Your Opinion: Food 'tweaking' safe

Dear Editor:

I realize that a lot of people are scared of what they eat, but GMOs are not the Frankenfoods that Robert Allen would lead you to believe.

There are groups out there that oppose GMOs like Greenpeace and the Organic Consumers Association and they fund research studies to give GMOs a black eye.

And there are groups who are pro GMO like AgBioWorld who fund studies that tout GMOs safety.

For every study that Allen can come up with that indicate serious health risks, I can come up with a study that either disputes the findings or supports GMOs safety.

He claims that the feeding of GMOs to animals causes a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems, infertility, immune problems, allergies and so on.

Here is what I know. As a pork producer and cattle raiser for almost 40 years, I think I can argue those claims.

Our hog operation is farrow-to-finish and we buy all of our corn and soybean meal. We grind and mix all of our feed. We have literally fed thousands of tons of corn and soybean meal in 40 years, probably 20 years before Bt corn and Round-Up Ready soybeans were introduced and 20 years worth of Bt Corn and RRbeans. We knew we were feeding both GMOs from the onset.

Never in the 20 years that we have fed GM products have we seen any adverse affects. You would think that after 20 years of a Frankenfood there would be some evidence and I have never heard any other pork producers voice any concerns.

As for the insecticide in Bt corn, it is not your garden variety, off-the-shelf type of insecticide. It is only the natural resistance within the corn’s DNA that has been allowed to emerge by “tweakiing” its DNA.

GMOs are a new frontier in food production. We have experienced these before and it is part of the process of evolution in agriculture.

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