If we can’t beat Big Ag and the Triumverate of Evil then we need to at least force them to label food made with GMO crops. Clearly there is still a lot of scientific study to be done to determine the ramifications of fucking with nature. In the meantime let the marketplace decide if it wants to eat food made with Franken seeds.
Apocalyptic predictions aside, we need to look at what the known and quantifiable harms of GMO dominated agriculture in the US are. Regardless of the pros and cons of the modified seeds themselves, their widespread use has changed how we farm and what chemicals we use in the process. These things have known and quantifiable harms to both the environment and human health.
Unfortunately the GMO debate is framed by the side with the most money: Big Ag. Just as with health care we are arguing about the wrong things.
- We argue about the evidence or lack thereof that GMO seeds are harmful to humans.
- We don’t argue about the right of the people to know what they are eating and make choices based upon that.
- We argue about what constitutes a genetically modified organism.
- We don’t argue about the changes in farming GMO’s have brought about such as increased pesticide use and what other chemicals make there way into the crops.
- We argue that humans have been genetically modifying food crops since we began cultivating them.
- We don’t argue whether this proves that continued industrial scale modification is safe. (The answer is the same as it is in the stock market: past performance doesn’t predict future returns.)
- We argue about whether or not recent modifications are necessary to preserve the food supply (or more correctly profits) in the US.
- We don’t argue about whether or not labeling in Europe has caused a crisis in their food supply.
We have a classic case of an industry crying foul when the public wants more regulation. We can’t let industry dictate terms to the people.
If there is nothing harmful about GMO food crops then where is the harm in labeling them as such?