In recent years more and more people have become concerned that giant corporations are doing things to the food we eat that are bad for our human health, bad for agricultural animals, and bad for the environment.
A few giant corporations are tampering with the genetic makeup of food crops such as corn and soy. They are splicing into these food crops some genes from totally different species to kill weeds or insects, or to make the plants grow faster.
The changed crops are referred to as “genetically modified” (GM) or “genetically engineered” (GE).
Scientists are increasingly warning us of the dangers of this. While some aspects of the science are detailed, ordinary people can easily understand the basic facts.
Our guest for the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s October 2013 TV program is Sandra Lee, who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. For several years she has been educating herself about genetically modified organisms. She is skilled at explaining the science clearly in ways that ordinary people can understand. Sandra provides some visual images to illustrate the facts she shares with us during this hour.
Our TV interview begins by debunking the common assumption that any food that the government allows to be sold must be safe. Actually, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not routinely determine whether food is safe. We are largely at the mercy of whatever the food corporations say.