Without genetically engineered food (which grows faster, bigger and is more resilient) billions of people would have died of starvation all over the world.
It is one thing to have the opportunity to spend the money on certified organic foods, but it is blind ignorance to say that genetically engineered food is wrong.
In addition to the obvious people not dying of starvation benefit, GM crops helps increase things like cotton yields which cloth the people who are alive thanks to GM foods.
To take a quotation from the Wikipedia page on the subject:
A 2008 review published by the Royal Society of Medicine noted that GM foods have been eaten by millions of people worldwide for over 15 years, with no reports of ill effects. Similarly a 2004 report from the US National Academies of Sciences stated: “To date, no adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been documented in the human population.” The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 2010 report on GMOs noted that “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”
I fully understand the desire to stay away from these types of crops, much like how people fear getting vaccines because they think it is safer without them. But for the rest of us who have scientifically backed opinions and are not influenced by fear mongering interest groups I will continue to eat the safe foods that my low income can afford.
Hi, Jason. I just saw this cartoon as amusing, not as a dig at genetically engineered food. I appreciate your comments and hope others join in as well!
In that case….ignore the aforementioned rant.
Rants are welcomed! And you raise many good points. Thanks.
In case you havn’t heard, heres a few reasons why Genetically Modified Foods are BAD:
1. The loss of biodiversity in the ecosystem
2. increase in food allergies
3. increase in birth defects and shorter life spans
4. GMOs have reduced effectiveness of pesticides, causing plants to become resistant to pesticides.
5. UNKNOWN effects on human health
7. GMO Seeds contaminate organic seeds, one day, all plants will be genetically engineered through cross pollination.
8. government controls what we eat
9. less nutrients
10. Causes CANCER and other diseases
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