So what is it about GE/GMO foods that we are so against? Why can’t we just all calm down and allow these big corporations to go merrily along their way and plant the world? Perhaps the following insights might give you some understanding as to why consumers are moving away from Genetically Engineered foods.
I pick up the phone, I email, and I ask questions. I talk to Monsanto and the governments. Problem is, I can never get a black and white, yes or no answer.
If there are studies out there on the long-term effects (that show no harm) then why, WHY are we not privy to them? Surely a company with this wonderful data would be more than willing to share it with the world?
If anyone out there has any such studies and tests, I would be glad to show them to the world.
Another problem with any testing is that it doesn’t hold much substance when it comes from the corporation itself, and not a third-party independent. Monsanto has been found, in the last few days, to have created fraudulent reports on their tests. Imagine that.
Big Biotech runs Canada, not Steven Harper
There are numerous third-party impartial research projects done on GE/GMO and their effects on the human body/health. But big biotech is in bed with our governments. What? You didn’t know that our politicians don’t run our country? Where have you been?
Read this: The Real Board of Directors:
This is a very well written document about how deep this has gone within the Canadian government. No doubt it’s much the same in other countries. Devlin Kuyek writes that the voices of elected officials are excluded, and the voices of self-serving non-elected officials set Canadian public policy. Warning: some of the information in this will have you moving to Panama.
Canadians and peoples from all countries are waking up and not asking questions as much as demanding answers. The world is gaining in conscious, and that could spell an end or at least one very big change for biotech giants. Consumers are not buying GMO/GE foods and are paying attention to what they buy and eat. The GE foods came onto the markets so strong and so fast that they created a ripple among those of us who can still remember what it was like before people were afraid of their food. And we would like to go back there, thank you.
Because GE foods are resistant to bugs and pests, contain numerous ‘mutations’ and are a far cry from anything Mother Nature would approve, this leaves us with the problem of keeping them out of the natural environment.
Scientists have found that GE genes do transfer to natural plants and species, and to humans. Once these transfers get out of control and alter all existing natural plants, we cannot reverse the problem, and if we find out, down the road, that GM foods are related to disease and health problems, we face a catastrophe much larger than the swine flu. A world without safe food is a recipe for extinction.
It’s a continuous battle of catch-up
Resistance is becoming a problem in our society: resistance to antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, various drugs and chemicals brings on the new challenges of superbugs, weeds and viruses. Eventually, they may mutate to the point where human existence is compromised.
Today, they make new and improved varieties of chemicals that fight these new superweeds, but we now live on the tipping point of being able to reverse the problem. The big biotechs don’t seem to have any control over their own action of reinventing a bad idea, and unfortunately, their families and friends could get caught up in the wave of resistance and inability to ward off disease and health issues from compromised immune systems.
We simply don’t know
There are arguments for GE out there, stating that anyone against GMO should give their heads a shake because no one really knows if it’s ok or not.
Don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t sit right with me. How about you? Do you find any dichotomy in that statement?
The fact that we don’t know IS the reason why so many people are against GE foods.
We simply don’t know.
GE foods only came out in 1996, a very short time considering it often takes years to see the real effects of food (remember the BSE – Mad Cow Disease scare? Apparently, it can incubate within the body for up to 30 years. And PCB’s – how long did it take to find out they lead to cancer and a host of diseases? Then there’s dioxins and Agent Orange…).
How GE foods are created
Are we moving too fast for our physical bodies to adapt to new sciences?
Altering the DNA and creating transgenic vegetables raises concerns for vegans and vegetarians. GE/GMO foods are transgenic (use of a variety of sources: animals, proteins, bacterium, pesticides, herbicides). The addition of Roundup Ready, an herbicide that kills bugs when they chew on the Roundup Ready GE plant, is now being eaten by you.
The Science Creative Quarterly – great article on GE foods and how they are created.
Are we moving too fast for our physical bodies to assimilate and change to adapt to this new science? Nature is s-l-o-w to change. Could we be moving into a biological disaster?
GE Foods will feed the hungry
So far we have not seen this happen. Problem is, the hungry don’t have enough money to eat. Unless Monsanto wants to give their food away, I’m not sure the entire world is going to miraculously heal from GE food in the near future.
It’s becoming a well-worn statement from big biotech corporations, and one that we are getting tired of hearing.
You can bring GE seeds into impoverished countries, but the farmers not only miss the point of them, the farmers are so steeped in traditional ways of farming they are not likely to grow it or keep the patent infringements in check. Their traditions enjoy the exchange of seeds. And how is Monsanto going to sue them? They’re poor.
The truth lies somewhere in the argument that big biotech will move into poor nations through the back door. It will end up much like the oil industries that went to Africa. The oil companies got rich, raped Africa and took all the money home, while Africa is still poor and hungry. Only the big biotechs will get rich on this program off the backs of poor and uneducated farmers.
Circle Of Responsibility: Genetically Engineered Crops
While it may not be a popular topic, the question of population control has to be argued in the solution to world hunger. The world is not low on food production. But eventually we will have to come to some understanding of simple math: there will be more people than there will be land to produce food. We cannot grow indefinitely.
This leads to the fact that it’s not a problem of a country, but a problem of the world. It won’t be easy to solve, and contains numerous heated topics on religion, who will pay for it, and how it is to be done. In an enlightened world, education is one of the answers, but with the political landscape the way it is now, Mother Nature works faster than World Orders and Organizations.
This is one reason why I don’t believe that GE foods will solve the problem of world hunger. How can you accept a concept like Genetic Engineering to save the world when the whole premise of big biotech is to increase shareholder value?
How can we win the GE fight?
By not fighting at all. There is nothing to fight against. To win anything, to gain power and strength, all a single person has to do is to not buy into the program anymore.
It’s that simple.
Remember Gandhi: he changed an entire nation with peace. He and his followers just quit buying into the program by choosing another way, and quietly, peacefully changed a huge piece of history.
All you have to do is quit buying into the program. It’s that simple.
I remember sitting with Howard Louie (yup, the one) and talking about how the Bank of Hong Kong could possibly go under? There was panic in the streets of Vancouver, and you could watch the pandemonium from my office window back then. Howard just quietly stared out the window, and in his genius said “Big companies fall just as easy as the little ones. They just make a bigger bang.”
My challenge to you out there is to just stop buying anything that isn’t either organic or non-GMO. That’s the best place to put your energies. Let the rest of us ‘radicals’ march on with the message – let us spread the word and educate the publics. We too have quit buying into the program – long ago.