As I’ve read the numerous comments about GMO food over the last couple of days, I’ve learned a lot. Perhaps the most prominent thing I’ve learned is that there is seemingly no end to the differing opinions, studies, web sites, and articles on both sides of the fence.
Clearly, this is a tremendously complicated subject that won’t be solved soon. For myself, I suspect there is little doubt that Monsanto is a typical example of a corporation that cares more about money than public welfare. But that’s the definition of a corporation, no sarcasm intended. They exist to make money and will do as much as a society or its government will allow. That seems to me to be a good reason for heavy regulation.
I am not, however, convinced that the scientific process of modifying the genes of plants for consumption as food is a bad thing in and of itself. Throughout history, humans have learned as much about plants and animals as possible and tinkered to improve them as much as possible. Every now and then something goes wrong but for the most part, we stick with what works and have created the world we currently live in. All of the plants we eat have been intentionally modified through history. It is said that their original forms were much less palatable than what we now enjoy. Also throughout history, people have been suspicious and condemning of new science and technology. It’s always scary to go somewhere you’ve never been before. But that natural fear is, to my mind, no reason to reject new technology outright as “evil” or “playing god.”
I’m enjoying the learning process, thanks so much to all of you who have provided (and will continue to provide) information and links.