I have some of the information already, there are sites that list natural and GMO information for produce, but they aren't easy to find, and why should it be necessary to hunt for information, especially when prepared foods don't list 'Red Beauty' tomatoes, just tomato.... and you don't know what kind.
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
The promise of GMO foods was, for example, a potato that would grow twice as large in half the time in near desert conditions. This could be a boon to humanity, and could ensure that there is food for all.
However, in practice GMO foods are primarily for profit protection and cornering the market on food.
- terminator seeds are the main modification; the plants created by the seeds are themselves sterile meaning you gotta buy seeds each year. Genetic sterility, hopefully it doesn't interfere with the sterility of the consumer.
- "roundup ready" drinks pesticides and herbicides, in theory allows for less needed chemicals... In practice, farmers are more liberal with chemical usage because it won't damage the desired plants.
- BT; mainly corn... BT is a fungus that is a safe natural pesticide... However, when the pesticide is produced b the plant that raises a potential concern.
Are they safe??
Well, Monsanto (the primary GMO food producer) has a policy for the past 10 years banning GMO foods from the cafeterias. In other words, the scientists making this product refuse to consume said product... That's all the statement I need.
The process of inserting DNA into the host plant uses a specially modified virus- usually a particularly nasty one as they have a high penetration coefficient than 'nicer' viruses. The process is not like human fertilization, no one egg getting the DNA added by hand but a batch process- which has a failure rate just like our artificial cross pollinating.
What some fear is we will have Ebola in /whole corn/veggies/eggs like we now have salmonella or Ecoli. Inside not on.
As an aside- cigarettes nicotine and cancer was studied with two very opposing camps thinking they were correct.
And as a rancher I'd say this isn't a war against corporate farming but a battle to try and keep major corporations like Monsanto from controlling farming through the holding of patents.
Oh and that whole Ebola thing....