The original plan here was specifically to join the fight against GMOs by spreading information. This is one of the most important battles that has possibly ever been waged. The ramifications of the current trajectory of Monsanto and other corporations like them are extremely dismal for the future of human health and well-being, the global economy, the ecosystem, etc. So, think of it that way.
Actually, it’s not a fight against GMOs so much as a fight to preserve, well, everything. No, we shouldn’t HAVE to fight for the simple ability to make informed decisions, but the fact is that we do. The good news is – we got ourselves into this mess, so we can get ourselves out. But we can only manage that if we’re fully aware of the scope of the danger that we’re in. I fully believe the level of corruption we’re dealing with to be astronomical, and it’s going to be impossible to make truly sustainable choices until we figure out the extent, as well as alternatives.
I’m not here to ‘teach’ you. I’m here to learn with you, because somewhere along the line we lost our right to self-determination, and we need to get it back. That’s an American story. Many other countries have made different choices; choices that align more with the common good than the corporate greed. Hopefully that trend continues and spreads.
How do we make it continue and spread? We can start with straightforward, simply-put information. Knowledge is power, ain’t that so? The problem is that there’s so much mis- and disinformation, too. You almost have to be trained in research methodology to sort the truth from the rest of the crap. Perhaps the first question we need to ask is:
Why are GMOs so bad?
Why do we need to avoid GMOs? What makes them so bad? A lot of people honestly don’t know. We’re told crops are modified to be drought resistant and pest resistant to save the world from hunger. What’s wrong with that? Sounds great, actually. The problem is that it’s not true. Don’t you think we’d be seeing fewer rather than more hungry people if it were? Just in case you’re not paying attention: GMOs are not helping starving people.
Some crops (like corn) are engineered to generate their own insecticides. That’s what they really mean by ‘pest resistant.’ Yup. A bug takes a bite of a nice juicy kernel of corn and pretty soon his stomach is exploding. Isn’t it prudent for us to ask what the long-term effects might be of consuming that ourselves, or even consuming another animal that consumed it?
Every living thing on earth, with or without locomotion, shares a higher percentage of DNA than you might think. Humans share about 44% of our DNA with the fruit fly. The FRUIT FLY. You know what humans and bugs all have? A digestive system. A bug only needs a tiny quantity of the stuff to find his life at an end; a human would need much, much more. Not to worry: we are currently consuming vast quantities of the stuff in the form of high fructose corn syrup that comes from these modified crops.
Another problem with GMOs is they’ve had most of their nutritional goodliness engineered right out of them. Far from helping hungry and starving people, GMOs are helping people who have plenty of food around them to be nutritionally deficient. We’re surrounded by food that has little to no nutritional value. Vegetables and fruits should be full of wonderful nutrients, but the genetically modified ones aren’t. The problem is compounded by planting in deficient soil. Plants get their nutrients from the soil. If there’s none there, well…
We’re not done yet. There’s the glyphosate. GMO crops are engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. This allows tons of the stuff to be sprayed on any crop that can withstand it. The problem here is twofold. The stuff goes into the soil and into our water and into our air. But that’s not all, plants incorporate what’s in the soil and water (normally nutrients) into their own structure. So, if there’s glyphosate in the soil, it’s in the plants, too. And then we eat it. It can’t be washed off.
Monsanto and other corporations like them have spent loads of money fighting labeling laws, stuffing government peeps into their collective back pocket, and trying to make society believe that there’s some kind of debate to be had about the relative merits of GMOs. There’s no debate. The facts are there, and clear. People are hired by Monsanto to attack and negate them, but that doesn’t make them less true.
The sooner we all know this stuff, the sooner we can reclaim our rights, learn how to defend ourselves, and strike back.