Saturday, January 4, 2014
#4 / Cheery News
I like Cheerios, so I was happy to see from a recent article in The Wall Street Journal that General Mills will now be making sure that Cheerios don't contain any Genetically Modified Organisms - GMOs.
This is cheery news, indeed.
I do have a thought, however. How is it that we must now assume that all our food contains GMOs, unless we are specifically advised to the contrary?
Shouldn't the rule be exactly the opposite of the existing rule? IF a food product contains some ingredient that is genetically modified, THEN we should be advised by a label. Otherwise, we should be able to assume that our food is "natural." Wheat means wheat, not genetically modified wheat. Corn means corn, not genetically modified corn. Salmon means salmon, not genetically modified salmon. Etc.!
The cheery news from General Mills about Cheerios (read the article) should serve as a reminder that we have now come to assume that it's "natural" for human beings to have modified everything at the genetic level, where the characteristics of "life" are defined. We have put ourselves in that position without really considering the consequences. Our current practice is to notify people when food is NOT genetically modified.
This is not exactly the "precautionary principle" in action.
Houston, we've got a problem!!