THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
— Wendell Berry
I would like to know how my readers feel about eating GMOs- so please take 2 seconds to answer. This post was prompted by the latest food documentary GMO OMG. Which, by the way, is probably like the upteenth movie to try to raise awareness of the horrors of GMOs. I don’t know anything, but what I think is that GMOs are a direct attack on the essence of human existence: food.
Take away the environmental, economic and political risks. What you have left is a threat to the agricultural age. Why is this a threat? I don’t know…splicing genes to make corn produce it’s own pesticide? Whatever happened to traditional methods of farming that protect naturally against pests? How is biotechnology going to feed the world, exactly? Why don’t you take the billions of dollars of biotech research and I don’t know…give people food? Stop stealing their land? Stop speculating food and gas prices so that food is accessible other than the dollar meal at McDonald’s- which BTW is the real destination for GMO corn (not these starving children the biotech industry claims to be feeding). Don’t people realize that to genetically engineer agriculture…takes resources in itself? Clean water and electricity to run the facility? Plastics which end up in the trash or demand petrol? The world is a never ending paradox!
What I will say is that at a certain point, food as we know it will cease to exist. Soylent Green will become a reality. I bet many of my readers will have an argument for GMOs.
Go ahead, allow these corporate entities destroy human agriculture and mute our voices (see Perry Schmeiser case) . Let’s see how the future feels about that.
Yours in cynical sarcasm,