Hell No, GMO?

Hell No, GMO?

Adrienne BoettingerWednesday,29 January 2014

The Snap:

With New Year’s Resolutions failing left and right, I’ve come up with a solution that will make me gazillions of dollars. I’m coining this fail-safe weight-loss plan called the Guilt Diet. It won’t work for everyone but for those most susceptible to guilt (Catholics, Jews, only children, etc.), my patented Guilt Diet will melt the pounds off more quickly than you can say “was this chicken free-range?” I won’t give you all the details now (send me 5 easy installments of $99.95 first) but it mainly involves you telling me what you like to eat and me telling you how it is evil and/or bad for you.

The Download:

If you research most companies these days, you’ll be unable to buy from them without feeling awful about the sweatshop labor they employ, environmental damage they do, and how the products they sell you will likely kill you and your families. Although it pains me, I continue to deprive myself of the world’s most delicious waffle fries because I don’t like how a certain company uses its profits to fund hate groups. My grocery bill is inflated by my desire to buy fair-trade, hormone-free, pesticide-free, free-range and other lefty words for expensive. But what about GMOs?

GMOs aren’t the opposite of OMG (as in, “OMG, my BFF has me ROTFL! #YOLO #ANNOYINGHASHTAG! #ICANTSPELL!”). GMO stands for genetically modified organisms; they occur when an organism’s genetic material is changed by genetic engineering techniques. Switzerland, Australia, Russia and many other countries partially or totally ban GMOs.

GMOs sound awful. They conjure up images of not-intended-by-nature food, rats with tumors the size of minivans on the sides of their heads, cows with green udders, etc. Plus, lobbying groups have spent crazyass amounts of money in state elections and ballot measures to make sure GMOs stay on American grocery shelves, so GMOs have got to be evil, right?

The problem is not enough research has been done to determine if GMOs are evil or bad for us. We don’t really know much about GMOs. Some anti-GMO groups use this ignorance to freak us out and though I’m no fan of most of the corporations working behind the scenes to keep our diets chock-full-of-GMOs, I’m also not a fan of using lies and supposition to create a culture of fear.

But why the hell are corporations opposed to actually being transparent in labeling the food we eat and feed our loved ones? If GMOs are as harmless as they maintain, why shouldn’t we be allowed to know when that corn we eat is genetically modified? P.S. If you’re eating corn or soy in the United States, the odds are it is genetically modified.

Plus the more we know about a food the less likely we are to eat it, thus contributing to the miraculous weight-loss solution that will enable me to quit my job and lie around on a blanket of money eating fair-trade chocolates and drinking organic wine. Problem solved!

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Hat Tips:

Food PoliticsRefinery 29Organic AuthorityNew York TimesNPRWashington PostNational GeographicABC News, Image Credit: Flickr

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