Most of us have no idea how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) actually work. What is it that makes it possible to kill the weeds growing in a corn field without affecting the corn? What is it that makes it possible for corn to “grow its own” pesticide to kill root worms? How does this modification affect the micro-organisms in the soil? How can it affect the animals – including we humans – that eat these plants?
Who needs “Better living with chemistry” when you have “Better breeding with Monsanto?” If you thought that planting your own garden and growing and harvesting your own crops would keep you safe from the long arm of Monsanto, think again!
October is National Non-GMO Month, so it’s a good time to ask yourself how much you really know about what exactly GMOs are, why they’re produced, and how prevalent they are?
Tom Philpott at Grist clarifies a proposed decision by the USDA to allow Monsanto to fund the EIS studies on its own products. Even small companies separate the check signing function from the payment authorization function to insure no one is pocketing company funds. Allowing the industry to produce its own environmental assessments is tantamount to handing over the checkbook to someone who can make payments without any oversight.