How I Got Converted to GMO Food

GMOs

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/opinion/sunday/how-i-got-converted-to-gmo-food.html?_r=0

In regards to the above article:

This isn’t the first scientist I’ve heard that is practically begging us to stop believing and spreading the misinformation about GMO’s because it’s hurting people. People around the world are not being allowed to use better crops because of anti-GMO misinformation and paranoia, even leading to Greenpeace ruining field trials by literally pulling up the plants.

“In Africa, however, countries have fallen like dominoes to anti-G.M. campaigns. I am writing this at a biotechnology conference in Nairobi, where the government slapped a G.M.O. import ban in 2012 after activists brandished pictures of rats with tumors and claimed that G.M. foods caused cancer.

The origin of the scare was a French scientific paper that was later retracted by the journal in which it was originally published because of numerous flaws in methodology. Yet Kenya’s ban remains, creating a food-trade bottleneck that will raise prices, worsening malnutrition and increasing poverty for millions.

In Uganda, the valuable banana crop is being devastated by a new disease called bacterial wilt, while the starchy cassava, a subsistence staple, has been hit by two deadly viruses. Biotech scientists have produced resistant varieties of both crops using genetic modification, but anti-G.M.O. groups have successfully prevented the Ugandan Parliament from passing a biosafety law necessary for their release.”

If we’re serious about helping people, and about people’s health, then we need to start listening to the scientists who are sharing their stories and asking us to stop perpetuating misinformation. People talk about the mythical GMO-causing cancer that has been repeatedly debunked, but people are starving because anti-GMO activists won’t let them use better crops? Forgive my French, but that’s bullshit.

(Just to clarify: Being pro GMO doesn’t mean I necessarily support Monsanto. Businesses should be held accountable for their bullying practices whether they’re GMO businesses or not; this is a problem rampant in large corporations in every industry. If they’re acting irresponsibly they should be called out on it. But that doesn’t mean GMO’s are evil.)

This is a speech by a plant geneticist in a TED talk, discussing GMO’s and how they’re helping people:

http://www.ted.com/talks/pamela_ronald_the_case_for_engineering_our_food

An article summarizing the safety of GMO’s, as verified recently by a team of Italian scientists who scrutinized almost 2,000 studies on GMO safety. Their verdict confirmed the already proven consensus- they’re safe.

http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/10/08/with-2000-global-studies-confirming-safety-gm-foods-among-most-analyzed-subject-in-science/

An article about how farmers are affected by GMO’s:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2015/04/18/non-gmo-farming/25951693/

This article from The Science Babe talks about GMO’s, among other things. She cites sources to prove what she’s saying. I encourage you to check out those links and see for yourself the consensus of the scientific community.

http://gawker.com/the-bullshit-hypocrisy-of-all-natural-foods-1702686054

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3 thoughts on “How I Got Converted to GMO Food

  1. We’ve been genetically engineering our food for thousands of years by selective breeding. We mixed together thousands of genes, back when we didn’t know what any of them did, and just hoped for good results. And we didn’t lab test anything, we just ate the results to see if they were any good.

    Now we have the ability to insert just the one gene we need, one where we know exactly what it does, without all that other potential baggage of other genes getting mixed in. And we can test to be sure that the gene is only doing the thing we want. And people are going nuts over this? We can save lives by making rice that includes Vitamin A, or prevent a famine with a blight resistant plant, and people are using scare tactics and hype to prevent this happening. Arrggh.

  2. Pingback: “If You Want More Healthful Food, Then Opposing GMO’s Will Accomplish Literally Nothing” (link) | Life and Other Musings

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