While Monsanto and others, such as collaborating factory food farmers, have banded together to financially support an agenda of using you and your children as experimental lab mice for their GMO “food,” this does not make GMO a bad word or a bad idea.
The value of GMO organisms to humanity might just be proven in the coming years if transparency, honesty and the Nations of Earth as a consensus are part of the process. All of humanity on Earth deserve a voice in what if ANYTHING GMO is released into our environment and even more so if it is into our food supply!
However, Monstanto and its financial partners need you to experiment on and so they work to deny you access to information that will let you chose between GMO and NATURAL food. The spend millions to fight your right’s to GMO labeling of food in the marketplace.
They in essence treat you like the humans caged for experimental purposes in Planet Of The Apes; they make you into experimental lab rats for their experimental GMO foods! This is far from transparency.
I am NOT for GMO food, I do not believe it is safe for humans or the environment! The Monsanto products are especially horrific as the are bred to produce toxins and tolerate toxins (pesticide) that Monsanto manufactures and evidence clearly shows are dangerous to humans and the environment.
On the other hand there can be benefits from GMO organisms that the Earth’s people can agree upon if produced with transparency and careful research and development controls. What kind of products might be of benefit?
Well considering that an estimated 3/4 of a million people die each year from mosquito bites, wiping out mosquitoes without poisoning the environment with toxic chemicals might be a good plan! Or even better, creating GMO mosquitoes that are revolted by the scent of human bodies (less impact on an environment whose complexity we cannot hope to understand, currently. Is anyone working in this direction? One company is and that is Oxitec however their approach is not without concerns and conflict.
Director of GeneWatch UK, Dr Helen Wallace, said: ‘Local people should be aware that releasing large numbers of GM mosquitoes can pose risks to their health and the environment. ‘They also need to know who will be liable if anything goes wrong. Will Oxitec take responsibility for any problems, or just walk away?’ GeneWatch said changes could be introduced into the wild population which means the Dengue Fever they spread might become more dangerous to humans. It claims that if the numbers of one type of mosquito – Aedes aegypti – is reduced as result of the release of GM versions, others, such as the Asian Tiger mosquito, which also carry the virus, could come in and thrive. Gene Watch also claims that there is no evidence from experiments conducted to date that human cases of Dengue Fever fall as a result of releasing the GM insects.
The future benefits or tragedies of GMO organisms remains shrouded in mystery. The complexity involved in predicting the benefits or dangers of releasing GMO organisms into something as complex as our environment is currently beyond the comprehension of humanity. At first glance Oxitec’s plans to sterilize dangerous mosquitoes seems sensible; however, GeneWatch’s Helen Wallace’s comments also have merits! Destabilizing one species might enable an even more dangerous species!
This is why transparency is so needed. It will promote open debate and discussion that may provide enough of an answer to make the risks worth the benefits. This would especially be true if unexpected damages an be reversed and those seeking to profit from this technology are willing to take Personal Liability as well as insurance to repay those harmed against unforeseen consequences. Look no further than the environmental damage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Genetic Literacy Project is supposed to be such an enlightened institution for GMO education and transparency. However when you dig deeper it certainly appears that the huge monetary clout of the big GMO industry may have its tentacles in the door of integrity and the Genetic Literacy Project may not be transparent at all. Mother Jones magazine has an interesting story in this regard so here in the story “The Making of an Agribusiness Apologist.”
In the recent Superman sci-fi movie, survivors of Krypton come to Earth intending to terraform Earth into a planet for Krypton’s beings to live on. In the process, humanity would be obliterated. Releasing a truly dangerous GMO organism into the Earth’s environment has potentially similar dangers and one that we might not be able combat. There is a great deal of need for debate and world wide cooperation in the establishment of transparent multinational institution, like the UN was supposed to become, whose sole purpose is to protect our fragile world from the financial greed that lurks behind the potentially great technologies that science has served up.