Monsanto and Company

GMO and You

What happens if you splice a Fish gene into a tomato?

You could get a prettier Tomato.

Or you might just get a red herring.

Genetic engineering is the kind of issue which divides people into two camps, pro or con. Unfortunately, the subtleties of the problem are too complex, the borders too blurred and the outcomes too vague for any one to come easily to a conclusion. It’s both a health question and a taste question. But really, those are minor concerns. After all if it’s not healthy, we can do research, and we can reject it. If it doesn’t taste good, we can also reject it. But if we’re not allowed even to know what it is…there’s got to be a reason. National Security perhaps.

Control the food, and you control the people.

~Henry Kissinger 1971

If we lose control over the essence of our food supply, the genetic basis of our foods, then we lose our basic right to eat what we choose. This right is already being infringed, but the mechanics of the manipulation are so arcane that few have to make hard choices.

It’s not hard to fool most of the people, most of the time.

So if you’re feeling like adopting a cause, it’s fine to care about the many potential problems associated with genetically modifying our foods. But it’s essential that the conversation be out in the open, that the science is not done by those who might profit from it, and that basic freedoms are not lost to fear, greed, or apathy.


When you’re told you can’t have it, be skeptical

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. Quoted by Michael Pollan in his article “Playing God in the Garden”, New York Times Sunday Magazine, October 25, 1998

But of course, we don’t need Government, do we?

Labelling of GMO Foods

There’s really only one practical answer to this, and that is to ask, if this was a good thingĀ  would there be controversy?


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