Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by this topic I am reporting about here – genetically modified organisms – GMO(s) – that I don’t know where to start my posts. Today is one of those days. It is a massive topic with far-reaching implications and I feel this driving energy even as I type… steering me… saying… don’t blow this… don’t say the wrong thing… this is BIG information and people’s lives are at stake. It’s like I’ve experienced some kind of spiritual conversion and I am called to this issue. If I am to be a spokesperson for this issue, then please God, let me be a good one.
Every day there are countless articles to read, videos to watch, data to absorb. I have merely started all that, but I know I’ve already learned enough to know this is perhaps as big an issue for our planet as climate change is. It goes way beyond labeling or eating processed foods.
Though there are countless life forms that can and are being genetically engineered, the present focus of SLEUTH4HEALTH is on how the technology affects food. It’s about seeds and seed manipulation, which, in my view, does affect everything that is alive on our planet. When you start messing with the genetic material, the DNA of seeds, you mess with all living things, because all living things must eat and all living things are tied in some way to other living things, which at some point in the food chain are tied to what grows from seeds.***
I will stop here for this post, and let it hang in the rarefied air of philosophy land for a bit, but before I do let me edit in (the following was added after initial post) a quote from Vendana Shiva – quantum physicist turned environmental activist. In her keynote address at the 2009 Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, she said:
I had to abandon that passionate love affair with physics – and quantum physics in particular – for a love affair with the seed, because the threat to the seed made me realize how vital it was to continuity of life.
***Disclaimer: I am not a biologist nor a scientist of any kind, and if any such individual finds flaws in my reasoning, please let me know.