I would like to talk about an issue that is often talked about those promoting sustainability; Monstanto. More specifically I would like to discuss their use of GMOs and the controversy that surrounds them. I hold an opinion that many in my field would likely disagree with. Personally I have absolutely no issues with the use of GMOs and I feel that labelling GMOs in food would not improve anyones health or make any difference. There are people that say that the use of GMOs is detrimental to human health and they should be labeled or avoided altogether. However, there is no conclusive evidence that supports the claim that genetically modified food is dangerous for consumption. The very few arguments against GMOs rely on statistics that have been debunked and the falicies are easily regocnizable to anyone who understands that correlation does not equal causation. This article, http://responsibletechnology.org/10-reasons-to-avoid-gmos/ observes the health of Americans overall since lab engineered genetically modified foods were introduced. They state that GMOs are unhealthy because, since their inception, food allergies, chronic illnesses, and reproductive diseases have increased. However there is zero evidence to support this claim.
Humans have been genetically modifying foods for 10,000 years using selective breeding. It wasn’t until the 1980‘s and 90‘s that GMOs recieved criticism. The only difference was that they could now be genetically modified in a lab. The fact is that 70% of all food in the United States contains some form of GMO and even more have been previously artificially cultivated. The anti GMO movement is on par with the anti vaxer movement. They cling to arguments and statistics that have been debunked and refuse to accept the evidence out of fear of something not fully understood. Monsanto is a dispicable organazation whose aggresive and often immoral business practices have destroyed more than a few lives. Their use of pesticides and herbicides are what is truly detrimental to the health of humans and the environment. However if there is one thing they should not be under fire for it is their use of GMOs.