Sunday, April 20, 2014

Genetically Modified

I get that modifying food for a growing nation, population and world has some logical reasons (crops having the ability to withstand droughts, or floods, or bugs, or pesticides) and so, there are some very real and reasonable arguments for genetically modified (GM) foods.

In fact, those who are pro-GM will argue that the GM seeds will help farmers grow more food – with the result of more profitable crops.  Nutrition-enhanced GM crops have the potential to help the under-nourished. 

Those who are anti-GM state the reason for hunger is really poverty, inequality, lack of access to food.  Genetically modified crops do nothing to address those core reasons.  And although the crops will be potentially fungus-proof (or whatever the issue may be), they will unwittingly cause destruction to animals or soil they were not meaning to simply by mucking with nature’s perfect balancing act. 

So, with both the pros and cons on my mind, I can not help but still feel weary.  Really weary.  And even with those very real and logical arguments that are pro-GM, and they do make sense, I still have this unease deep in my core. 

It may be as simple as any time we try to improve on what God has done (or Nature, or Spirit, or whatever you know to be the Higher power), we seem a bit in over our head. 

In my personal life, when I try to improve on God’s design, I can’t help but make it worse.  It’s not that I don’t go in with the best intentions, because I do.  I honestly believe and feel I can make it better.  

In the end, however, it’s just that I cannot possibly account for all the things I can not see.  And invariably, I miss something – and that something was a critical component in the balancing act. 

And I guess that’s my bottom line argument for my feelings on genetic modification of food. 

I just think Nature created it perfectly.  

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