Real quick, raise your hand if you have seen Jurassic Park.
Remember when the scientists took the D.N.A. of African Bullfrogs, then spliced it into the DNA of the dinosaur blood? Pretty incredible results right — I mean they made dinosaurs — That’s pretty flippin’ cool!
But, wait — what happened at the end? The dinosaurs evolved from being all females to prevent procreation, to having the ability to make babies through some evolutionary magic. Thus, posing a threat to their current ecosystem. What would happen if a stegosaurus found a way to mate with a crocodile; or a T-rex found a way to mate with a Killer Whale; or what if Dr. Alan Grant’s theory about the velociraptors being evolved from birds was right, and they mated with a turkey? But, even scarier than thinking about new mutant life forms, is the the fact that in the end, the dinosaurs killed a lot of people. Jurassic Park created a living being, that was completely unpredictable. They did not preform the necessary tests to know all of the consequences.
Now, let’s think about our food. According to the nongmoproject.org website, more than 80% of American grocery stores carry food with some sort of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). The scenes from Jurassic Park explain GMOs in a nutshell. Even though the Missouri based company Monsanto had well being in mind when they created the first GMO, it seems the experiments were done in haste. GMOs are posing problems and people have the right to know if what they are eating is beneficial or not.
Tampering with our food’s genetic makeup is posing a risk to the ecosystem, to organic farmers, and to the people consuming the food. GMOs are still a new experiment. They have not gone through a proper testing faze, we don’t know the consequences, yet.
Genetically modified pollen can spread to non-genetically modified plants to create a new hybrid plant. This includes weeds — it could essentially cause a mutant, weather resistant, pesticide resistant, super weed, that is toxic to animals and insects. In fact, if we look at the declining bumble bee population, that seems to be exactly what is happening.
The spreading of pollen is not just detrimental to animals and insects, it affects organic farmers, or farmers that don’t use genetically modified seeds as well. If their fields are cross pollinated — contaminated — by genetically modified plants, they could be fined for patent infringement. If you don’t believe me, look in to the 1998 Percy Schmeiser case.
Even worse still, we are eating this possibly dangerous food. Most of the time unknowingly. We deserve to know if what we are eating is going to be problematic. If we can’t ban them, let’s at least label them.
You can buy organic products in an effort to avoid consuming GMOs. Theoretically, organic products will not come from GMO materials — unless, of course, that pesky cross contamination thing happened with out the organic farmer’s knowledge. So, to remedy that problem you can go to nongmoproject.org to get a list of products that have been put through a testing process to be certain the product was not made with any GMO. Or you can look for their label.
We have the right to know what we are eating. We are not a science experiment and we don’t need mutant plants destroying the ecosystem.
*I don’t own rights to the non-gmo project label. Please don’t sue me.*