the future of food

Submitted by turbosprout on Tue, 2006-10-24 14:31

future of foodfuture of foodSaw this brilliantly shocking movie again at the Labia last night. It really is a must see if you care about your health, the environment or the corporate take-over of the food supply.

I've been thinking about what it is that really worries me about Genetic Modification. I am no Luddite - I believe in technology and medical progress. No one can argue that anti-biotics, vaccines, heart bypass operations etc have their place in modern society (although there are some questionable motives behind the drug companies promoting the technologies... another topic).

I think that GM does have a place in finding cures for incurable diseases. But the differences betw GM modification in the biomedical industry and the biofood industry was poignently highlighted in the future of food: a pill can't escape into the wild and start replicating itself; plants readily do this!

Scientists really have no idea of the consequences to human health and ecosystems that will be caused by GM organisms reproducing outside of the laboratory.

One thing is certain though: there will be no organic industry in 20 years time if we allow the spread of GM crops to continue.