This rap (shared by Joe Hanson of “It’s Okay To Be Smart) should communicate my informed opinion on GMO’s.
Petroleum companies (otherwise known as “big oil corporations”) are paying large sums of money to fund advertising campaigns which communicate their “clean coal” and “clean energy” (like natural gas) to the general public (otherwise known as “consumers”). Well, those same corporations are also funneling large sums of “dark money” to special interest groups which support the climate change denial movement.
Although the anti-GMO movement isn’t exactly in the position to financially swarm everyone with their campaign activism, the scare-tactics which have been implemented by anti-GMO activists are noticeable and effective amidst a generally scientifically illiterate population.
Monsanto is a big corporation. Monsanto implements GMO’s amongst a laundry list of products sold by a certain lot of companies in which the so called “super-seeds” Monsanto produces are sold to farmers who grow the ingredients these companies use.
Because Monsanto — being a mastodon of an agricultural corporation — has a Comcast/Verizon-like monopoly on the food and farming industry, their herbicide ‘Roundup’ came under fire when the weed-killer was defied by super weeds, invasive species, and insect pests began to evolve a resistance to the GMO crops. Obviously, this does not point a bad finger at GMO’s…it just shows us that nature is smarter than we, and we’re going to have to keep plugging at this whole bio-engineering thing (or alternative options) because the reason we are even producing “super crops” is due to — oh so ironically — human induced climate change.
So if we wish to feed the growing 7+ billion human residents on this planet, GMO’s are the way to go, because we’re genetically modifying them to grow in areas of the world never thought possible (P.S., that’s a great thing for space exploration and human expansion upon other worlds).
We’re still figuring out the best way to truly go about this, but what’s for certain is the science. And there is no scientific evidence that GMO’s pose a risk. The problem is the economic system we have had in place amidst the time we’ve altered our climate, the landscape, and forced our own species to become reliant on big corporations all for the sake of money…which is funny…I don’t recall I’m familiar with what money tastes like….maybe we should focus less on profit and more on people, eh?
I’ve repeated this quote from Carl Sagan so many times, but I’ll say it again because it applies to this as well…
"We live in society fully dependent on science and technology, whereby nobody understands science and technology…this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is sooner or later going to blow up in our faces."
It’s obviously difficult to trust a government which on one hand wants you to “eat healthy” and buy these certain brands of food from the companies who have the right amount of money to advertise to you the way it’s always been done, and in a way that makes you feel like you’re doing something right. I mean, they have your (our) best interests in mind. Right? That becomes harder to believe when you are then flooded with advertisements for liquor and soda. But what about diabetes? And aren’t alcohol-related deaths the highest they’ve ever been? It becomes tricky to just “go along with things” the way they’ve always been done…especially when they fly in the face of…you know, your survival.
Healthy skepticism is important. Practicing critical thinking every day is essential. But difficult, in the dark sea of industry and economics, fueled by promotional advertising while being bolstered by the pillars of capitalism.
It’s no wonder there’s such skepticism about skepticism.
Read this blog post comparing the anti-GMO movement and Creationists…it should drive all this home pretty clearly.