Other than the obvious ways to avoid GM foods, which is partly what we
are about here, this is helpful information. Perhaps even the choir
may find it useful.
How to Buy Non-GM
"Buying non-GM not only helps address you and your family’s health
concerns, it also can influence the decisions of food manufacturers,
distributors, and retailers. Food manufacturers worldwide have switched
to non-GM ingredients to appeal to consumer demand--make a change or
lose the customer. We’re at the top of the food chain and we can move
What are the health concerns of eating GM food? Virtually every
domesticated plant or animal we consume has been genetically modified
in some way, through selective breeding if not more modern methods,
even those in your home garden. Regardless of the genetic makeup, it's
still water, carbs, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. There is
nothing more bizarre in GM foods than in so-called "natural" foods.
So far, the only reasonable objection to GM foods is their possible
impact on natural ecosystems; a super-wheat, for instance, that grows
wild and supplants all the grasslands of the midwest. That's a SF
scenario, however, and no more likely than a super plague a la "I Am
Legend." Other impacts may be less melodramatic.
I am not trying to start a war, but I haven't heard any genuine "health
concerns" with GM food. No known catastrophes have been reported
because of it, only hardier, increased crop yields, so I don't
understand the objection to it on those grounds.
Here's some of my work:
Michael Pollan, and others, might argue that the above premise is
lacking, your description of the make up of food.
If this is a reasonable objection, then based upon this possible
impact, lies enough reason, IMO, to *not* support the use of GM
What about the suspected effect upon bees and other beneficial insects?
Dangers from GM?
a decent overview from a link in the original post by Charlie at:
I can remember when industry was saying GM food would feed the world, but I
haven't seen it happen yet. What I have seen happen is foods that contain
more pesticide and herbicide residue because of engineering. Whether that's
a hazard or not will probably take some time to tell, and even then the
results of any long-term studies will most likely be watered down, or
obfuscated as per usual.
a different Charlie
My word, we seem to be overflowing with Charlies and Bills! Well met.
They who control the food, control the people it has oft been said.
Kissinger realized and proposed this several decades ago. GM and
patented seed helps realize this proposal, as the ability to produce
freely on a grand scale has been compromised and the farmer has been
reduced to the role of agent and producer for the agrigiants and
corpogov. The implications outlined in this plan are frightening.
This is another reason I keep hammering away at this subject of seed
diversity and open-pollinate seeds, to any one who will listen and to
those who don't want to listen
"Mandatory programs may be needed and we should be considering these
possibilities now, the document continued, adding, Would food be
considered an instrument of national power? ... Is the U.S. prepared to
accept food rationing to help people who can't/won't control their
We don't know yet. GM food has not been round long enough for any negative
health impacts to be seen. After perhaps 50 years or so, we might have
sufficient evidence to say one way or the other that it is or isn't a
problem. But even then we rely on the fact that testing needs to be done
and all I've read about testing of GM products suggest that right across the
board, the testing has either been woefully in adequate or not done at all.
either way, I don't want to be the guinea pig who proves that it is a
That is a spurious argument on two counts.
Firstly, genetic modification that comes from selective breeding is a
natural process. A gardener/farmer can move the best genes (and worst, thus
all the trialling that happens before a release of any new plant) from one
plant into a relative but it does not, and cannot, happen without the
Genetic modification known as GM, is trangenitc modification of a plant.
That means that a foreign, non-familial gene is moved from one organism into
another in a way that cannot ever possibly happen in nature.
Secondly, 'natural foods' are what we, as a species, have eaten for millenia
and from doing that we already know of certain allergies and problems that
can impact on us. Peanut allergy and coeliac disease are two such known
problems. With GM, genes from previously uneaten species can find their way
into the food chain of both the plants we eat and the animals we eat and the
animals that live with us. At this stage we already know that some of these
GM genes are already causing problems in the animals that live around us or
that we eat. If that doesn't ring alarm bells, then it should. See below.
Unfornuately it isn't really such an SF scenario. If you know of the
Schmeiser case in Canada then you would know that GM genes have already been
foudn where they shouldn't be. Farmers and consumers should be able to make
the choice about whether they eat or grow non GMO food and in the Canadian
case the GMO genes have already escaped to cause damage where they were not
Then you haven't really been looking to find any genuine information on it.
As just one example I could provide, try reading:
No known catastrophes have been reported
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