Life is an Experiment
I am not a scientist, although I am all for experimentation. Fat Kid Suit is an experiment. A very personal one that I share with anyone who is curious about the experiment we call life.
7 BILLION lab rats
Perhaps the grandest experiment ever conducted by humans is playing out all around us right now. While the experiment is being conducted by humans, it is also being conducted on humans. In fact there are only a few scientist in this picture, working for even fewer companies. The lab rats in this experiment are the rest of us billions.
Some believe Genetically Modified food is a miracle which will help feed the earth’s swelling human population. Others think that “playing God” with our food is deviant mad science which could doom our race to extinction. Most seem to fall somewhere in the middle and see these “foods” as both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of how we feel about these foods, there is one undeniable fact about GMO–it is an experiment.
How is it right that foods (and packaged foods containing GMO ingredients) which have been genetically altered by scientist are not labeled as such?
Since when do our inalienable rights not include the need for our permission to be experimented on?
When Monsanto tries to shut down farms that have been pollinated with their patented Genetically Engineered “Round-Up Ready” seed, why isn’t the law squarely on the side of the farmer?
Don’t humans have an animal right to grow their own food and reuse their seed?
Why aren’t the farmers successfully suing Monsanto for crop degradation, contamination, and for unlawfully interfering with the very circle of life?
Why is the new untouchable human interest goal to feed as many humans as we can squeeze onto this rotating orb? I’ll answer that with another question, “Would you rather have 7 billion customers, or 9 billion?”
Why do we continue to support these corporations and the politicians who support them? We give them their authority. It isn’t the other way around, no matter how powerful that illusion may be.
If no proof is needed to bring to market, what proof is needed to take off the market?
I can’t prove or disprove anything with a post like this. My intention is simple provocation. I wanted to share some of my questions and frustration about this topic, in hopes that in some small way it will get others talking about it too. If nothing else, we should be demanding that we are given a choice, and that companies be required to disclose the presence of genetic engineering.
And while there is a ton of documentation to refute any claims made by scientists and doctors that GMO’s may be dangerous to our health, it doesn’t require speculation on our part to understand the misinformation game that is always played when there is this kind of money on the table.
Here is one of many simple statements made by legitimate sources:
On May 19th 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” (1) They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”
And finally a video I particularly enjoyed that I think sheds light on the big picture regarding GMO’s…