January 29, 2008
The clementine, the mule, the liger...all fascinating feats of genetic recombinations! They've even tried combining a strawberry with an artic flounder to produce a berry more capable of surviving frost. (Didn't work. Shucks.)
But by and large, the most widespread use of genetic twister games are happening in crops to be able to withstand pesticides. Makes sense, right? Farmers who buy genetically modified seeds from the biotech giants can buy corresponding high-powered pesticides (from the same biotech company, which is good business sense) that will kill everything AROUND their crops, but leave the crops themselves unharmed. In addition to questionable food quality, this technique encourages irresponsible use of pesticides. Why not give the field any extra-heavy spray if it won't hurt the crops you're selling? Who cares about the runoff into the water supply? Or the chemicals that make their way to Americans' dinner plates? And genetically modified foods are surely safe...right?
There are more acres of genetically engineered soybeans than any other crop. Corn comes next. That's your tofu, soy milk, soy oil, lecithin emulsifiers, corn oil, corn syrup, corn starch, corn flour, etc. found in foods you likely eat every day.
The government certainly doesn't require food to be labeled if it contains GMO/GEO (Genetically Modified/Engineered Organisms) so look instead for "Non-GMO" labels. Buying organic corn or soy means it was grown without pesticides so you are probably safe there too.
Jeez! Who knew? I didn't until I read The Food Revolution by John Robbins, which is where the info all comes from. He's got it all footnoted and cross referenced so check it out.