31 Jan Farmers vs Monsanto – Support Local Tuesday
Food, Inc – watching this movie for the first time brought to light many things regarding our food supply. Since then many more documentaries and books have come out and I believe have brought to light more and more faults with the way our farmers are treated, the effects mass production has on quality of products as well as quality of life. One of the big issues most often discussed are the patented GMO seeds, by the leading producer of such seeds, Monsanto. What is the problem with GMO seeds you say?
Genetically modified foods (GM foods or GMO foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. These techniques are much more precise than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding; plant breeding, and animal breeding, and soma-clonal variation.
-taken from Wikipedia
Monsanto says these genetically modified products are safe, but do we really know for sure? If you care to read more on the scientific side of it, please refer to one such study. Personally, the idea sort of grosses me out. Why can’t we just grow natural varieties of plants and enjoy the natural benefits rather than creating this “frankenfood?”Monsanto has responded to the many criticisms that have come about from Food, Inc. on their website. To be fair, we should hear both sides of the story. I already know where I stand, and will let you find out for yourself.
Today, January 31st, family farmers are taking part in a court case that will protect farmers from the GMO seeds from Monsanto. Even if they choose not to purchase those seeds, and want to maintain a non GMO or organic parcel of land, sometimes their land can be contaminated by the neighboring GMO parcel purely by runoff or the wind to carry stray seeds.