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Food Chain Radio Show #1036
Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist
The GMO Deniers
Guest: Professor Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University and Author, An Illusory Consensus Behind GMO Health Assessment
Seventy-five percent of the processed foods we buy are made from organisms that have been modified to contain foreign genes.
Some scientists say foods that have been modified to contain genes from other species are safe to eat. Other scientists disagree and say GMO foods are not safe to eat.
The reason food crops are re-engineered with foreign genes is to make them easier to grow. Corn, for example, has been modified to contain Bacillus thuringiensis, a biologic pesticide that dissolves the stomach of insect pests. Corn has also been modified to withstand glyphosate herbicides. These genetic modifications are “stacked” in the genes of corn so as to enable a single farmer to grow a thousand acres of corn with no insects or weeds.
Needless to say, the genetic modifications have made growing some food crops much easier, and have brought some seed companies much wealth.
Consumers, however, are left with supermarkets filled with processed foods that have been infused with pesticides and drenched in herbicides, and so ask…