If you are a follower of mine or maybe just randomly caught the comments on my last (completely misunderstood) post on a gmo topic, you would know that there is some ultra thick, clouded air in the room and I feel like I need to clear it a bit, like everything else in my life that I questioned and did not understand.
People construe media with truth, social media with news and opinions with honesty.
I always liked the saying “opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and most are full of shit.”
There is no defining label on anything, these days.
I have a lot of opinions about all the questionable practices in modern America and they are not limited to food. I don’t however claim to be an expert in any of them, (except maybe couponing, I do know more than the average Jane on that), but that does not mean I can not learn a bit or a lot . It is kind of my choice.
So in the ever repetitive advise to ‘do some actual research’ from the opposed-agenda-comment contributors or damn trolls, as I like to refer to them. I did just that.
I obsessed, like I usually do on things I am learning about and I found out tons of shit.
and for some more thinking material…
Are GMO’s Harmful?
In my opinion, the question of whether or not a genetically modified food is harmful or not actually requires many more questions to be asked. There is just too many open-ended loop-hole answers that can be given, that again led me to more questions.
The Definition of harm is one of them and I beg to ask, harm to whom?
Does harming the environment, economy or any genetic structure, for that matter, have any involvement in the classification of harm?
Video Learning from my friend, Ted
So first let me introduce you to Dr. Thierry Vrain and a couple of my favorite quotes from his Genetically modified food rapped post, on The Vancouver Sun.
I know well that Canada does not perform long term feeding studies as they do in Europe. The only study I am aware of from Canada is from the Sherbrooke Hospital in 2011, when doctors found that 93% of pregnant women and 82% of the fetuses tested had the protein pesticide in their blood.
One argument I hear repeatedly is that nobody has been sick or died after a meal (or a trillion meals since 1996) of GM food. Nobody gets ill from smoking a pack of cigarette either. But it sure adds up, and we did not know that in the 1950s before we started our wave of epidemics of cancer. Except this time it is not about a bit of smoke, it’s the whole food system that is of concern.
Now lets turn the table to a figure that most SAHM CEO’s can relate to, Robyn O’Brien.
Her main page bio sums it up about her and why I totally value her opinion, which is always seemly littered with fact, references and authority.
A former food industry analyst, strategist, author and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien brings insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on our health.
Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as an equity analyst on a global portfolio team. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy, called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. Robyn’s work has also been recognized by individuals such as Dr. Oz, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization AllergyKids which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children. Her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Now I will leave you with a bit of entertainment in the form of a documentary, because we all know that learning can not happen, unless it is enjoyed.
Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. In GMO OMG, the encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks,chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing global movement to take back what we have lost. Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked? Is there still time to reclaim its purity, protect biodiversity and save ourselves?
Just start thinking, as there is no homework required but that.
Think about the first question.
Rather, I think the focus of the question should be are GMO’s completely Safe?
When I did go to Monsanto’s Site and looked up the very query: “Are GMO’s Safe?”, I was presented with this Cry1Ab Detection in Women and Infants Raises no Safety Concerns response, that at one point simply states, “Glyphosate is not a reproductive toxin and these findings also raise no safety concerns.”
Of course Monsanto’s technical response to Austrian mouse study (referred to in the first video) poses the question:
If corruption happens in the process, has the crime not been committed?
If the study is not accepted, neither is the past result, by default of the process.
Thank you for making it to the end and hope you enjoyed it.