I'd like to take today's post to point out my concerns about Genetically-Modified Food (GM or GMO). I will preface this by saying I am not completely sold on anything, but I am certainly worried by the prevalence of patented foodstuffs that currently make up a stunning majority of Corn, Soybean, Sugar Beet, etc... grown in America. I'm no alarmist, and conspiracy theories are sometimes exaggerated, yet I'm starting to think that the GM food issue is being underplayed severely.
Scouring the internet, you will be hard pressed to find articles praising the Genetically Modified food that is now dominating the American market. Yet, you will quickly see dozens of articles from highly educated and respected individuals who are shouting out a warning about the detrimental impact these artificially-manipulated crops are having on human health and the environment.
One of the more frightening and compelling articles I've come across is this one, which details the concerns of Dr. Don Huber. He details the deleterious effects of GM foods on plants, humans, soil, and basically everything living. Are these just more eco-freak conspiracy theorist ramblings, designed to push us back to an Amish level of living? Obviously not, but it does point out that the current use of Genetically Modified Food poses some serious risks.
Science is very much a double-edged sword, and there are more than a few mad scientists who are eager to play with fire, and damn the consequences. Worse still are their financial backers, who are blinded by their own portfolios. These wealthy businessmen often pander to the "green" movement, while ignoring genuine environmental threats. They'll promote their new "green initiative" to cut CO2 levels and plant a few trees, while altering the very genome of our sustenance in potentially toxic ways. It's sticking out the right hand to hide what the left one is doing.
This doesn't even go into the true money-grubbing behaviors of some firms like Monsanto, who wantonly attempt to control our ability to grow food. Take the Schmeiser case, for instance. This case sets a most dangerous precedent, and this sort of behavior is a threat to any and all lovers of freedom. When a company can own exclusive rights to the very seeds we need to feed ourselves, they essentially own us!
It's important that people educate themselves about the issues concerning GM foods, or we might sow the seeds of our own destruction.