You may have looked into the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms. I did a few years ago and I learned that I don’t want to consume anything that is GMO. The fight to have GMO labeling has raged on over the years and is still going, the United States and Canada banning GMO labeling so you can’t know what you’re eating.
The GMO issue can be a little overwhelming for people. I think it’s because there is a lot of misunderstanding of what “genetically modified” means and because of the scientific nature of the process of modifying something genetically, it’s not a very exciting subject for some of us.
It is also overwhelming because we are told that GMO is everywhere. That mainstay crops such as soy and corn are ALL genetically modified (not true) and that even if you grow organically, the pollen from nearby GMO crops can blow right on over to your field. (True). The media and vested interests make it sound like there is nothing you can do about it.
There is nothing like a more personal story to help bring an issue to light and I just saw a film about GMO that does just that. It’s called “Modified” and I saw it on Friday night on the show Documentary Showcase on the Scientology Network. Documentary Showcase features excellent work by various documentary filmmakers around the world.
I loved “Modified” and I recommend you watch it. Here is the trailer for it: https://www.scientology.tv/series/documentary-showcase/modified/videos/trailer.html?fbclid=IwAR38cqph7n5uCvFmdt5FFri7eKUs_8QU92XdVICv60GnxX_spDw0VzAQzUc
You can go on Scientology.TV to watch it. Just scroll down to the documentary films. You’ll find “Modified” and many other wonderful documentaries there.
Massive Social Outrage Over “Natural” Kashi Cereal.
And outraged we should be.
But we also should be responsible by taking action. Educate yourself. Please read this.
Human genes engineered into experimental GMO rice being grown in Kansas
This is the Natural News headline I found in my email box this morning. I was still feeling kinda warm and glowy about getting a nice acknowledgement/award from a fellow blogger yesterday. But it’s back to business for me today.
I have so many concerns about this that I can’t keep count. The first one is that now I’m going to need to track down the source of this information and find out if it is just the rantings of the merchants of chaos or does it have some basis in truth?
gmo (Photo credit: decorat)
Then if there is any truth to it, well, obviously there are lots of concerns such as the fact that plants and crops don’t keep to themselves exactly. The wind blows—things fly through the air—mix around—and get into other plants and crops. I have seen quite a bit recently about “traces of GMO” in non-GMO foods.
There is the fact that currently the FDA doesn’t make food manufacturers label their products GMO. Supposedly organic food would not be GMO but what if the organic farm is downwind from this place in Kansas?
I worry about the children who will eat this stuff and the mothers and fathers who will eat it and then produce children. And then of course there’s the whole idea of some sort of cannabalism and that is a disturbing thought. Who comes up with the idea to do something like this in the first place?
That is what I want to know.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (Photo credit: live w mcs)
More About Genetically Engineered (or Genetically Modified) Food
A follower recently asked me what was actually bad about GMO’s besides the fact that they’re unnatural. It was a good question! I wrote about this subject January 23rd and 24th. http://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/24/a-bandwagon-worth-jumping-on/ and http://mycookinglife.com/2012/01/23/whats-good-enough-to-eat/ I’ve continued reading about this subject and have come to understand that it is not just a problem of having a fruit, vegetable or animal’s genes modified in order to develop some quality or characteristic that it wouldn’t normally have. (Though for me, this is unnatural enough and reason enough for me to not want GMO food.) The problem is also the reason that foods are being GMO’d.
One reason is that food is modified so it can withstand harsher pesticides. When this is done, then the harsher pesticide can be used without killing off the plant but then what does that do to our environment now that we’re using harsher pesticides? Another problem is that the pesticides themselves are being GMO’d. What is that doing to them and how does that worsen their affect on our environment? Do we really want to mess with Mother Nature that way? Look at this picture of a guy pouring Monsanto pesticide (Monsanta is very BIG in the GMO business) to be sprayed on food crops. What do the mask, jumpsuit and heavy rubber gloves say to you about the safety of having that in and on our food?
Image via Wikipedia
And as far as I can see, no one has actually laid out exactly what the effect of GMO food is on our bodies, though the link below does mention GMO pesticides being found in the umbilical cord of pregnant women. Well, you can find pesticides in lots of living things and this is never a good thing and I do my best to avoid exposure to pesticides altogether.
The GMO industry is money-driven, of course. And the first step we need to take in order to change the direction of increasing alteration of natural food by genetically modifying them, is to be able to know if a food product is GMO or not. In forty countries, GMO labeling is required. It is not required in my country, the United States. You should find out if it is required in yours.
If we can get laws passed to label GMO’d food products, then we have the ability to choose if we want to consume them or not. And if enough of us get educated and decide not to consume GMO foods, then the problem will take care of itself. Here’s the link to some basic information about GMO foods from “Just Label It” http://justlabelit.org/about-ge-foods/ge-foods-at-a-glance/