Sunday, March 17, 2013

Messing with Mother Nature - Dr. David Suzuki

For the past 30 years, Dr. David Suzuki has been recognized as an internationally-renowned environmental activist. An award-winning scientist and broadcaster, his acclaimed television documentaries — including the ever-popular The Nature of Things, which explains the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way — have been shown in more than 80 countries. A world leader in sustainable ecology, he is also the author of 30 books, including Introduction to Genetic Analysis, Genethics, and 10 children’s books. We recently spoke with Dr. Suzuki at the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Despite continued public concern, governments still support the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the food supply. The multi-billion dollar industry behind biotechnology stimulates the economy, but there must be risks. Are we being used as human guinea pigs?
Of course we are. We’ve been eating genetically modified food now for over five years. It’s in our food stream, but the consumer has no opportunity to make an informed decision because it isn’t noted on the labels. Government understands very well, as does industry, that if notice were put on the labels, the use of these foods would drop. So they make all kinds of excuses about how it’s too complicated, or it can’t be done, but we already put all kinds of things on labels. You know, we learned from experiments done on people during the ‘50s and ‘60s how we really shouldn’t put people into an experimental situation without first telling them and getting their permission. I think the terrible aspect of this is that we are involved in an experiment, and we’ve never been informed and never been asked.

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