Genetically Modified Food – Documentary


It’s Monday again, and it’s time for a documentary. I haven’t watched this one, but as a caveat, sometimes I worry that people have the wrong conception of science. Though it makes sense to worry about the healthfulness of what you eat, I do find that some people tend to go overboard without a true understanding of the issues at hand. To say that humans have not been “genetically modifying” their food in a certain sense, since agriculture and husbandry, would display a certain level of naiveté. After all, that’s the reason that all our crops haven’t blighted and all our animals haven’t died, on one hand, in regards to selective breeding. However, with all that said, I’m not trying to eat scientifically altered food without knowing whether or not it’s safe for me and my chil’lens. Either way, somebody let me know if this documentary is worth its salt, or I’ll watch it later tonight.

2 thoughts on “Genetically Modified Food – Documentary

  1. ‘The reason that all our crops haven’t blighted and all our animals haven’t died’ is because of selective breeding? Sorry ninja, but that just ain’t so. Sure, we’ve managed to grow some hardy crops and fine tasting ones too, but in the process we’ve increasingly relied on a smaller gene pool, making the fewer number of species remaining all the more vulnerable to pests and disease.
    So the solution is to genetically modify them so that they’ll tolerate being doused with chemical pesticides, that (surpise) are sold by the same company? What’s next, grass that only grows with Pepsi?
    Genetic Engineering is radically different from selective breeding, just look at the terminator gene for example, which results in crops that can’t reproduce so that farmers have to keep buying more seeds, and now it’s entering the DNA of traditional varieties through cross pollination.
    Sci-Fi author and super-ninja Bruce Sterling once said (something along the lines of) you don’t design a technology that doesn’t have an ‘OFF-SWITCH’, yet that’s precisely what we’re doing with GMOs.
    That said, I think GMOs may still have their place, perhaps in enclosed biospheres or on Mars. The keys to food security are biodiversity, localized distribution, and sharing the wealth of traditional knowledge that farmers have via the internet.

  2. great points risen my ninja – and arguably true. I do however know that similar things have happened without the use of genetic modification. There’s a lot of science that goes into keeping the food supply safe that goes beyond genetic diversity.

    although growing grass that only drinks pepsi, i see where you’re going here, is silly, I would argue that growing drought resistant crops/pollution resistant crops through the use of genetic modification is a justifiable cause where applicable.

    also, genetic modification does not necessarily preclude genetic diversity.

    it’s not that i’m advocating for gmo (and especially not cloning as you seem to suggest) – i’m just saying that i live in a non-ideal world where safety has to be the main concern. destructive to the environment = not safe…

    more to come! gracias por el comment!

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