My 3 #GMO Biggies

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Here are my 3 big issues with GMOs.

1. Who Wants FrankenFood?
Splicing herbicide-resistant strands of bacteria into the genes of vegetable seeds sounds just a little too “Dr. Frankenstein Moves to the Island of Dr. Moreau” doesn’t it?

Kidding aside, crossing species just to make the crops able to endure greater and greater amounts of pesticides sounds like the kind of thing that needs LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of testing before we even think about eating it or feeding it to the animals we eat.

 

2. Blowing Smoke
Sure, all that GMO work makes crops “Round-Up Ready”, and that makes ’em tough enough to endure massive amounts of herbicides and pesticides.

Know what isn’t? Everything else in the environment, including you and me.

Do we really want more and more pesticides in the soil and streams? And what happens as weeds and pests evolve to become more resistant to Round-Up?

Isn’t anyone else reminded of the 40s and 50s when some people thought it was ok to fight polio by spraying DDT all over the place? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmslbUoPLEQ)

 

3. Quit Hiding It
If there are no safety concerns, why can’t GMO be on the label? Why can’t we know what’s in the box, in the can, in the butcher’s case, or in the produce section?

The argument that it increases costs to producers is specious. In case we need reminding, brands change their packaging and labeling all the time.

Hell, this is their next “new and improved” marketing opportunity!! (http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/10/would-gmo-labeling-jack-food-prices)

 

Given how pervasive GMOs are now in some crops like canola, corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and others, it’s hard to imagine how we “go back” to pre-GMO times. All I want to know is where they are and where they are not when I go to the grocery store. Is that asking too much?

 

(Thanks to GMO Inside (@GMOInside, https://www.facebook.com/GmoInsidehttp://gmoinside.org/) for the image from their Facebook page today.)

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