I am blasting this blog with links for now. I am searching for articles from different sources. Articles are listed oldest to newest. This helps me, Julie, sort everything out as I discover it. I know I’m only presenting one very emotionally charged side… the side of the wary consumer. It will not be within the scope of this blog to present the side of the Big Agri companies – as I’m quite certain they have a well armed and compensated legal team to defend their position. There probably is a valid scientific point of view that would say that GMO research and development has broad reaching potential for the good and with that I would likely agree. I am sure there are GMO experiments being conducted as I write this that would benefit our food supply. But I don’t know about those yet. As I understand it, the GMO that is already in our food supply is not for the benefit of the consumer. It is for the profit of Big Agri. It is so that herbicides and pesticides can be widely broadcast on crops with no danger to the life of the crop. It is from this perspective alone that I am posting all links for now. To be fair, I realize that many articles out there in the cyber world come from websites that grind an axe against the bio-tech industry with every word. Though some of those links will be found here, I will try to also include more neutrally focused articles.
This first link leads to a very neutral and informative article written in 2000 for a website that serves libraries, librarians and covers a broad spectrum of topics.
The second link clicks you over to the Truthout website, which is an independent journalism site. Disclaimer: Midway through the article they politely ask you for a donation. I have nothing to do with that! I do, however, believe they are trying to present the truth and the article is fairly current.
Jeffrey Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods. Here is a link to his Institute for Responsible Technology website, which is quite comprehensive in its treatment of the subject.
Here is just one link from within the above website. In it there is a recent article about Agent Orange being added to the GMO repertoire as well as a CBS news clip featuring Jeffrey Smith.
These final links are a bit more political: two from Organic Consumers Association followed by the Anti-GMO Project which is a site dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of GMO.