Human intervention in growing food crops is really part of our history. For hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years, we have modified and improved crop varieties to meet our ever-evolving tastes and needs.
Many will be watching closely as the Big Island continues the fight today, with a bill that would prohibit the production of GE crops. And while GMO seeds haven't been as widely introduced on that island, concerned residents there aren't waiting around.
Lobbyists for leading pesticide and junk food companies aren't very creative, at least when it comes to fighting labels on genetically-engineered foods. The current effort Washington State against labeling is looking strikingly similar to last year's in California.
Consumers who attempt to make "responsible" buying and eating decisions might want to reduce their purchase of GM food products for any one of a number of reasons. Or they might not. But in order to make that choice, labeling of GM products would be required.
The research related to GMOs can be hard to sort through. One study may find health problems in animals, but then proponents and biotech scientists say the study is flawed. But are there any scientists that question the safety and effectiveness of GMOs?
Do you have any cereals, crackers, cookies, snack bars, soy milk or baby formula? How about anything with corn syrup or processed food made from corn? If so, you are probably eating food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
At a time when consumers are turning their backs on industrialized farming systems -- and genetically modified (GM) farming in particular -- the new report raises real questions about exactly what people are paying for when they buy organic milk.
One way we can expand the benefits of biotechnology is to develop regulatory systems based on science, not politics. Impractical legal obstacles are stopping genetically-enhanced crops from saving millions from starvation.