Adams is so much of an activist type, which is both good and bad, but I bought Jeffrey Smith’s book Genetic Roulette a few years back because I wanted to read more than the occasional 1-2 page internet article. It is solid work listing in both outline and detailed summary form the results of dozens of private and public sector studies (most of which latter are very hard to find despite being government funded) and those results establish with very little doubt that GM is not ready for prime time, let alone human and animal consumption.
More disturbingly, perhaps, the book shows how the agro-business industry leadership has successfully insinuated itself into various national and international legislative processes to make it almost impossible for their poisonous products not only to be sold, but to slowly dominate the supply at the level of what farmers end up using.
My personal #1 reason for choosing organic as much as possible is simply to discourage the farming and consumption of GMO foods which I regard as truly dangerous to our planetary food supply over the long term, both because they are proven bad for you, but also because as they are used more and more, other strains of fruits and vegetables, not to mention soil, are reduced in variety and number.
It’s a bad business.
“97% of fhe varieties of vegetables at the beginning of the twentieth century are now extinct.” This is what deeply concerns me. Also, the larger companies buy up patents on competitive strains so that they can push their preferred strain, further centralizing supply, and further ‘monoculturing’ our human society.
It’s a bad business.
Film blurb: “There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America – a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.
The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.
Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today. (More at TheFutureOfFood.com)