GMO... It's been a hot topic in the news for a few years now, sparking many heated debates between food corporations, health professionals, farmers, activists and the general public...
A few weeks ago, I heard a lecture from one Michael Jacobson. As someone who started The Center for Science n The Public Interest back in 1971, Mr. Jacobson is known to be someone who's presumably "on our side". So hearing Mr. Jacobson state that there's not enough hard science to prove that GMOs are a concern for our health, but there's plenty of evidence it can help by increasing yield and reducing chemical inputs, was certainly alarming. Even after digging on the web, I found nothing to show Jacobson's ties with anyone from the "dark side". On the contrary, there's plenty of evidence that Jacobson tirelessly lobbies against some of the practices the big food corporations employ to keep us hooked.
A few moments after hearing Jacobson's talk, I heard a talk by Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute of Responsible Technology. Smith, who's also the director of the film Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives, outlined specific research, such as evidence from veterinarian doctors and lab research in pets and rats, about what happens to animals who were fed GM food crops, as well as some personal experiences of patients who were able to rid themselves of diseases and allergies, by discontinuing consuming foods containing GM crops. Mr. Smith was adamantly against GM foods, and deemed them dangerous to our health, as well as possibly responsible for a slew of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and most alarmingly, obesity.
Needless to say, I was a little confused...
Interestingly enough, around the same time hearing both lectures, I've been reading a wonderful novel called All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki. Ozeki tells the story of potato farmers in Idaho, and through the intricate net of characters, exposes the readers to some of the issues present today with factory and conventional farming in general, and the use of GM seeds and crops in particular. Even though this was a work of fiction, it is evident Ozeki did some extensive research for the book, and it was great to read the "personal account" of the characters, which shed light on the issue from all sorts of angles: the farmers; the activists; the media; and the corporate world.
So... whether you think GMOs are good or bad for us, I'd love to hear from you. As a health advocate, a natural food chef and health coach, I'm personally of the opinion that anything that comes from the lab, may have consequences in years to come...
As Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead put it "You eat food made by people in white coats, you end up going to see people in white coats"
What do YOU think?
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May all beings be naturally and peacefully happy :)