Re: Genetically modified food
I'm buying more organic now that I can afford it. My guess is that it's higher quality food produced more ethically than GM, but in truth I don't know. You have all these claims and counter claims. Chances are that all of the claims for and against have a kernel of truth without telling the whole story, and often overstated. Pros and cons. Black, white and shades of grey. I suspect I have some food allergies and it may be gluten and sugar ... it seems I clog up after eating processed foods, but I'll need to go on an elimination diet to find out what's going on.
Ultimately almost nobody knows much about this stuff, and the voices of those who do are lost amongst all the hot air. People don't like to say they don't know something so they plump for a side that sits most comfortably with their political ideals, and then they have fierce arguments with other people who don't have a clue either. I'm not a scientist so I don't have the ability to parse all the info with any confidence. In that situation, I fall back on my old hippie ideals - peace & lurve, peace & lurve ...
So it's organic for me all the way, baybee! Some of it tastes better, some tastes the same. People say organic is overpriced BS but my guess is they know as much about organic growing as they do about GM, ie. enough to form an opinion, but not enough to form a valid opinion.
I am convinced that 99.99% of the participants in political debates know diddly about the subject matter. So I'm increasingly leaning towards the George Carlin approach - grab the popcorn and watch the show, which is preferable to despairing at our hubris, dishonesty and blinkered views. (I'd get GM popcorn, the organic stuff doesn't hit the spot - popcorn needs the salt and chemicals and stuff :)
Not dumping on people here, BTW. Just a general observation from reading news blogs.
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