If you haven’t heard about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods or Monsanto‘s role in all of this, I hate to be the one to rupture your bubble, but this is a big issue and we all need to get educated about it. I’m not a scientist, farmer or bioengineer, but I am a foodie. I love food and have been in love with sustainable agriculture concepts and practices since the 80s. I’m also not a news journalist and don’t pretend to be one, so I’ll be clear about my opinion right up front – I prefer to eat NON GMO/GE foods and I doubt anyone could convince me otherwise.
MOMENTARY GASP FROM LACK OF REASON: I googled “Monsanto” and their company link says, “Monsanto – A Sustainable Agriculture Company” – WHAT!?!? REALLY?!?!? I’m sure they have their rationale, but to me, sustainable agriculture is about responsible farming and I just don’t get this particular tag line at all. Ok. Done freaking out, back to the post . . .
I was introduced to a wonderful new film project that Mariel Hemingway is behind called Stop Monsanto. I’m excited about the film and hope you will be too. I had the opportunity to correspond with Ms. Hemingway about the film and the issues behind it (GMO/GE food). But first, let’s just do a little GMO 101 . . .
What are GMOs?
One of my very favorite writers, Nancy Dreyfus, did a guest post for TheGreenDivas.com, which is a thorough 101 on GMOs, called Waiter There’s a Fish in My Tomato. I HIGHLY recommend reading this well-researched and documented article. In the meantime, here’s her definition of GMO:
A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called “genetically engineered”) is a plant, animal or microorganism (eg, bacteria) that is created by means that overcome natural boundaries. Genetic engineering involves crossing species that could not cross in nature.
Video of Mariel Hemingway on Stop Monsanto
Watch this short video of Ms. Hemingway passionately explaining why we should #StopMonsanto