Commentary: GMOs: How do I hate thee?
7). There are better ways to feed the world. I don’t mean to be snarky, but: Such as? Let’s hear them, and I’m not referring to the usual geo-political rant about “better distribution of food among haves and have-nots,” or “if we’d just stop eating meat, all that corn could feed the entire developing world.” Such statements dismiss economic realities and ignore the most promising way to leverage food security: Ramping up food production across Africa. If farming in the areas of Africa—and we’re not talking about mowing down rainforests or somehow irrigating the Sahara Desert—where agriculture is prominent could even be approach North America productivity, the world’s food crisis would be well on the way to being solved. And one way to shortcut that process is biotech crops that can survive in semi-arid climates and produce in poor soils.
6). Other farm technologies are more successful. Here, the Food Consumer people reference “Integrated Pest Management and organic methods (?) of controlling pests” as alternatives to pesticide use.
5). GM foods have not been shown to be safe to eat. Yeah, we need another 20 years of people consuming genetically modified corn, soy and other crops by the trainload before we can have any assurance that these foods aren’t going to cause the people who eat them to drop dead on the spot. Please.
4). People don’t want GM foods, so they’re hidden in animal foods. You could make the argument that most of the ingredients are “hidden” in animal foods, although the labeling’s right there if you care to check out Fluffy or Fido’s bag of kibbles. As for feeding livestock, since virtually everyone raising food animals wants them to be healthy and productive, if the feed rations fed to cattle, pigs and chickens actually were repositories for “dumping” GMO ingredients—and they adversely affected the livestock that consumed them—the suppliers of such chow would be out of business overnight. Farmers and producers aren’t stupid. They buy feed to grow their animals, and if the formulations aren’t working, they switch to something else. Period.
3). GM crops are a long-term economic disaster for farmers. Get serious. Farmers don’t make these decisions on which sees to buy or which crops to grow at the expense of their farmland. They not about to willfully destroy the source of their livelihood, and liely that of their children and generations to come. Let’s give them minimal credit for being smart enough to make economic decisions without the “input” of anti-GMO activists who’ve never so much as harvested an ear of corn in their lives.
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