About Ed Dodge

Ed Dodge graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine with his MD degree in 1962. After earning his MPH degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1967, he was Assistant Professor at the Public Health College in Gondar, Ethiopia for two years. When he returned to the United States, much of his career was spent in Florida where he directed a local health department for a few years and was a family physician for many years. Now retired, Dodge volunteers as Visiting Adjunct Professor on Noncommunicable Diseases in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Africa University in Zimbabwe for one semester each academic year, a teaching experience that he enjoys. When not teaching at Africa University, Ed and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas.

GMO Apathy

by Ed Dodge, MD, MPH

Danger due to apahy

I’ve given a lot of thought to GMOs and the relative public apathy about them in our country. Many of our readers say that nobody in their family will comment on anything they say or posts about it. I’m having a similar experience in that the GMO/awareness postings on my Facebook page generate no comment whatsoever from family or friends, though most other postings do get some kind of reaction.

I’ve commented before that I sense there is a public uneasiness about the whole subject of GMOs that makes most of the public almost fearful of taking any kind of action or position regarding GMOs. There is a basic uneasiness about the idea of genetically modified foods, but there is also a widespread perception that they are approved by the powers that be (the government represented by the USDA and FDA,) and so these foods must be at least passably OK. Even though there is also a growing uneasiness about governmental actions in many areas, this does not seem to translate into questioning by the public about governmental decisions regarding biotechnology and genetically modified foods in particular. Continue reading