The GMO debate
As the debate rages on, one thing is for certain: the first casualty of the war has been the truth. While I respect the opinion of both sides in the debate, and count many of them—again on both sides—as friends, one thing that has been lacking is scientific proof.
We are repeatedly hearing of studies done in France and elsewhere around the world, but what is lacking in the reports is any proof of—well, anything. I have included, in these pages, articles written by folks who are on both sides of the issue. My reason for doing this is because readers should be informed. But, as I said, there is a sad lack of facts on both sides.
GMO backers cite USDA approval of certain seeds for use in the country. The anti-GMO folks cite other countries ban on such seeds as proof positive that they are harmful. Citing the study is not proof; facts from the study might be more supportive in helping the public understand the issue. For instance, one lady told me that studies have shown that the umbilical cords of newborns show toxins when the mother ate GMO foods. What she didn’t reveal is what the analysis of the cords from mothers who didn’t eat GMO foods showed. Without the two for comparison, it is not a scientific test and the results are meaningless. Could it be that one of the functions of the umbilical cord is to filter toxins so the baby is unharmed? We put enough toxins in our stomachs to kill babies, GMO or not.
By way of example, doctors will tell you that high cholesterol will cause strokes. What they don’t tell you is that 50% of all patients with strokes do not have high cholesterol. They do not tell you that cholesterol is both normal and natural within the human system. It is manufactured in the liver and is essential for human life.
None of this is meant to step on the toes of anyone because they are on one side of this issue or the other. It is intended to that everyone will “do their own research.” The issue of the GMO-free Jackson County will be decided in the May 2014 ballot. As usual, it behooves us to be as well informed as possible about such issues, especially when they will have a dramatic effect on agriculture within our living area.