Thursday

Let's Get Real: Genetic Modification and More

I believe that a parent can teach his/her own child after the age of five just as well as they can teach them before the age of five. I believe that a person can learn from a book and from experience just as well as he/she can learn from a book... inside a school. I believe that TV is making us dumber and lazier. I believe that we can be content when we set our minds to it and without having the latest fads and fashions.

Most of all, I believe that we deserve enough information to make our own choices when it comes to food. It's now required that labels list nutrients and ingredients and they're supposed to be honest about what's in the container. Sometimes the name of the product is misleading, but it's illegal to out and out lie about it.

So why is it okay to sell food that's been genetically modified without letting us know that it is? Because the FDA says it's "safe"? How does that give anyone the right to sell it to us without telling us about it?

If I went to the store and decided to buy eggs, don't I have the right to know if they're chicken eggs or goose eggs? GM foods are not the same as naturally grown foods. When a plant is modified genetically, it is no longer the plant it started to be. That is the essence of genetic modification.

There are no good examples because there are no other situations where one thing becomes another in the laboratory, then is passed off as the original.

What brought this on was an article on the Organic Consumers Association web site called "Why Genetically Engineered Food is Dangerous: New Report."

We've talked about it, worried about it, written letters and made phone calls. GMO food needs to be labeled. I would not knowingly feed it to my child. "Knowingly" is the key. We have the right to know.

2 comments:

  1. Amen, Pat! I guess if we only want to feed our families REAL food, we will either have to buy organic or grow it ourselves.

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  2. Right now that's the only way we can be sure, Stacie. The push is on for labeling GMO foods, but we've got a long way to go.

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