I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while. Do GMO’s present a danger to humans? I’m not a specialist in this field and I’ve not written about this subject simply because I expect some to criticize me that I have no background here. But I can read, as well as anyone else, and I think it’s time for all of us, to take another look at this controversy, most notably skeptics.
I go to the grocery store at least weekly and I’ve come to notice that almost everything I buy, has the notice on it that it’s non-GMO. Why? Where does this fear of science come from? There are absolutely zero scientific studies of genetically modified organisms that have been proven to be harmful to humans. None. Yet, there is a rising belief that there is. It’s no different to me than those that are anti-vaccination . There’s no proof, any study, ever, that vaccines cause autism, but because a few people, so-called scientists claim a relation, suddenly we have a resurgence of childhood disease that were once essentially eradicated.
Back to the grocery store. Walk down any aisle and notice how many items on the shelf proclaim that they are non-GMO. Pretty much every cereal box anyone buys will state that on the box, yet those same manufacturers have no problem with the sugar content (unless you’re eating plain cornflakes or something similar, all of them are loaded with sugar). That seems to be okay with those anti-GMO folks. Even tuna. Yes, you read that correctly, Tuna companies are now probably virtue signaling that their products are non-GMO. Here’s a photo I took recently of a can of tuna:
Notice the lid proclaims to be wild caught, but also non-GMO. Really? How does that work? Are there some wild caught fish out there that have been genetically modified? Maybe it’s the other contents, which happen to be water and sea salt. Is sea salt genetically modified?
There are grains, genetically modified (e.g. wheat and rye) that require less water, for those countries that receive little rain every year, and those same have been modified to resist pests. Think about that. Using less water to grow crops and also resisting infestation which allows for a better crop, without having to use pesticides! Think about that the next time you’re in the store buying anything. Go to the fruit/vegetable department: all of those have at one point been sprayed with pesticides. Does anyone think that just taking those same through a rinse removes those chemicals? But that seems to be okay with the anti-GMO crowd. Pesticides: good. GMO’s: bad.
I know what some are going to say: buy organic. Even those farmers use some sort of pesticide.They have to or they’d not be able to stay in business. Have we collectively lost our minds? It certainly seems so and it’s time for skeptics to start writing and speaking out more about all of these questions where a powerful minority seem to have an overwhelming voice in our lives.
Are GMO’s bad for us? All of the evidence to date says an affirmative NO. That doesn’t keep some from braying about it constantly, and having those that provide our foods from becoming virtue signalers.
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As with all scientific advancements, it depends upon how far down the road we go. CRISPR has opened up a whole new world of modification that has quickly altered grains for the better, mushrooms for the better. Do we trust the Chinese to use CRISPR for only the purposes that are safe for humanity? No, we don’t and so we might find bigger, faster, stronger warriors and certainly grains and veggies that could be detrimental to humanity.
It is nearly impossible to make the claim that no GMO grains were used to feed meat animals or milk animals. But…having it printed on a can or bag makes people feel better, because people are generally clueless as to just how much GMO has pervaded our food supply.
The genie is out of the bottle. How we use the magic is up to those whom we choose to monitor such stuff for us. In general, I am not worried…until I consider the Chinese and their fanaticism with global control and lack of a…umm…Judeo-Christian ethical code. They and probably a few lesser entities won’t let the idea stop them. They won’t stop to consider whether they should do it, if they think they can do it and do it first in order to give them an edge. They don’t care about the consequences, just about pulling ahead of the rest of us fast.
The no-GMO labeling seems to be more of a marketing strategy than anything else. Lots of parallels with religion.
The problem is that now so many people believe that GMO’s are inherently dangerous to human health without a scrap of evidence behind them.
Here is a brief and simply written article from “The Furrow” about CRISPR, in case you might be interested. I think the factual information concerning benefits garnered currently get ignored when the big scary science fiction “could happens” are exploited by anti-GMO factions. https://www.johndeerefurrow.com/2018/09/07/the-crispr-revolution/
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