Are GMOs Bad?
These are my thoughts. I’m not here to prove anything, I don’t have a bunch of scientific research, facts, or papers that “prove” my opinions. Some of my closest friends say I’m too critical. (as if that’s a bad thing) I am critical. I look at the world as a critic. I’ve always been a skeptic of sorts. One of my colleagues, with tongue-in-cheek, tells me I need to stop asking “why?” so much, because it usually results in more work. I can’t help it. I need things to make sense in my world.
Are People Who Are Against GMOs Stupid?
While listening to a local conservative morning radio show the other day, “they” were discussing a proposed bill regarding GMO labeling. Rather than discuss the merits or flaws of the bill, the show hosts chose to hail the goodness of GMOs by making claims without any substantiation. They proceeded to rip into the organic food movement, and equated anyone with those leanings to be idiots, lefties, liberals, socialists, and hippies. Hmmmmm, I thought. Why don’t I fit into any mold? I’m not a leftie, a liberal, a socialist, or an idiot. In discussing this with my son, he called me a classical liberal.
Not familiar with the term, I did some research and found that Classical Liberalism closely defines my politics and my philosophy. Read this article by Allen West to get a deeper insight into Classical Liberalism. It’s not libertarian, it’s not republican, and it has nothing in common with today’s modern liberalism an progressivism. I have never voted for a democrat. I think Hilary is evil and if she died today, she’d go to Hell and unseat Satan. Bernie is a clueless, out of touch old man. The Republicans are spineless cowardly relics with no soul. So, aside from totally alienating me with their rant, those morning radio show hosts got me to thinking. I thought about how naive, gullible, hypocritical and off the rails they, and most “republicans” are.
Briefly, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants and/or animals that have been fundamentally changed at the cellular level. An example is RoundUp ready seeds. These are seeds that have glyphosate, which is the ingredient in RoundUp, introduced into the DNA of the seed. GMOs are a new phenomenon within the past couple of generations. It’s too early to prove their safety because they haven’t been around long enough. Also, because of the partnership of the Government and Monsanto, any research into the unintended consequences by the FDA is likely to be biased, or at the very least, questionable. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t drink RoundUp. Why would I want it as part of the DNA of the food I eat?
The FDA, the government, and Monsanto all say that GMOs are safe. This is the same government that said DDT and saccharine are safe and eggs (cholesterol) are bad. My question is this: why do so many countries ban the import of American food? Japan, New Zealand, Germany, France, even Russia, will not import our GMOs. Have we ever asked why? Do they know something that we don’t know?
The outwardly Republican radio talk show hosts are total hypocrits. They hail small government out of the left side of their mouth while promoting the expansion of big government out of the right side: Big Agri, Big Pharma, Big Food all are bed partners with the government and most don’t have a clue into the corruption involved. Control the food supply and you control the people. The FDA is one of the most corrupt agencies within the federal government. The FDA says that GMOs are okay and they believe it.
Do I have proof that GMOs are bad and that organic is good? No. But I ask these questions: Why do we have more diagnoses of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer’s, autism, asthma, autoimmune disease, ADHD, anxiety and mental health disorders than we have ever had in the history of the world? Why are children as young as 10 being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, an “old person’s” disease? Why are we vaccinating our kids 413% more now than in 1950, yet our kids are sicker and vaccinated people still get measles and whooping cough and influenza? Why is it that we know more about nutrition than any time in history, but we’re fatter than we’ve ever been? Why are there 47 million people worldwide living with Alzheimers, and why is that number expected double every 20 years? We use more chemicals on our food than ever before, we take more medications than ever before, we have more processed foods than ever before, we inject ourselves with more vaccinations than ever, we are exposed to more radiation than ever through microwave ovens, cell phones, computers, and power lines, we drink chemically treated water, we cook in plastic and teflon, we drink water from plastic bottles, we store our food in plastic containers, we have a separate cleaning product for everything under the sun, we have more food choices than ever, with shelf lives that virtually never expire. We have all this stuff, all these “good for us” things available, yet we are sicker, we are fatter, we are infected with diseases that were never heard of a generation or two ago.
I don’t have all the answers, and I have nothing to prove. I’m just a simple person trying to navigate this this thing we call life. I have a healthy curiosity and I think that we are poisoning ourselves. We are bombarding our bodies with a multitude of toxins. There is no way avoid all toxins. If that were my goal, I might as well just curl up and die, because it would be impossible. But——-I believe it is possible to reduce our exposure. It’s pretty easy, actually. Just think back 50-100 years ago, and compare to life today. The immunization schedule included 6-8 vaccines, there was no high fructose corn
syrup, no canola oil, no GMO foods, no microwave ovens, very little plastic food packaging, less radiation, fewer chemical cleaners, a fraction of the medications, people were less sedentary, and kids played outside and prescription drugs weren’t advertised on TV. Life was simpler. That’s not to say I don’t love modern times: I do. I love technology and I love innovation. But all those things can have unintended consequences. So, I think critically about how I live. And I think we are slowly killing ourselves by poison. I choose not to.
More to come about how I’m reducing my toxic load…