The Father of Modern Genetics, Gregor Mendel, Received Praise for His GMO Work
It’s been several months since I’ve written anything because there has been so little interest in what we are trying to establish here at ConstitionalSense. Everyone seems to agree and complains about what the government is doing, but in the end never take the time to get involved.
And I’m certainly not going to take the time to determine the risk factors of all GMO’s. I’m not here to tell you whether GMO’s are good or bad for you. I simply want to point out the ridiculousness of what the media perpetuates and what people seem to be willing to blindly follow. Mendel’s pea pods were the first GMO’s documented. But in reality, any time in the past that humans have cultivated plants in a garden they have been modifying the natural selection process. Mendel is just the first to document his work for the specific purpose of modifying inherited genes. Interestingly, many modern sciences that have advanced the field of medicine and improved human healthcare credit Mendel for their ability to progress. When I think about the use of the term “natural selection” I find it interesting that people view animals’ and pathogens’ effects on plants as natural, but humans’ effects on plants as unnatural. I thought we were animals too. What do you mean by natural? I’ve seen a group of fox naturally eat all of the rabbits until there were no more rabbits to eat and their own population began to starve to death. I’m sure the genes of the faster rabbits were promoted, but I’m not sure that this created any more chance of some mutant gene that would release a pathogen or create a super rabbit to kill all of the foxes. Nature can do that on its own without the effect of the foxes.
People are confused about what GMO represents because people get all of their information from the media and the understanding of Science has been devalued by our educational system. People haven’t been taught to be as smart as what used to be a “natural” necessity. When America was free, you had to be intelligent to make your way. So, the truth is that the majority of people probably have no idea what GMO means or anything about genetics. Genes are naturally created by the organism. The genes that are being selected for plants are genes that already exist in the plant or in nature. There is no lab creating mutated genes with special properties releasing them into the environment, or at least not to public knowledge (or my knowledge). God already does that every day in this world. The mutation of genes and their promotion because of superior characteristics are why Evolutionists exist who try to discredit God in the first place. Although, I acknowledge the fact that we are affecting this process, but we are a living part of this system. It is impossible for a part of a system not to have an effect on what has already been set into motion. As a result, the life expectancy of humans has increased greatly because of human manipulation. However, I am glad that people are concerned because human manipulation has also had many negative effects. But to insinuate that eating a natural gene from a natural food source is scarier than drinking a synthesized coke product or poisonous berry (which is natural by the way) doesn’t make sense.
People are always talking about the government trying to kill us with the food source and how horrible our food products are these days, yet we live much longer than our great grandparents who ate “healthy, natural foods” (not by choice but because that’s all there was). The theory doesn’t seem to go along with what we are experiencing, but I’m not about to address whether or not you should eat a Twinkie. [Here is a moment to explain a huge problem in society today. I don’t need a statistic, the government, or the media to tell me that the life expectancy of people is longer today than 100 to 200 years ago. I can look around me, make my own observations, and collect my own information to make that understanding. And the fact that you know one old man who lived to be 100 during the Civil War means absolutely nothing to the factual observation I made that our life expectancy is much longer now. However, that is another discussion.]
But the fact that people willingly and happily suck down synthetic medicines and pour synthetic chemicals all over and around their children on a daily basis is this discussion. Remember, I’m not here to defend GMO’s or tell you how to eat. I’m only here to point out the ridiculousness of the arbitrary concerns from the media and society. You question the eating of a natural gene that was selected for because of its desirable qualities but you’ll give your child a synthetic compound that is labeled with warnings about harmful side effects worse than the condition it treats just because your doctor prescribes it. The truth is that I don’t know if there are harmful side effects from eating GMO’s but I would like to know what it is that the GMO is producing that is not natural. Is it something you saw on CNN? GMOs contain genes that produce natural compounds. Whatever is inserted is still a natural gene that produces “Organic” products if it is being translated by the plant’s biological system. However, in most GMOs I don’t even know that they are inserting anything; they could just be using technology to select for genes (in which case there is nothing unnatural).
The other thing to think about is that when you eat a piece of rubber (something unnatural), our digestive system pushes it through. All substances are composed of just a few types of elements/compounds that will eventually be broken down either by our digestive system or nature. It is the arrangement of these elements and compounds that create different substances. Unless the GMO is being broken down into something that poisons our body, it can do no harm. But let me remind you that there are many natural plants that can be broken down into poisons that harm our bodies. This fear is something we should be concerned about whether our food is GMO or not. And I don’t see how GMO’s have presented a greater chance of this happening since they are natural genes from natural food sources. A pill on the other hand, is composed of synthetic compounds created in a lab. The compounds entering your body are typically not found in that arrangement anywhere else in nature. Further, most of these pills have already been documented to cause certain harmful side effects. So instead of fearing these pills, society has chosen to take out a vendetta on GMOs that have no known side effects. To reiterate, unless something is being inserted into the DNA to accompany the desired genes there is nothing unnatural about the GMO. If something extra were inserted, it would still be a gene created by nature. The only thing I can think is that when a gene is inserted possibly something unnatural was used to insert the DNA. But the truth is that most of our DNA is junk DNA anyways. So even if something unwanted were inserted it would probably not be translated and have no effect.
If GMOs were producing a toxin that had a harmful effect, it seems to me that with today’s technology it would be pretty easy to detect. In the same way as the next coca cola product, bacteria (and I remind you that there are numerous types of bacteria that our bodies require to be healthy), or pill that you are prescribed could be tested for toxins or harmful side effects before it is approved by the FDA. I don’t understand why people are acting as if there is something more to fear from GMOs in this aspect. Especially since some GMOs contain the same genes that are naturally found in the non GMO food source that has been eaten for thousands of years. I am in no way discrediting the concern that should exist if the GMO does contain something extra. I just don’t see where this information is being reported. People say GMO and assume something foreign is there. If something is in the GMO, surely its toxicity can be monitored in the same way as the toxicity of synthetic drugs and synthetic foods and beverages. For that matter, in the same way “Organic” peanuts were found to cause lethal allergic reactions in many humans. People seem to have forgotten that organic foods can be just as deadly (or deadlier) than anything synthetic that passes our digestive systems. If a peanut gene or anything ends up in the GMO you are eating, it needs to be monitored. But no differently than anything you eat needs to be monitored for allergens and toxins. I don’t have data, but I’d be willing to bet the toxicity from water pollution far outweighs the toxicity from anything in a GMO. And if you start talking about pesticides, the GMO doesn’t produce the pesticides so you are misplacing blame; a common practice these days in America.
As far as GMOs mutating into some monster (the other complaint I’ve seen in the media), I suppose it’s possible. I don’t feel like I’m knowledgeable enough about the process to predict the seriousness of this possibility. Different plant genes are being forcefully mixed. We are manipulating the natural process, but I suppose a monster could be created naturally regardless of what we do. Throughout evolution similar plant species have cross pollinated to produce new species without human interference. It seems to me that there are so many variables involved that predicting the future is impossible. I do know that science has been manipulating things for hundreds of years for the benefit of humans and the only monsters created were done so by evil people purposely. People applaud vaccinations and medicines that save them but for some reason want to hang this same process when it feeds them. People have been asking Science to intervene and manipulate the natural process to save them and improve conditions for so long and now all of a sudden have this objection. In reality, I don’t need statistics, a lab report, or CNN to tell me that I’m better off putting something in my mouth that I grew in my backyard verses some product centrally produced far away and distributed by some distant system that doesn’t know or care about my problems. Ironically, this theory of centralization and command is something that liberals normally applaud. The truth of the matter is that if people really cared about GMOs or what they put in their mouths it wouldn’t even be a discussion. Because they wouldn’t buy fast food and they would buy from their local farmers’ market. What they really want is for someone else to force someone to grow them fresh produce for the price of fast food (tax deductible for them and theirs of course).
Is curing humans of Polio any different from curing cotton of some pathogen? There are two concerns by the public: the GMO is dangerous to our bodies and a disastrous rogue plant species could be released into the environment. The majority of my discussion was regarding the first concern. The second concern has always been an ethics argument in Science. Altering the effects of natural disease, cross breeding species, and promoting the inheritance of certain genes can have unpredicted results. I just don’t understand why all of a sudden its taboo for only certain parts of science. It has always been a possibility that plant breeding could produce undesirable traits and for some reason it matters more now. I don’t discredit that messing with DNA should be a major concern. The Science does need to be held accountable. Yet, it must be noted that it is possible that some GMOs are perfectly safe and others aren’t.
The fact that the media without statistics or proof, without anything other than European disapproval, can convince you of the idea that GMO’s are more unhealthy or dangerous for your body than medications, fast food, or coke is interesting (something to think about). I don’t want you to accept GMOs blindly, but I also don’t want you to condemn them blindly; a common fallacy in current US (thanks to Facebook). I don’t think that you will ever find a situation in which the far right or the far left are actually correct. Normally, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. A picture on CNN, a statement (an opinion) you heard on FOX, the conclusions of an experiment that has procedure and calculation sections that you did not read, or something somebody told you that they read on the internet don’t prove anything. It was not my intention to give GMOs a clean bill of health. I simply wanted to point out how ignorant and contradictive the information and ideas are that the “politically correct” police and their liberal army are pumping into our society and schools. In many instances, their ideas are arbitrary and strictly apply to what they want and only when they want it.
There are no buttons on Facebook that say GUILTY or NOT GUILTY; nor should there ever be.