GMO-Redux

Join me in my second conversation about GMOs with Jon Entine from The Genetic Literacy Project. We go into more detail from episode number 8 as Jon shares his point of view on the ramifications of the use of genetically modified seed in agriculture. Michael Pollan and Gary Hirshberg are mentioned.

Jon conceded there are valid concerns on the potential environmental impacts when using GMO’s. He expressed some great points from a health perspective. In a future episode of JACK’S FARM RADIO I’ll talk with someone qualified who has a different point of view on the health issues. I also want to talk to a geneticist and ask more about the potential of GMO product to cross pollinate into different species.

I hope you enjoyed this first foray into the use of GMO in agriculture. Stay tuned for more from JACK’S FARM RADIO.

3 thoughts on “GMO-Redux”

  1. This was my first time listening to your podcasts . I don\\\’t know if I will listen again. Maybe. I was very disappointed that you did not have at least a LITTLE background basic knowledge of GMO foods. It is very important that the foods that are GMO to resist insects are actually registered by the government as PESTICIDES, not as FOOD, but as pesticides. I am unabashedly on the GMO extremist bandwagon. So because BIG AG is scared that people will find out how much GMO ingredients are used in foods, I am not supposed to know? I may be an extremist, but that does not negate my right to know what is in the food I buy. I also want to know the source/country of origin of ingredients in the food I buy. I think we all have a right to know that. Your guy also LIED. There has been harm from cross CONTAMINATION with GMO pollen. A farmer in the Midwest was sued by Monsanto for patent violation due to the CONTAMINATION of his crops. He lost the suit and lost his farm. The reason that the various state ballot initiatives have failed is due to the amount of money POURED into the states by BIG AG and BIG Food. They are using scare to make people think that the cost of their food will skyrocket. However, if organic farmers received the same subsidies that conventional farms received, there would be no cost difference between the two. How about this unconventional idea—why don\\\’t we support what we KNOW is healthy, i.e., not eating PESTICIDES and synthetic GROWTH HORMONES, and ANTIBIOTICS, instead of promoting what is very questionable to say the least. We are fueling antibiotic resistance to beat the band with factory farming. But I digress…. GMO foods were introduced about 20 years ago. Think about how the health of this country has degenerated rapidly in that length of time. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, autism, massive allergy problems…. The list goes on and on. How much of this do you think could be due to GMO foods? They are in everything, especially processed foods. What does America eat most of? !
    And your guy also LIED about studies that have been conducted. All of the studies that show the harmful effects of GMO foods have been destroyed by Big Ag and Big Food. And they have been helped by the USDA and FDA. Not to mention Congress. Do you know anything about the Farm Bill that Congress keeps debating as we speak? And the King Amendment that passed and our President signed? It PROTECTS Monsanto against any opposition to its products and practices. Thank goodness, there were enough protests to get it eventually removed. That tells you where the money is….in the pockets of our elected. So, yes, we are going to have to be extremist. We are small, and don\\\’t have much money, but we are gaining in number. And I hope it does come to pass that we get GMOs labeled. The tide is turning, and people are eating more organics. We may not win in the big arena, but we will win in the small ones. Do yourself a favor, and read some good books!! Food Politics is a good place to start. Michael Pollan\\\’s book. There are so many. Google it.

    1. Hi Janice,

      Thanks for communicating.

      You know, I have quite a lot of background in GMO.
      I am a USDA Certified Organic vegetable farmer by trade so agriculture is my business.
      With that decision to be Certified Organic I think it’s very clear where I stand, as of today, on the GMO issue.
      I’ve read most of the main stream books by Pollan, Fromantz, Daniel Charles and more.

      Have you read Tomorrow’s Table by Pam Ronald and Raoul Adamchak? That’s a good one.

      My objective with the podcast series on GMO ( just a sliver of what I talk about really) is to talk to qualified people on ALL sides of the debate. I think that’s the healthiest way to learn about a subject.

      I think I made it clear in the podcast that it is very difficult to get unbiased information on both sides of the GMO question.
      I like to come at things objectively with my conversations and let the people who I’m talking with express their views.
      I also knew prior to talking with him that Mr. Entine is pro-GMO.

      I’d welcome any credible studies, resources or support you have on your examples listed in your email.
      For example what was the name and address of the farmer who was sued?

      Anyway, thanks for taking the time to write. That really makes me feel good.

      Have a great holiday season!

      Dan H

  2. I’m glad you are trying to investigate this and seeking out the real information. I hope you will be careful to find quality sources of information. There’s so much BS from charlatans in this arena.

    I think you might like to read up on some plants “naturally” bred with toxins: http://boingboing.net/2013/03/25/the-case-of-the-poison-potato.html

    Here’s more on the snake/cow gene transfers: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/01/how-a-quarter-of-the-cow-genome-came-from-snakes/

    And on labeling–you’ll hear activists tell you all the time that dozens of countries label, right? Ask them for any single incident of harm from GMOs. That’s what they claim the label will do for us, right? I keep asking, and nobody can show you a single case.

    Dig into the Japanese labels a bit. See what is and isn’t labeled. I think you’ll be surprised. You may also be surprised to know this: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/07/post_156.html

    “Despite all of the concerns about genetically modified food, Japan remains the world’s largest per-capita importer of engineered food and animal feed, Akatsuka said.” And ask if there is a single health claim related to GMOs from Japan. These are scientifically minded folks who would be able to look.

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