bourgeois aka farmroast
> > Amherst MA.
> > http://coffee-roasting.blogspot.com/
> >
> -- 
> Ed Bourgeois aka farmroast
> Amherst MA.
> http://coffee-roasting.blogspot.com/
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