“USDA has once again failed to protect the food supply from GE crop contamination,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety. “This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue. Congress needs to investigate how this occurred and the prevalence of contamination. Until then, USDA, at a minimum, should immediately place a moratorium on open-air field testing of genetically engineered crops.”
by Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety
“For those of us who have a true sense of wonder and love for the natural world, and a vision of a new relationship with it, that’s what we love.
And when we see the kind of horrific technological manipulation represented by biotechnology; when we see what it does to the bodies of salmon or the bodies of animals, or when we understand that they’ve somehow turned a corn plant into a poison for butterflies and caddisflies and potentially for bees; when we realize that they’ve actually changed the heredity of corn and soy so they can withstand ever more and more chemicals; when we see all that, it’s an assault on something that we love.
So we respond, not for the sake of attack, but because things that we value and love are being attacked. Anybody would feel that way with their child or pet or anything they care about.”
by Ed Dodge, MD, MPH
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