The Evidence May Show That GMOs Are Safe But I Still Avoid Them
By Lazy Hippie Mama on June 20, 2014
She concludes with this:
"So let’s label food, but let’s do it right. Instead of adding a general label about the process with which a plant variety was developed, let’s use labels that provide details about how the crop was grown and what is actually in the food. Let’s apply these labels to all foods, so consumers can make comparisons and draw their own conclusions about the risks and benefits of each seed or farming practice. Let’s create a national sustainable agriculture standard that is science-based and that has as its goal the health and well-being of consumers, farm workers, and the environment."
Yes, yes and yes! I couldn't possibly agree more! What a lovely idea! Let's do it!
In the meantime...
Did you notice that the quotes, above, have a lot of pieces taken out? Those are the parts that are, for me, not common ground.
Right off the bat she says that there is not "a single credible report" that raises issues about the health consequences of GMOs.
If you click over to the first post I ever wrote on this topic you will find links to several reports from all over the world that raise concerns over everything from decreasing fertility rates to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Some of them come from more credible sources than others but it is important to remember in any hot topic debate that one side can almost always find some reason to discredit the other.
For instance, I could try to discredit Prof. Ronald by mentioning that she makes her living by producing and promoting GMO products so it is in her personal best interest to put the best possible face on bio-tech. Is she knowledgeable? No doubt she knows so much more than I do about all of this it's laughable. Is she unbiased? Not a chance. Does that mean she lacks credibility? I guess that's up to you to decide.
She points out that these products have been widely consumed for 30 years now with no ill effects.
She could be right. Presumably, if you're reading this, you're still alive and well enough to read. I wonder though... We are told there is an obesity epidemic. Severe food allergies are more common than ever. Children have higher rates of respiratory illness than ever before. Adults are suffering from chronic pain and illness at younger ages and more severely than previous generations. Mental illness is on the rise. Autism is on the rise. We are not a society that has been experiencing improved health in the past generation.
Is that because of GMOs?
I don't know and neither does anyone else.
It certainly seems prudent, though, to consider that ONE of the MAJOR changes in the world in the last generation has been the introduction of genetically modified food.
She hails GMOs for reducing food costs and insists that labeling will increase them.
Uhm... has she been grocery shopping lately?! In what world is food getting cheaper?!
She argues that GMOs enhance biological diversity.
I would argue that buying ONE type of seed from ONE company does the exact opposite. Further, there are side-effects of Round-up Ready Seed. One example that comes to mind is the reduction of milkweed growing in soy bean fields. Great news for soy bean farmers. Bad news for the pollinators who live primarily off of milkweed. If the pollinators die off a massive portion of the food on this planet goes with them. That is not a good thing for biological diversity!
My favorite argument from the pro-GMO side is one that is made in every conversation I have ever had on this topic. "Everything we eat has been genetically modified in some manner."
That's true. If you looked at food from 1,000 years ago it would barely be recognizable to you. We have domesticated and cross-bred and hybridized everything. We've been doing it for as long as we, as a species, have been intentionally growing our own food.
Here's the difference, IMHO. Keep in mind, I am not a scientist. I never claimed to be. If you come back at me with a line about aminopeptides or some such thing I won't understand a word you are saying. I'm just drawing on a decent under-graduate education and a LOT of reading on this topic.
Let's say, hypothetically, that you have a black cow who is an awesome milk producer and a white steer who is totally tolerant to the coldest conceivable temperatures. You might decide to play Cupid in the pasture and see if you can't come up with a spotted baby cow who grows up to be one extremely hardy milk-making beast. Congratulations! You just manipulated the gene pool.
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