GMO – Yes or No?
If you’ve paid any attention to health related topics recently, you’ve seen the controversy regarding GMO or genetically modified organisms. There’s so many “experts” talking and studies flying around about GMO that it’s almost overwhelming (and I track this stuff for a living). As an average consumer I would have thrown up my hands and walked away by now. But I don’t want you to do that.
GMO – Let’s Not Talk Science
So, let’s not talk about the science and the reports. The short explanation is that one side thinks we can and should genetically engineer foods in order to be more efficient, more profitable, feed more people, etc. The other side thinks there hasn’t been enough testing regarding the genetic engineering to know and understand any potential health risks. Okay, sure that is a really simplistic overview of the GMO controversy, but that’s because I don’t want to get bogged down in the science. Pick any side, pick any point, and I pretty much guarantee I could find some study to prove or disprove the claim. Because the claims have become the focus instead of the common sense.
GMO – The Common Sense
Let’s look at a simple graph concept. On one side we have GMO as dangerous and GMO as safe. One the other side we have Take Action Against and Take No Action. To me, these seem to be the basic issues.
So, let’s start with the assumption that GMO is safe. If we Take Action Against the GMO we might slow down potential food resources. But this would be only of GMO foods, not any foods countries are currently able to grow. The idea of GMO is to change crops instead of sustaining crops. Anyway you turn this quadrant on the graph, we only might or maybe causing some harm. Personally, I think common sense tells us not to make decisions based on what might happen or we’d be paralyzed to ever do anything. (I mean really, why even write this blog, my computer could lose it at any minute anyway). Neutral face in the quadrant.
Next, GMO is safe and we Take No Action. Well, this is a no-brainer. If science proves GMO foods are safe and we take no action against them, everyone wins in the long run. Happy face in the quadrant.
Now, let’s look at GMO being unsafe and we Take Action Against GMO foods. Well, this is again a no-brainer. If science proves GMO foods are unsafe and we blocked the ability for them to be in our food system, everyone wins in the long run. Happy face in the quadrant.
Finally, let’s look at GMO being unsafe and we Take No Action. If the studies showing high human health risks from eating GMO foods are accurate and we take No Action, we die. Big frowny face in the quadrant.
There’s my overview and for me it’s pretty clear then. It’s one giant question mark! It could be okay. I could be not okay. But the not okay leads to death! That’s a pretty big risk! And common sense says that when you aren’t sure, you take it slow and work toward confidence in the decision.
GMO – Final Thoughts
This blog is Optimal Health from the Inside Out – meaning what we put into our bodies determines our health and our external body reflects our health. Maybe weird tumors like the French rat study won’t show up on our bodies right away? But is it worth the risk? I don’t think so.
This is a science that has monitored itself. It’s human nature to want to present ourselves in the best light. Who doesn’t down play their flaws? Nothing has kept these companies from doing the same. And they have billions of dollars at stake. Can I trust them to put my personal health above their profits? Unfortunately, history has shown us the answer is no. My life, and the lives of my children are worth taking this science a bit slower and verifying any potential risk factors. Maybe my grand kids will be flying around in a Jetson car and eating GMO foods, but there’s no rush to get there right now, in my opinion.