GMO’s Everywhere!

27 Oct
From: ildcalifornia.org
From: ildcalifornia.org

Tree Hugger recently published this brief article on genetically modified organisms in our North American food. I am aware that both the Union of concerned scientists and Tree Hugger are biased towards environmentalism, but I think this article has some good points. To sum it up, the article cites a study recently undertaken by the Union of Concerned Scientists that found that yields from GMO crops are marginally better than those from natural crops. This raises questions about the reasons for using GMO seeds.

If GMOs are developed to increase yields, then hey have failed. If they are marketed to reduce costs for farmers, and the price of GMO corn seed is now triple what it was just a few years ago, then they have failed yet again. If these seeds are engineered to use less herbicides when, according to recent indications, many weeds are becoming roundup-resistant, requiring a cocktail of herbicide applications in certain farming areas while crop land is being abandoned in others, they have most certainly failed! 

If these things are true, you’ve got to wonder what is going on in our agriculture industry and why it is going on. It certainly doesn’t seem to be for the benefit of the farmers or the people.

Union of Concerned Scientists: www.uscusa.org

Treehugger Article: www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/why-gmo-foods-have-failed.php?dcitc=daily.nl

Equally or more biased view on GMO benefits: www.monsanto.com/biotech-gmo/asp/default.asp

– Tyler

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One Response to “GMO’s Everywhere!”

  1. lbraithwaite November 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    I think consumers have come to expect the produce they buy at the grocery store to be big, bright and juicy. Given a choice, I believe that most people would automatically reach for the genetically modified strawberries rather than their considerably smaller, more muted organic counterpart. However, once you tell people that they are GMOs, they would probably be quick to put them back.

    I find this interesting – are strawberries with extra chromosomes really that bad?

    I personally prefer the taste of organic strawberries, but certainly wouldn’t refuse GM ones. I am not at all concerned about possible side effects of consuming fruit with extra chromosomes – are you?

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