The crop yield indeed does decline over time because oil-based fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides destroy the ecology of the soil. This in turn means that even more of the above must be applied with every subsequent planting. All the hype about GMOs producing more, and Monsanto just being a product of our increasing demand for food is just that, a myth. It's a myth being propagated by high-dollar marketing that is little more than propaganda designed to deceive. But there is even more to know about how these companies are destroying our food supply. Plants need certain organisms and enzymes in their soil in order for their roots to uptake nutrients. Planting food in an unsustainable way, this includes GMOs, destroys this ecology in as little as 3 years. Once the soil ecology is destroyed even more chemicals will be required to grow the food in a way that looks good for the stores. Yeah, the food looks really good, but it has no actual nutritional value, and it's covered in Round-Up and Atrazine, two things that should never come within 500 ft of the human mouth. Yes, this is depressing, but we the people are letting it happen. I personally grow as much of my own food as possible in a garden I had plowed in my backyard, and I share as much of it as I can with other people who I attempt to educate about these issues.
Regarding the comments about the good things that Monsanto, et al, have done - no amount of good can make up for the damage they have done, and are doing to both farming and our food supply. 20-50 years from now we will be looking back and understanding that we should never have let GMOs into our food or into animal feed. I'll take anyone up on that bet.
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