Child’s coloring book too complicated for anti-gmo crowd

Recently Monsanto put out a coloring book for children explaining what biotechnology is. Some people have a problem with that. One of those people expressing concern is a columnist Christine G.K. LaPado-Bregliafor who writs for the Chico California newspaper, the Chico News Review.

In her column Keeping up with Monsanto, she writes, “the book is filled with a lot of disconcerting information about biotechnology, which largely has to do with genetically modified food, but nowhere in the book is the term “GMO” or the like mentioned. Instead, the friendlier-sounding “biotechnology” is the term of choice throughout the publication.”

Well, that’s what gmo is, biotechnology. GMO is a broad term that doesn’t necessarily refer to foods. If you want to be technically correct, the term that should be used is transgenic.

The UN defines biotechnology as any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.”

“This saves energy as well as the soil!”Tell that to those GM-crop farmers in the Midwest and the Southeast United States that are battling six-foot and taller “superweeds” that have developed a resistance to the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, after having planted genetically engineered “Roundup-ready” seeds.”

No weed has ever built up a resistance to an herbicide? Farmers have methods to prevent weed resistance. One of the main reasons these weed have become resistant is that farmers haven’t been following protocols and have been doing things like spraying only Roundup and too much of it. The idea is to use less.

Even more scary: “In the future, bananas could be grown with medicines inside them. This means people could grow their own banana trees to provide the essential medicines to protect against illness and disease.” I know I’m not alone when I say that I do not want to eat bananas “with medicines inside them.”

Oh my God! Run away! Run away! I wonder if LaPado-Bregliafor eats any food that has been fortified with? In any case, I don’t see what’s so scary about it? It may not be needed in the affluent western world, but this could help those in Third world where vaccine storage is not available.

Then we get to what I think is the bottom line:

Oh, by the way, the Council for Biotechnology Information is made up of the following members (are you ready??): BASF Plant Science, a biotech firm based in Germany; Bayer CropScience; Dow AgroSciences LLC; DuPont; Syngenta and … Monsanto.

It’s all about corporations. Corporations use the transgenic technology so it has to be bad. Even though they didn’t invent it. BUT, the internet was invented by the military and they use it so let’s label the internet!


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