Genetically Modified Food


I’d love to hear some opinions from readers who have strong nutrition backgrounds. As many of our readers know I am a big fan of Dr. Mercola. He seems to be a lone sane voice in the insane world of food. Is he right about genetically modified foods or is he slanting the research? Read this and let me know what you think. It scares the heck out of me.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/12/wikileaks-reveals-us-sought-to-retaliate-against-europe-over-monsanto-gm-crops.aspx

 

7 Responses to “Genetically Modified Food”

  1. Like Max Prokopy said – everything is dangerous these days. I actually work for an *ahem* well known multinational food company who happens to mess with food *a little*, and I’d happily eat our food every day of my life. In fact I do in the staff canteen!
    I have no scientific gripe whatsoever with GM grains and veg – my only issue being creating sterile crops for monetary gain.

  2. Max Prokopy Says:

    I would not be surprised if Monsanto seeks to hold influence over European policy. Keep in mind the EU decided to approach GMO with an entirely separate economic framework. The US of course just absorbed the concept into it’s “free-market” principles. So of course Europe is slow and cautious respecting GMO – they were treating this as an entirely new arm of the economy. Given our short-sighted profit model I would bet that there is a lot of behind the scenes rancor over this. I would not be at all surprised if diplomats got involved.

    About GMO itself I do think it remains an ongoing experiment. In that light it’s explosion into our food supply is probably not good. Some changes have helped farmers while others have hurt. Almost certainly more harm than good to the economics of farming. Yet I grow weary of the “truth bombers” who hop on every contaminant proclaimed dangerous in high doses and hail it as the next vehicle of Armageddon. If it’s not mercury fillings, toxins in building materials, or fluoridated tap water then it’s BpA, hexavalent chromium, your microwave, or oatmeal. It’s a miracle we’re still living past 80 years old…

  3. Mario V Fringes Says:

    Mike, yes, we live in a world of experiments gone bad, lots of bad science and even more corruption and deceipt. Besides the med school curriculum all my energy is focused on preventive medicine, especially the prevention of alzheimer, obesity, cancer, heart disease etc. pp.. YES, IT IS OUR ENVIRONMENT!

    If I may make a suggestion regarding nutrition: One article, which I recommend to all my friends and family, that covers all bases of sane nutrition IF someones main concern is optimum health at all ages:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/475-principles-of-healthy-diets.html

    Regarding GMOs once more, there is german / french produced documentary about Monsanto available. It is a MUST-SEE. The english name is “The World according to Monsanto” It is available online.

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Thanks Mario. I think we live in a world of experiments gone bad. Peanut allergies, autism, ADHD, breast cancer? Doesn’t it have to be our environment?

  5. Mario V Fringes Says:

    Indeed true that Mercola comes across like a snake oil salesman. But then we should’nt forget that whatever he is selling does ALOT more good than bad. And most of the info he posts has scientific merit.

    Regarding info about the GM industry I can highly recommend the works of Jeffrey M. Smith and the GMO Trilogy. More at http://www.seedsofdeception.com

    I have no affiliation with this website. I am just a worried consumer… even though I live in Europe and not in North America. Monsanto is not an unheard name in Germany!

    Although, a background in nutrition won’t really help much in specifying the potential problems of GMO. Even the geneticists can’t predict the exact outcome of this experiment!

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    Bruce- has he written anything on it? I cant see anything to like about it but, I need to understand better.

  7. Mike,
    Dr. Mark Hyman of Ultrametabolism fame is also an anti-GMO physician. I think we need watchdogs like Mercola even if he does have a bit of the snake oil salesman about him.

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