Monday, January 14, 2013
Frankenfruit: The Real Issues with GMO... PART TWO
GMOs are inherently risky, no one can escape it since they concern daily food and the immediate environment. We must all consider whether we want to embrace this food source. Europe has been reluctant to cultivate this potentially dangerous crop but around the world the use of GM is on the increase.
In the US to create a GM-free label on a packet of cookie, a farmer would have to trace the chickens that provided the egg yolks, the grain used in the alcohol that carries the vanilla extract and the soy lecithin used as an emulsifier for the chocolate chips. All of this is great expense to the farmer in a country that has whole heartedly embraced GM produce.
The real problem with GM for me is that it fails to address issues of how we consume in the world. We need to educate people on how to farm and eat in a sustainable manner. We should not be jumping at quick fixes whilst continuing to ignore the larger problems. At the moment any risk taking with GM is wholly unjustified as it serves only the interests of the firms involved.
Biotechnology is a continuation of intensive farming practices and highly industrialized agriculture. This attitude towards farming is unsustainable and is damaging to our planet. Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing deterioration in the quality of the food that we produce. We need to address these issues rather than just sweeping more under the capitalist carpet.