Someone I am friends with on Facebook, posted this article. This person is all for it. Here is the conversation that occurred when I tried to call it out:
Me: What are your thoughts on this? Since I'm currently living and working daily on a farm planting, nurturing and finally harvesting vegetables I am fully aware of the work that goes into this job. Additionally, since we provide produce as a CSA, I understand how important it is to provide enough food. For them to burn the maize fields because of the seeds appearing GM, is absurd and priveledged. Aside from farmers losing money, people will go without food. They should have just told people that their maize would be GM and let them make their own decisions.
Me: Or another option would be to ship the maize to an area where people are more desperate.
Person 2: Naomi, I think that perhaps you do not have a grasp of the magnitude of the situation regarding genetically modified foods. The vicious cycle that is created through this process of genetic modifications is not only unconscionable, but highly likely to blame for the inordinate amount of autism , ADHD, brain cancers, autoimmune disorders and many other conditions that were virtually unheard of 50 years ago.
I do not want to spend too much time arguing why these fields needed to be destroyed, but are you really suggesting that because people are hungry that we need to give the food products of GMO seeds?
I would hope that your farm and CSA are using organic and heirloom seeds to plant, cultivate, harvest and sell. These seeds are no more difficult to cultivate than the GM seeds and the long term effects on the environment are unequivocally harmless. Not so with GMO's. it is not privileged nor is it absurd to go back to the natural way of feeding the world. There is enough land in the world to produce enough food for all...enough land needed to produce organic, nutritious and readily available produce . What should be considered privileged and absurd are the companies like Monsanto who have decided they are the purveyors of what is good for us, and what we are putting in our bodies. As long as these politically motivated entities have their hands in the pockets of Congress, all of us will suffer the effects of their greed for generations to come.
Person 2: Perhaps if more countries followed Hungary's example and fostered the farming of organic and heirloom seeds we would not ever need to have this discussion in the first place. As far as I am concerned, it was not a waste of food, but rather a declaration that we do, in fact, have the ability to say no to GMO's.
Me: You're saying that because you have a roof over your head and you're not starving. I'm confident there are people who would take the risk. I do not care to discuss this any further.
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It’s so cute how I was conditioned to easily accept Facebook likes as a compensation for love and actual attention, so now every time someone refuses to acknowledge me in that fashion I get depressed, and someone I care about can probably hurt me more by not liking my selfie than by refusing to kiss me in public.
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