Our very definition of food has changed drastically in the past 50 years or so. What is “food” to you? If we change something in the DNA of a soybean, for example, is it still food?
When I started learning about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), I couldn’t stop learning. It is difficult to ignore the biotech industry, especially Monsanto, the company that pretty much started the business of GM foods. “The World According to Monsanto” is one of my favorite documentaries that gives insight into this controversy. You can even watch it for free online! If you’ve ever been interested in the history, production, and regulation of GM foods, I encourage you to watch this film, ask questions, and read more online (be patient through the lady at the computer searching on the internet parts– the information is totally worth it).
While you are watching, keep this question in the back of your mind: “Who or what is truly benefiting from GM foods—corporations, consumers, our health, the environment, the farmers, or someone/something else?”
I would love to hear your thoughts after you’ve watched!