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GMO...?? No, but thanx!! Not in Europe!
by Christos Mouzeviris
2011-03-26 11:06:03
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Recently I have been involved in a conversation on European Parliament’s Facebook page, on the right of each EU state to ban GMO crops or products made from them. It was a most challenging debate, with good arguments coming from both sides. The people who supported the GMOs presented interesting arguments, but still I remain a sceptic. Not that I am against every effort made by scientists to better the conditions of living of the human race. It is just that I am not convinced that they can be trusted and I also have doubts when large corporate companies want something so badly. Our food and health is not something to be experimenting with. Not that it hasn’t been done by now. But with what consequences….Do we know really?

In a common market like EU, if some nations allow GMOs, then the whole market is flooded with them. If Spain starts growing GMOs, how can we stop them from spreading in the rest of the market for example? Either we must accept them unanimously, or rejected them the same way. It is so hard to achieve though. Knowing that the 27 members states, soon to be 28 or 29, argue over the smallest policies and some debates have been going on for decades (the Post offices liberalization was one of them), how long until we make up our minds on this issue? With different nations having different agendas and interests, it is almost impossible to reach to an agreement unanimously.

My main concern is the welfare of the people. It will take decades perhaps of GMO consumption to witness any real benefits, disadvantages, or hazards. But I have made up my mind. The answer is NO! Have we done any tests on how our current diet affects our health? Is it only down to smoking or stress the rise of cancers of all kinds in humans? Do we know what the food industry is putting on our table? Do we realize what chemicals do we eat? NO!! If with the current practices of the food industry we have such effects in our health, I suggest instead of exploring new mutated foods, it is best to explore better, cleaner, safer food. Of course some will say the population growth can not sustain a more organic approach in our food production. But all I can say is this. Our grand parents ate less food, but cleaner and fresher and they are living longer and healthier (I am talking about the generation between and after the two wars that are now in the 80s or 90s). If only they had better medication perhaps they would live even better. We on the other hand, with all the junk, plastic, and mass produced food with all the chemicals involved and injected, I am curious on what quality of life and health will have when we are 80 or 90. And now some corporate companies want to feed me with milk that has DNA of a parrot, plus the hormones that they already put in it, plus the preservatives and God know what else. Absolutely NO!!

One has to only taste a tomato that has been grown in a hothouse, injected with so many chemicals, and one that has been organically grown. Taste butter, eggs or meat of animals that were grown with no or minimum chemicals injected in their bodies, and you will taste the difference. Taste a large super market’s butter, and then one that has been grown by a farmer in a close by village. The difference is obvious and clear. Are those foods good for us? From our deteriorating health, I doubt it! They use as an argument that we already eat modified food; the breeds are crossbred to create better, faster producing animals, feeding plants with so much chemicals to grow faster. And look what we got? Tasteless food in the best case and no one knows the effect on our health! Is that really a reason to open the doors to GMOs too?

Haven’t we learned yet? There is another argument going on, the same that is being used against the CAP, the main obstacle to allow GMOs in Europe! Poverty in the third world, and how Europe’s policies affect them! And how come the multinational corporate organizations of America care? From what we see anyway, they do not care much about the welfare of their own citizens. They only reformed their health care policies recently, to make them more like those of Europe! Now they care about the poor Africans. They forget how many regimes and juntas they helped establish in this and other continents! The "poor countries" argument is being used for everything. Against CAP, pro GMOs, pro- immigration, against this, pro that. When the real solution to this "problem" is an equal distribution of wealth all over the world, no "super powers" no capitalism, allow each nation to develop it natural resources with no foreign intervention and that will lead to equal distribution of the prosperity of this world, to all nations and people, not to a few elite nations and their elites. Instead we bow to the markets and the banks, that think of each nation as a “Ltd” company that they can invest to make or lose money. We play the fortunes of our future generations in the stock markets. We “commodify” everything from fish, animals, water, trees and land, to even people!! That is the true cause of poverty and hunger in the world, not the current agricultural practices. I say let USA do what they want with the health of their citizens. This is Europe; we must look after our own!

I do not trust “created” food, and the companies that make them or promote them. If I had a choice, I would stop mass produced food, like fast food! Who needs to eat beef everyday, burgers, chips, chicken breasts and tomato ketchup? Who needs to eat deep fried food in oil of questionable source (palm oils)? Why industrialize our food in such scale, while we could eat less meat and produce less waste? Most of the food we produce goes to waste, and it is proven that fast foods are the worse kind that we can eat. Haven’t you notice the obesity crisis that hits all developed nations? Yet they want to create modified food “to feed the world”, when the reality is that they want to make more money, faster, globally, never mind the consequences on people’s health! There is a solution! Stop the growing trend of fast food eating around the world, and we won’t need as much beef, potatoes, wheat or tomatoes to create them! Keep our food “real” please! Why have fast food chains in every country of the world, in every neighborhood of any country, which require tonnes of beef and potatoes to keep them going? There is only few who benefit from all this and these are the corporate multinationals. And they want to introduce GMOs, with the pretense that we need to feed the world, so they can produce faster, cheaper, more and everywhere! But with what cost to our already in danger health?

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