I was reading through an article about speeding up the roll-out of GM crops in the British publication The Daily Telegraph and as I kept clicking on related articles, my stomach lurched, twisted and tied itself into a nasty knot. There is a sentiment in British government that GMO opponents are a bunch of loons and that the answer to all the world’s hunger woes is in genetic engineering. The Brits in government want all of Europe to wise up and start planting these seed darlings of technology. Owen Paterson is the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs secretary, and he told The Daily Telegraph that “GM crops should be developed to feed the world.”
The backlash against GM food and crops in the UK has come mostly from consumers. What became clear as I read through the articles was that according to the prime minister and his spokespeople, the fear-mongering consumers are going to have to buck up and eat GM food whether they like it or not. Read article in The Telegraph.
Now, folks, for me this is of mammoth concern. First of all, we in the US look to Europe as our model when it comes to fighting the mighty biotech wave that is wrapping its DNA altered seed all around the globe. If they cave, we get knocked down a peg or two or ten.
The way that the industry veils GM as the savior for the world and the answer to drought, frost, shortage, low crop yields, pesticide use – is diabolical. Right now the predominant use of GM crops is so they can be doused in herbicide and NOT die (we’re eating that) and in the case of corn, so that the guts of bugs that bite them can be split open so they’ll die (we’re eating that too). The farmers become dependent on the seeds, which are patented, and the farmer must buy new seed every year as they will be sued if they collect seed for next year’s planting. The farmers must also buy the Roundup every year.
Biotech wants to make money, not feed the world.