Have you ever really thought about what a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is?
Picture this; a scientist (mad or otherwise, your choice) decides to chop up the DNA of plants and animals and then splice different parts back together to create new plants and animals that have magic super powers.
OK, well life must be pretty dull sometimes being a scientist, and I can imagine the thrill in creating a whole new species and offering it to the world. It must make you feel a little bit like a god, right?
Take the Flavr Savr tomato. Have you heard of it? The (mad?) scientist behind this one thought the world would be a far better place if s/he invented a tomato that was frost resistant.
Well OK, that could be useful.
Would you still agree when said scientist took the DNA from a fish (an arctic flounder to be precise) and spliced it into the DNA of a tomato? S/he didn’t just choose to breed two different tomatoes varieties together to get a desired outcome, as in traditional breeding techniques, but actually used DNA from an animal to change the genetic code of a plant.
(By the way, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Flavr Savr tomato for sale in 1994, but it was taken off the market in 1997 because of abysmal sales. Thankfully.)
Or how about corn that is engineered to prevent dying when doused in weed killer. Yep, that right, a plant that actually withstands being sprayed with a plant killer. Doesn’t that say it all?
Do you not suppose that a trace of that plant/weedkiller will still be on the corn when it comes to be harvested? Or that the roots may have sucked up the poison just like they do the nutrients in fertiliser?
Fancy some ‘Roundup’ with your Ketchup?
There is evidence out there that lab rats fed only on GM corn are sterile within 3 generations. Actually, there is a lot of evidence out there to make us think twice about allowing GM foods into our homes. Google it, study it, and if you don’t like what you read, shun it.
In the US, the agricultural system is irrevocably contaminated with GMO’s, and food cartons are not required to state whether they contain GM ingredients. In the UK we are little less trusting it seems as “if a food contains or consists of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or contains ingredients produced from GMOs, this must be indicated on the label. For GM products sold ‘loose’, information must be displayed immediately next to the food to indicate that it is GM.”
Interestingly, also taken from the FSA website “Products such as meat, milk and eggs from animals fed on GM animal feed also do not need to be labelled.” However, it is my belief that any eggs, milk or meat labelled as Organic cannot have been fed on GM feed.
So make your choice dear readers. Do you want your children and grand children eating this stuff? If the answer is no, please, I beg you, read up on this subject. Read your labels. Ignore products containing GMO’s, even if they are cheaper. You have no idea what eating them could do to your and your family’s health.