Here’s an excerpt from a recent National Post report by Meghan Telpner, titled “Making Love in the Kitchen: Pass Me The Genetically Altered Corn Please”:
“Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based nutritionist and holistic lifestyle consultant. Her Making Love In The Kitchen video series will bring you tips on how to prepare healthful, nutritious goodness from whole foods. Visit her site for more love.
Last weekend, I attended Your Food, Your Choice: Grounds For Change conference put on by the Canadian Organic Growers where the theme of the day was simply to say no to GMO.
I already say no to GMO (genetically modified organisms), but I have felt that I didn’t have a clear way of explaining my views to others. The question that forever came up in conversations and which I could not answer appropriately was around the need for GMO technology to feed the hungry. The argument I always want to come back with is that GMOs for the starving simply offer a slower death. This, of course is not appropriate and all I could ever muster up the courage to say was that this is not a long-term solution.
Invariably it always came back to, “but what about the people who are hungry right now?”
I went to this conference wanting to have this question answered. Keep on with me as I break this GMO issue down for you.
GMO promised the farmers many things. It promised them higher yields, less pesticides and to be completely safe for human consumption. So far, none of these have been proven true. The yields have been lower and pesticides use has increase. Whether it is safe for human consumption would be very hard to say. The fact is that there very few countries who fight to have GMO crops grown and consumed, US and Canada seemingly leading that charge. Curiously, I might like to ask why, if they are so safe, are the other countries not only refusing to grow it, but doing their darndest to keep GMO contamination out of their fields, and food supply. If it is so perfectly safe, why isn’t it accepted globally?
Something else to consider is the type of GMO crops being grown. We know that our flax crops have recently been contaminated but outside of that, 99% of the GMO crops are corn, soya, cotton, and canola. These crops, my sweet natural food eaters, are not food. These are crops that go to feed the massive amounts of animals we eat, get processed into our cheap ‘vegetable oil’, and get turned into the bulk of our processed diets. GMO crops currently being grown are limited to four industrial crops, none of which are for direct human consumption, let alone, feeding the hungry. These crops are going towards feeding us, the people of North America who are vastly overfed and sadly, severely undernourished….”
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