The Evidence May Show That GMOs Are Safe But I Still Avoid Them
By Lazy Hippie Mama on June 20, 2014
Now, let's say your black cow almost drowns one day because she fell into the river that runs through your pasture. You decide to take one of her ovum, extract the DNA, splice it with the DNA of a fish and create a cow-fish that is a great milk producer and has the ability to breath through gills.
That's the difference (in ridiculous, over-simplified terms) between the genetic manipulation that has been going on for centuries and Genetically Modified Organisms.
Is the milk from the cow-fish healthy? Maybe.
Do scientists in the year 2014 have a strong enough handle on the workings of DNA and the effects of food on overall health to guarantee that cow-fish make healthy milk? Hmmm... well, have they definitively answered what role DNA plays in cancer? Mental illness? Diabetes? Can they "fix" autism or down syndrome? Can they even, with 100% accuracy that never fails, trace the genetic lineage of humans? They're getting there. The amount of knowledge and the understanding of practical application increases every day, but the science of genetics is not perfectly well developed yet.
Add to that the track record of foods that were once deemed not only acceptable but hailed as better than anything from nature - they range from cocaine to saccharine to trans-fats. "All doctors agree this is safe," they said. "There is no evidence that it's harmful," they said. But now we know better.
Pile on a healthy dose of Big Biotech being in bed with the lawmakers, the pharmaceutical companies and everyone else who stands to make a dollar.
Toss in a dash of truly bizarre controversy surrounding scientists formerly hailed as THE experts in the field (thinking of Dr. Don Huber, specifically).
And, just for good measure, throw in a pinch of, "The hippie in me just can't trust a company like Monsanto," (I never claimed to not have a few biases of my own!),
and now you have the reason why I still avoid GMOs, even though the evidence may show that they are safe.
*** I didn't provide many links to research or further reading in this post because much of what I was drawing on came from what I've learned in the past, when doing research for the post, "What I Learned About GMOs From 9 Farmers, A Monsanto Employee and A Whole Bunch of Reading." If you want more information I strongly encourage you to head over there and click through to the various links on both sides of the debate. This is not a cut-and-dry issue and there is a great deal to be considered when making the right choices for yourself and your family!***
Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?
If we work on our goals together, they may be a little easier to achieve!