As director of the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought I feel I must respond to Linda Davidson’s letter regarding GMO foods and pesticides (The Daily News, Jan. 4).
First of all, it’s irresponsible to equate the two. To tell folks that a genetically modified banana will have the same health effects as a deadly pesticide is just plain ignorant.
Monsanto and how it uses or doesn’t use these two items is another issue entirely, one which only clouds the real issue.
The reality is that the vast majority of science related to the safety of GMO foods conclusively tells us that they are in fact quite safe. You will not get cancer and die from eating a genetically modified apple.
If that were the case we would all be dead, because in case you didn’t know, almost all our food has been genetically modified. This has been done with selective breeding, etc.
So let’s not get caught in the trap of thinking that if Monsanto does it, it must be bad. Farmers and “organic” farmers do it as well.
Should these GMO’s be labelled? Yes, they should, of course. Producing a Roundup-resistant vegetable means by definition that it has been sprayed with Roundup and you should have the right to know that up front, and workers in any country shouldn’t be involuntarily exposed to such herbicides or pesticides, however foods that have been modified to be less palatable to certain insects or to produce higher yields are and should remain in a different category.
An apple that doesn’t turn brown as fast is of no danger to you or your children.
BILL LIGERTWOOD, director
Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought