As a kid I can remember a saying my dad used to say,
“Meat is meat, and good God man’s got to eat.”
This proclamation was usually followed by my mom saying,
“You are what you eat dear.”
I love to eat like most people I’m sure do. But I also like to eat healthy. Is Biotech helping with that regard? Is their genetically modified foods (also known as GMO) the pinnacle of good food / healthy food, or some yet undiscovered ticking health time bomb within a scientific fools paradise?
It’s harvest time; the moment to reap what gene engineers have sown. This year GMO corn will account for 93% of the harvest. Some added genes shield the corn against herbicides; while other genes produce pest-killing proteins. With both types of bundled genes it’s like bundling your TV, Internet, and phone services together. And don’t we all know that’s a real good deal? So is bundling just as a good deal for the development of GMO in our food chain?
The stacked and bundled corn provides better yields per acre 171 bushels Vs 134 without GMO. So the argument goes–we can fight world wide hunger better with GMO. Yet what if there comes about some yet undiscovered health issue because of GMO?
No body really knows if there are any human side effects of long term eating of GMO produced foods. They haven’t been in the market place long enough to be able to tell. After all only time will certainly tell, along with some recent peeking into pandora!s box–scientists are discovering the war with natures negative attributes on farming for high yielded crops is far from over. There are indications that pests are evolving resistances to these tactics already, despite how little of time they’ve been in the market place.
Nature has this evolution / whole adaption thing down cold. The question that remains, are we as humans evolving…..and if so, is it for the better?
When it comes to my health, I feel being proactive is more a natural thing to do than having to be reactive to some future GMO health related yet unknown human health issue. Or maybe, I’ve just seen to many horror movies. When it comes to little shocks of horror, I prefer those kinds of horrors to remain in my chosen entertainments, instead of some horrific future health evolved reality created wholly from some fools paradise.
Are you ready for some BBQ and corn on the cob anyone?