Consumers decide

Resident insists that the public must play a role in genetically modified organisms

It would appear that Mr. Grahn does not know the difference between natural breeding and genetic modification.

Natural breeding can only take place between closely related forms of life (e.g. wheat with wheat and not wheat with tomatoes or fish, or soy beans with soy beans and not soy beans with Brazil nuts).

Only in this way are the genes that carry the information for all parts of the organism passed down the generations in an orderly way. Genetic modification is a laboratory-based technique that is completely different from natural breeding.

Mr. Grahn claims that the farmer should decide whether to accept GM production or not.

No, Mr. Grahn, it is us, the GMO opponents and end-consumers of what farmers are growing, who have the right to decide to protect our food supply and what we want to eat. Why do you think companies do not want labelling of GM foods? What are they hiding? Is it maybe because they do know that once labelling is compulsory, nobody will buy GE contaminated foods?

The day will come when farmers and beekeepers all over the world will be thankful to us worldwide opponents for having helped to put a stop to this GMO insanity and having freed them from the biotech industry’s tentacles in their pocket books and from being sued in case of cross pollination. And a final note to all farmers, one day you will realize that we have always been on your side!

 

Casey Berlanda

Vernon