Get genetically modified poison foods out of my body!
This is perhaps the best public-interest rap I've heard in years.
I know just how this guy feels. Genetically modified food is everywhere!
I tried to swear off foods with human-altered genetic traits. I had to give up wheat -- and not just the drought-resistant strain that scientists are developing so that India can continue to feed its expanding population -- but plain old wheat, which humans preferentially bred from tall grasses in the Fertile Crescent. Who did those Sumerians think they were? Utu, god of Sun and justice?
Beef, corn, rice, you name it -- humans tainted all of them centuries ago. For a while, all I was willing to eat was salmon that I caught with my own mouth in the Shasta River, until I found out that some scientists are trying to genetically alter some salmon, too -- and for what? Just to prevent us from overfishing the species into extinction, or something.
Really, we need to get back to our hunter-gatherer days, when we didn't disturb the natural order except to kill the odd stag and occasionally die off because of some plague or another.
Barring that, I think this GMO rapper fellow would be happier if, instead of using modern technology to quickly and precisely preference the traits we're interested in, we just kept on genetically altering crops over the course of many generations, and then only maybe getting the mutations we want -- who knows, perhaps a few more, too! -- after years of unnecessarily painstaking selection. How could Indian politicians be so keen on getting reliably drought-resistant wheat quickly? Their population is only growing by 18 million a year. With Europe still uncomfortable with genetically modified foods, can't they eat cake -- made from marigolds and betta fish -- in the meantime?
| October 15, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories: Stromberg | Tags: Stephen Stromberg
Save & Share: Previous: Friday p-Op quiz: 'brainwashed' edition
Next: The Weekly Standard (sort of) defends Obama
Posted by: 1toughlady | October 16, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Riograd | October 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: RobertPalmer27 | October 16, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Riograd | October 16, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: geoffmcguinness | October 17, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: ESTEELE25 | October 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Hyperlocal | October 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Greent | October 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: SuburbanCuurmudgeon | October 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse