Genetic Roulette

When you gamble do you dive in head first risking it all and hope Lady Luck is on your side?  Or do you examine the whole situation to ascertain your potential risk before setting yourself up in the best conditions to be successful?  I’ve been relying on Lady Luck when it comes to my health but that Lady has packed her bags and moved out.  She has been replaced by a representative who used to work for a bio-tech firm.

This week I had the opportunity to watch a documentary called Genetic Roulette directed and produced by Jeffrey Smith, the Founder of The Institute of Responsible Technology and narrated by Lisa Oz (wife of Dr. Oz).  It has won two awards since it was released in late 2012: Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide Viewers Choice and the Movie of the Year for 2012 by Solari Report.  The documentary tackles the scientific issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and attempts to give the average citizen a full understanding of the dangers we face when we eat GMOs and if we don’t start to demand our government and bio-tech firms to listen to the evidence of these dangers.  The movie makes you ask the question, “Is it worth the risk?”

I can’t possibly cover everything in the movie.  I can’t even attempt to convince you to join me in the fight against GMOs.  After I finished the movie and I was all worked up while telling my husband about GMOs, it didn’t go well.  My husband is an engineer and is very analytical.  I’m an actress and I am very emotion based.  Sure I like to see the evidence, which I feel Genetic Roulette presented well, but I don’t remember the facts and figures.  My husband wants facts and figures.  We ended our conversation with me saying, “Dude, just watch the movie for yourself.”  I say it to you now – Watch the movie for yourself!  You can watch the movie here. (It is here free for today only – Saturday, June 15th.)  I would like to share a few of my emotional take aways from my viewing of the film.

Garden

The garden this year on my Aunt’s farm.

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) is supposed to be there to protect US citizens from harm.  A GMO has had its DNA altered.  When GMOs were first presented to the FDA for approval in 1992, the FDA insisted there was no information showing greater concerns with people eating these new organisms.  By 1998, multiple secret documents were found to prove the opposite to be true.  Multiple scientists in 1992 had said each plant needed to be evaluated case by case since they were all different organisms and studied to document the results of them on people.  What happened?  The FDA says it is the bio-tech companies responsibility to insure their products are save for people.  The bio-tech companies say it is the FDA’s reasonability to ensure the food is safe.  Basically NO ONE is watching out for the safety of the American people’s food source when it comes to GMOs!  This fact alone should be enough for the American people to be outraged and demanding changes.

I was shocked to find out there are only 9 GMO crops but they and their derivatives make up about 70% of the items found in a grocery store.  Wow!  70%!  No wonder these bio-tech companies have big wallets to pay the government to turn a blind eye.

When I look at the way the world has changed in my 40 years it makes me think we should be much healthier.  Why are infant mortality rates actually rising?  What about the rising of IBS, Allergies, Auto Immune Diseases, Cancer?  With all we know, shouldn’t it be improving?  Then you look at one of the biggest factors to change in the last 40 years and it is our food.  GMO food is not a natural food.  Proper long term testing has not been done.  We are the long term testing plan.  I think we are seeing the results and they are not good.  I suffer from IBS, allergies, insulin resistance and the most heart-breaking unexplainable infertility.  Did you know the infant mortality and infertility rates of pigs skyrocket when the pigs are being feed GMO crops?  When they are switched to NonGMO crops their infant mortality and infertility rates decrease?  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

Please, don’t take my word!  Go watch the movie for yourself!  Tell me what you think.  Read about GMOs.  Look into the number of politicians from both parties in bio-tech firm’s pockets and how they used it to get themselves free reign of the GMO food market and the American citizens dinner table with the Monsanto Protection Act.  I am a Kansas farm girl from a long line of Irish farmers going back to the old country.  I love farms, farming and farmers.  It saddens me to see so many farms dying off or being killed off by the aggressive tactics of bio-tech companies.  Read about farmers fighting back.    It is time we explored the evidence and started talking about GMOs.

Watering Plants

 

My daughter watering our tomato plants.

I’m not going to be diving in risking it all on my health anymore.  I’m going to get Lady Luck and take her to the farmer’s market to score some local NonGMO food.  Do I know all there is about GMOs?  No.  Do I have all the evidence?  No.  Is it possible I am wrong?  Yes.  Is it worth the risk of my health?  No.  Is it worth risking my daughter’s health?  No.

6 thoughts on “Genetic Roulette”

  1. I am going to watch that movie. I tend to be distrustful of what I read on the internet. But now that I’ve typed that fact, the thought occurred to me that I can access scientific articles on GMOs via J-Store at the library.
    I will say that it has bothered me a great deal the way Monsanto and other large corporations have bullied and put Farmers out of business.
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    1. I’m with you. I’m typically very skeptical. My decision on GMOs has come from research and personal experience which is why I tend to not push my opinion but to share sources of good information so others can make their own choice, too. :-) I how you got a chance to see it.

  2. Okay – well, now I am going on the hunt to find that movie – because I missed Saturday’s deadline.

    “What about the rising of IBS, Allergies, Auto Immune Diseases, Cancer?”

    UM YEAH – THAT’S WHAT I’D LIKE TO KNOW! I really need to get informed about GMO’s like immediately.

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