The column by Ronald Rich, “Modifying food sources nothing new,” in the June 22 Lima News has prompted this letter.
We have hybridized our food sources for years, but genetic modification is different, and new in the scheme of things. Adding a corn gene to another corn gene to gain a certain trait is hybridizing. Adding a gene from a foreign species like a bacteria to a corn gene is what we refer to as genetic modification.
Opposition to genetically modified food is not a knee-jerk response. The opposition is based on science, science untainted by money from the biotech industry. The science is there to link Roundup with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and Parkinson’s disease, to name a few.
We in the United States are uninformed about the dangers of consuming genetically modified foods, partly because our government chooses to squelch honest science and partner with Monsanto and others in the biotech industry to the detriment of all of us. Don’t forget that Monsanto brought us Agent Orange; they said that was safe too.
I refer you to the documentary “Genetic Roulette” or the book “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffery Smith, or any of the myriad websites about the dangers of genetically modified foods. Check out the YouTube video http://youtu.be/h_AHLDXF5aw. Also go to www.responsibletechnology.org.
My advice is try to eat as much organically grown foods as possible, and buy your meat, milk and eggs from local farmers who feed only non-GMO feed. Keep in mind that all processed foods containing corn or soy or any of their derivatives will contain GMOs.
— Jane Kraft RN, BSN, NTP, Alger