For anyone who has accidentally fallen to popular media, here is a video outlining the truth about GMOs. I hope you’ll listen.
This isn’t like the ignorance of many idiotic debates; this issue is actually killing people right now. Someone died as you are reading these words because of the anti-GMO campaign. Coming from a nutrition background, I understand that we could damn near literally wipe the earth clean of malnutrition and starvation with GMOs. That is a pretty awesome proposition that would have had the entire world jumping with excitement just a couple decades ago. Now the idea of doing something “artificial”, whatever that means, instills fear and hatred. There is no defined line between natural and unnatural, however. If you define natural as independent of man, dogs and corn are “artificial” while morphine and botox still remain “natural”. In fact, rule out broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. Those are all artificial too. But marijuana is good to go because it grows in the ground. Curare, norovirus, E. coli, anthrax-all natural as well. Natural does not necessarily mean best or even good. Some of the most natural things are the most deadly while some of the most unnatural things have save billions of lives. Here are a few malnutrition diseases that could be entirely eliminated with GMOs:
Spina bifida and other neural tube defects
Vitamin A deficiency induced blindness
I hate looking at those pictures. It disgusts that these diseases are still occurring at all and the reality that they are widespread saddens me beyond belief. We have an economic and moral obligation to help end widespread malnutrition and starvation in the third world. They are the ones who are going to suffer most for our ignorance. If someone want to buy “natural” food, I am all for that freedom. But let’s not hold entire countries in poverty because of a general inability to adequately use Google to discover the truth.
Something Mark Lynas noted is that GMOs have not been shown by any scientifically validated research to cause disease in humans. Refusing GMOs and allowing malnutrition to run rampant, however, is causing measurable and visible disease that doesn’t need a double blind experiment or rats in a lab to see. What he was saying is that there is no debate. From an environmental and medicinal perspective, there is no question about research and implementation of GMOs. From an economic and political perspective, nearly all of the issues with GMOs stem from the propaganda fed to us through ignorant people without credentials or facts. I am all for regulation of GMOs alongside the strict control of pesticides and fertilizers. I am all for labels of GMO foods at the expense of the consumer. If someone wants to pay to label their product as non-GMO because it attracts myopic customers, I am all for that. The free market will allow for that and I imagine we’ll see an explosion of those labels soon just as we did with the organic movement.
But personally, I’m going to devour those GMOs. If I ever make a ridiculous amount of money, maybe I’ll even fund some GMO research to help do a part in saving the planet and ridding the world of starvation. Maybe I’ll even invest in labeling food as a GMO in order to attract the community who shares my hatred for starvation and widespread planet destruction. But at almost two in the morning, my power is limited to helping spread the truth about one of the greatest discoveries in the history of humanity.