Before I get into my most recent topic – GMO’s, I’m excited to mention that this ongoing series won an Honourable Mention in the International Photography Awards. It really has motivated me to keep pushing forward with this and I’m excited for things to come!
So now onto the controversial topic of GMO’s….
GMO, which stands for genetically modified organisms, refers to a biotechnology that uses gene splicing techniques in plants and animals that merges DNA from different species.
OK, so what’s the big deal? It was invented to end world hunger right? Well, its not quite that simple. GMO crops were supposed to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides so farmers could produce more at a lesser cost but instead the opposite has happened. Bugs have become so resistant to these chemicals that it has led to increased use of both! The growing research on the adverse effects to our health and environment has led people to fight for their consumer rights.
In many developed countries like Australia, Japan and all of Europe, GMO foods are banned or at the very least have mandatory labelling due to the fact that the safety of these foods is unproven. Canada and the US does not. In the US, GMO’s are in as much as 80% of conventional processed foods! Scary!
You may ask yourself, what do I do to avoid GMO’s if our foods aren’t labelled? Well, the best choice right now is to buy organic or support companies who do label their foods as NON-GMO.
One last thing I’d like to mention in this rather large topic that I am briefly touching on, is the threat to farmer sovereignty. Biotechnology companies are able to obtain patents that give them the power to sue farmers whose fields have been cross contaminated with inevitable drift from neighboring fields.
The amazing farm I used for my photo DOES NOT use GMO’s and I’d like to do what I can to keep it that way!
The long-term impacts of GMO’s that have been released into our environment irreversably are unknown.