Read up on GMO and frankenfood

Genetic modification of plants is inherently different than plant hybridization, a time-honoured practice.

Jim Drummond’s recent letter (‘Frankenfood better than chemicals’ The NEWS, Nov. 25) makes a number of assertions that require clarification.

Genetic modification of plants (leaving out for the purpose of this discussion the genetic modification of animals, fish, etc.) is inherently different than plant hybridization, a time-honoured practice that most agriculturalists will support.

He is correct in stating that “starvation still occurs in parts of the world,” but does not address the real cause of this tragedy. The real cause of starvation is not food scarcity, but government and corporate policy.

His assertions regarding the possible connections between long-term ingestion of ‘safe’ amounts of herbicides and pesticides in our food, and our society’s growing list of chronic disease are logical, and in my opinion, unassailable.

He also states: “Given a choice between frankenfoods and chemicals, I would choose the frankenfoods.” I wish him good luck on his grocery-buying trips to find your preferred choice of a “frankenfood.”

I think if Drummond delved into this very large and complicated subject a little deeper, he would learn that the two agricultural practices of growing genetically modified crops and using large amounts of chemicals, are inextricably linked.

To address all the other aspects of the global corporate drive to push agendas that promote growing large mono-cultures of genetically manipulated crops, would require much more space than is available here.

To that end, I would recommend that anyone interested in understanding the complexities of the so-called “Green Revolution,” and educating themselves before heading out to purchase their food, begin with some well chosen reading material. Seeds of Destruction by Engdahl is one of the best.

Janet Thony, president, Coombs Farmers’ InstituteQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Man dead after reported early-morning hit-and-run incident in Parksville

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Retired Nanoose Bay teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Country music star Aaron Pritchett back in Qualicum Beach to play benefit concert

Singer to headline Thalassa restaurant fundraiser for Ronald McDonald house

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Most Read