You Can’t Avoid Genetically Engineered Foods

No matter how hard you try to avoid “food” that nature never intended, the U.S. government has made it almost impossible for its citizens to stay GM-free. Three more genetically engineered crops were approved in the last month alone. AP/USA Today tells the sorry story:

You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway.

Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients.

USA. Genetically engineered crops timeline

The Agriculture Department has approved three more genetically engineered crops in the past month, and the Food and Drug Administration could approve fast-growing genetically modified salmon for human consumption this year.

Agribusiness and the seed companies say their products help boost crop production, lower prices at the grocery store and feed the world, particularly in developing countries. The FDA and USDA say the engineered foods they’ve approved are safe — so safe, they don’t even need to be labeled as such — and can’t be significantly distinguished from conventional varieties.

Organic food companies, chefs and consumer groups have stepped up their efforts — so far, unsuccessfully — to get the government to exercise more oversight of engineered foods, arguing the seeds are floating from field to field and contaminating pure crops. The groups have been bolstered by a growing network of consumers who are wary of processed and modified foods.

Many of these opponents acknowledge that there isn’t much solid evidence showing genetically modified foods are somehow dangerous or unhealthy. It just doesn’t seem right, they say. It’s an ethical issue.

“If you mess with nature there’s a side effect somewhere,” says George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, the nation’s largest organic farming cooperative, which had more than $600 million in sales last year. “There is a growing awareness that our system makes us all guinea pigs of sorts.”…

[continues at AP/USA Today]

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  • Rex Vestri

    FUCK YOU Monsanto!

  • Rex Vestri

    FUCK YOU Monsanto!

  • Gasface

    And fuck the governments that allow this shit to happen.

    • mpanthera

      The US government, by the Corporations, for the Corporations, promoting Corporate welfare..

  • Gasface

    And fuck the governments that allow this shit to happen.

  • Anonymous

    The US government, by the Corporations, for the Corporations, promoting Corporate welfare..

  • http://bluetwothree.blogspot.com cybergabi

    It’s a crying shame.

  • http://bluetwothree.blogspot.com cybergabi

    It’s a crying shame.

  • MoralDrift

    The [(Post)Post] modern mans struggle, pervasive alteration or alienation from nature itself threatens his health and purpose

  • Anonymous

    The [(Post)Post] modern mans struggle, pervasive alteration or alienation from nature itself threatens his health and purpose

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It really isn’t fear of science for me. It isn’t distrust in the general sense of the word. They may have many neatly pigeonholed ‘POVs’ that opposition is supposed to come from…and I should fall neatly into one of those categories. But I don’t.

    What engenders the deep and abiding rage in me…is the absence of an option. It has been dictated for me…that the foods available to me will be grown and prepared in a way that I have no voice in…and that the types of food I choose to eat will take enormous effort to learn the history of…because that history is so unpalatable that no one would choose it if they knew what they were eating. No matter how often people have passively decreed that they desire their food to be left largely alone…no heed has been paid. We are expected to simply become comfortable with it and just eat it…because we’re already eating it and since we aren’t dead it must be fine.

    I don’t ascribe to end of the world scenarios…I just love food. Its infinite variety and subtle complexities thrill me. A world of mass produced, single source, mono crops is not a world I asked for…or a world that I see as a happy one. Nature can produce, without assistance, an incredible bounty of foods that delight the palate on every level. Corporate interests invest millions and even billions of dollars, employ armies of scientists and technicians, pour fortunes into packaging and advertising and branding…

    …and after all that money and all that effort…they actually produce a product that can’t stand up to its natural competitor in quality or safety. So much effort…for nothing. Less than nothing…worse than what you started with.

    For the dismissers who argue on behalf of the safety of this garbage…my answer is just this: It isn’t about safety…its that you blew a mint recreating the wheel…and you couldn’t get ’round’ right. Stop f*cking with what already works until it breaks…just to prove you can fix it or provide an acceptable alternative. We don’t want an acceptable alternative…we just want you to not kill off the original and replace it with the low-rent substitutes that will be left.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It really isn’t fear of science for me. It isn’t distrust in the general sense of the word. They may have many neatly pigeonholed ‘POVs’ that opposition is supposed to come from…and I should fall neatly into one of those categories. But I don’t.

    What engenders the deep and abiding rage in me…is the absence of an option. It has been dictated for me…that the foods available to me will be grown and prepared in a way that I have no voice in…and that the types of food I choose to eat will take enormous effort to learn the history of…because that history is so unpalatable that no one would choose it if they knew what they were eating. No matter how often people have passively decreed that they desire their food to be left largely alone…no heed has been paid. We are expected to simply become comfortable with it and just eat it…because we’re already eating it and since we aren’t dead it must be fine.

    I don’t ascribe to end of the world scenarios…I just love food. Its infinite variety and subtle complexities thrill me. A world of mass produced, single source, mono crops is not a world I asked for…or a world that I see as a happy one. Nature can produce, without assistance, an incredible bounty of foods that delight the palate on every level. Corporate interests invest millions and even billions of dollars, employ armies of scientists and technicians, pour fortunes into packaging and advertising and branding…

    …and after all that money and all that effort…they actually produce a product that can’t stand up to its natural competitor in quality or safety. So much effort…for nothing. Less than nothing…worse than what you started with.

    For the dismissers who argue on behalf of the safety of this garbage…my answer is just this: It isn’t about safety…its that you blew a mint recreating the wheel…and you couldn’t get ’round’ right. Stop f*cking with what already works until it breaks…just to prove you can fix it or provide an acceptable alternative. We don’t want an acceptable alternative…we just want you to not kill off the original and replace it with the low-rent substitutes that will be left.

  • Guest

    Sip chardonnay and munch canapés.
    Chuckle at commoners considered as cattle.
    Captains of rotten ships, sinking slow post battle,
    But earth is no ship and drown you will,
    Rats beside slaves, silent, equal and still.

    Despite ancient and modern knowledge,
    They know naught but to sow rotten seeds.
    Dead souls that give birth to evil deeds,
    Will end reaping all that was sown,
    Cast down masks so that you are known.

    Light is in all, from poet, to professor,
    Printed in book for all should be known.
    No climate Frankenstein or scientist of rot,
    Can change cycles that time never forgot,
    Yet you can change that which should be.

  • Anonymous

    Sip chardonnay and munch canapés.
    Chuckle at commoners considered as cattle.
    Captains of rotten ships, sinking slow post battle,
    But earth is no ship and drown you will,
    Rats beside slaves, silent, equal and still.

    Despite ancient and modern knowledge,
    They know naught but to sow rotten seeds.
    Dead souls that give birth to evil deeds,
    Will end reaping all that was sown,
    Cast down masks so that you are known.

    Light is in all, from poet, to professor,
    Printed in book for all should be known.
    No climate Frankenstein or scientist of rot,
    Can change cycles that time never forgot,
    Yet you can change that which should be.

  • zap_brannigan

    I know Ive already posted in a similiar topic. Was trying to infer something, but might as well just be out with it. People who grow hydroponically, I leave you with a challenge, to find untainted crop genetics (you know how). Then keep these in stasis through cloning or other methods, perhaps even creating IBLs from like sources. To what end? Well, time will reveal, because when the time is right, these genetics will be needed, nevermind corporate inundation, when the time is right, you will know…..

  • zap_brannigan

    I know Ive already posted in a similiar topic. Was trying to infer something, but might as well just be out with it. People who grow hydroponically, I leave you with a challenge, to find untainted crop genetics (you know how). Then keep these in stasis through cloning or other methods, perhaps even creating IBLs from like sources. To what end? Well, time will reveal, because when the time is right, these genetics will be needed, nevermind corporate inundation, when the time is right, you will know…..

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