As much of us in the #ag community are aware, #GMO 's and #Monsanto are making headlines again. A study published by the International Journal of Biological Sciences stated that 3 maize GMO varieties MAY be toxic to the liver and kidneys in humans.
Oh boy, let the good times roll.....
Given the simple fact that Monsanto is involved and more and more consumers are paying attention to #food, the headlines played to both these. And did it ever get circulated, and fast. Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure:
Monsanto’s GMO Corn can lead to Organ Failure
Monsanto's GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals
And here is a blog post that shares another POV.
There is one distinct piece of information that I agree with. More testing should be done as we in the agricultural industry try to deliver on our promise to provide safe, healthy food for all.
I understand the strong feelings, but let's not let feelings guide us. Science should be our guide so we should all work towards strong, science based, statistically relevant studies.
There are positives and negatives to any approach, in any industry. Put aside your personal feelings for an entity. We should not disregard the potential of a technological advancement based on "your" (speaking generally) disdain of a publicly traded company. In order to keep companies from becoming to powerful, let's be sure that we utilize the existing system to increase competition in the marketplace. As is evident from this anti-trust workshop article, the system is doing what it is supposed to. I, for one, believe competition is critical as it keeps companies in check and allows farmers to strengthen their business based on how they operate their business. And whether you want to accept it or not, Monsanto does provide a great deal to research and development efforts, and not only to further their cause. I am not going to dig into policy as that is for another posting, but welcome any feedback on this point.
We should all keep interacting and providing facts, and yes opinions also. We are not all going to agree on everything - this is healthy and needed. We do not progress when all "speak to the choir". Let's continue to keep interacting both professionally and personally. Engage one another and agree to disagree on some issues. We can all learn if we remain civil with one another and not take media headlines as gospel.
Here is an example for you: After the study was published, @jambutter sent me this tweet:
@natejtaylor Happy New Year (belated) Nate. Curious about your thoughts on negative #GMO maize research findings.
That is a very fair question and prompted this blog post. Rob actually has a pretty good idea where I stand on #GMO 's. But, to be clear, my personal (can't stress that enough) opinion is that they are going to play a part in #agriculture as we move forward. That does not mean I think more testing shouldn't take place. It certainly should, by independent third parties, industry, and other groups. We, as consumers can take in all the data from all the sources and make a choice.
I welcome any and all feedback. If you have any relevant articles, input, studies, etc..pass them on. I truly love data. Data collection and analysis is how you "get to the other side of complexity."