Friday, June 6, 2014

THE NEWS IS STALE

I have to admit.  It was almost three weeks ago when I went to the GMO Protest Rally.  This gathering seemed like a flea trying to irritate an enormous stampede of elephants, but at least the sixty-or-so folks who attended the rally got to express themselves!*

Now, Reader Dear, if you've possibly NOT heard the dirt on GMO's, I'll give a brief explanation.  GMO stands for genetically modified organism**, which is the by-product of splicing genes from one species into the DNA of another.  Multinational biotech companies have manipulated the genes of many foods and own the rights to the seeds (which do not reproduce themselves).  While they would have us believe that these foods are completely safe, and are a good way to prevent starvation in the world, most developed countries have banned their use. (**Read way more than  you may possibly wish to know, Reader Dear, at the above wikipedia site)

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In the good old USA, food manufacturers are not even required to make known the use of GMO-containing ingredients in the items manufactured for consumption, a tactic which would allow those opposed to the use of GMOs to do their own personal banning of such.

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In regards to yours truly, it makes me nervous to think of humongous corporations controlling more and more of the basic food supply on which we humans (and all the other species on which we depend) depend.

*One of whom (of the sixty-or-so) neglected to equip herself with a sign when she went to the protest rally.  This one, providentially, was offered a sign by a generous fellow-attendee.  "Hell, NO, GMO" read the sign, and it was accompanied by a sketch of a devil (which could have been The Devil; it was difficult to know).  Above-mentioned rally attendee gulped, but gladly accepted above-mentioned sign!
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4 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there with you...I am certainly with you in your concern about foods containing GMO's!
Delores

KTdid said...

Oh, I wish you could have been here, too, Delores.
For more reasons than one! :-)
Q.

Anonymous said...

Oh, me too. It's been a long time since we last saw each other. Do you think we will wait another 20 years to get together?
D.