Over the past two months I have been involved in conversations surrounding the GE Apple being developed in BC’s Okanagan with some folks from GE free BC and other concerned local farmers, growers and producers. By engaging in this discussion, my discomfort with GMOs was cranked up a notch as I began to see that its not just an American phenomena – some of my favorite companies’ ability to source organic produce is being effected, right now, right here in my own back yard. I immediately felt called to contribute in some way, but wasn’t sure how to approach such an intensely painful issue.
Now, with the latest developments surrounding the approval of unregulated GMO Alfalfa and the subsequent Whole Foods controversy, piled on top of the GE apple (and countless other crops), I am officially facing my fear of plunging headlong into the very darkness of the topic. I have an inner knowing that the reasons behind GMO food is not as simple as Monsanto will have the world believe, but I don’t have anything to back up this hunch. If you read the two articles I’ve linked to here, you can feel the opposing sides of the issue and how complicated it is to have a true understanding of the real consequences of GMO food. However, I have to start somewhere! I invite you to follow me on my journey to become a more informed consumer. I encourage any and all questions so that the reality of genetic modification can be more clear for everyone!
Over the next couple of weeks I will be interviewing, among others, Dag Falck from Nature’s Path and Wendy Wright from Okanagan Greens Society. Stay tuned for dates and more details!