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My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"

A child's experiment turns into a lesson on the toxins in our food supply. Worth your consideration.

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Comment by Louella Ash on September 29, 2011 at 6:50pm

I have been following the Organic Consumer Association.  I get email newsletters from them.  They are trying to spread the word about these poison chemical issues, and are trying to get people in every State to at least try to get a labeling law passed stating which of our foods are grown from GMO (geneticaly modified organisms). Part of the genetic modification is to insert pesticides into the DNA.  It is all horrifying.  I'm also reading a book called "Genetic Roulette, The Doculmented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods" by Jeffrey M. Smith.  There is very little documentation because test results are buried, or not done because the FDA said in their policy in 1992 on GM foods, "The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way."  So they said they didn't see any need for testing of these altered seeds.  The developers actually go into the DNA of the seed and insert different genes.  And this doesn't alter the food?  Sounds pretty fishy, doesn't it.

Comment by James Simmons on September 29, 2011 at 9:33pm

Shaun has shared some of the "good" side of GM foods, such as golden rice that has been produced to help stop the blindness in Afrikan children. I believe he said that 30% of them become blind quite early in life and that it is hoped that by inserting the gene from carrots that are responsible for carotene in carrots, they can prevent this early blindness in children. It's tough to balance this issue because of abuses that have occurred. I have no doubt that there is a good and noble side to this science and don't believe the baby ought to be tossed with the bathwater. But the public has a right to distrust the chemicals and the GMO foods based upon the track record of the industries. It would be stupid to trust the industry blindly. The burden of proof rests with them, given it is them that has lost the trust of consumers.

Comment by Louella Ash on September 30, 2011 at 3:59pm

Yes, that is true.  The science can be good.  Those who see dollar signs instead of people and what is best for humanity are the problem.

Comment by Emily Saddler on October 4, 2011 at 10:30am

Thank you for your words of wisdom!  I am very interested in growing organically and locally for my family and community.  What practices do you use?

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