posted on Sep, 21 2010 @ 04:17 PM
I think many of your are already mislead by the titles "Non-GMO" and "GMO-Free", and don't realize that you are backing false perceptions.
Where exactly do we draw the line on Genetically Modified Organisms?
Artificial selection induced by human's cultivation of plants would be considered genetic modification in my eyes, as we are selectively hybridizing
and growing strains of plants that have the best traits, which are expressions of GENES. By breaking the process of natural selection and imposing
our own order, we have genetically modified said plants, and the same could be said about much livestock and poultry.
How then can you label something like this as "GMO-Free", when in fact the organisms contained within the packaging are genetically modified, and
have been for thousands of years?
Some of you may say I'm playing semantics, and I'm certainly playing the devil's advocate here, but I believe there is a lot of obfuscation
surrounding this topic.
I would think that going into the DNA molecular structure of an organism and modifying it's genes directly is a very extreme measure, but couldn't
it be hypothesized that the same results could be achieved through (once again) artificial selection and hybridization? So then how is the end
product any different, if it can be achieved through multiple methods? Is it because there IS a difference in the end product? Or is it because of
your own skewed perceptions?
I recently watched a Penn and Teller's Bull# episode on Organic foods. Now I don't instantly believe everything I see on that show, as good of
skeptics as they are. But it was interesting to note that despite all the fervor surrounding the organic food movement, where people pay PREMIUM $$$
for food they say is better tasting and healthier for you, in a double-blind taste test the organic food aficionados couldn't tell the difference
between organic and non-organic foods. Once again, is it just false perceptions that lead to a placebo effect?
I hope that everyone took the time to carefully read my post, and I look forward to the ensuing discussion.