GMOs, the Time to Act is Now
I have been aware of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for quite some time now, but I never made the decision on their value. I was always questioning their value and their safety but I believed that this could be controlled and kept on the farm so to speak. Since graduating from college with a degree in Chemical Engineering, I have had a simple mantra, Never Trust Something Man Makes. Sure they can produce some very nice things, such as flat-screen TVs. Smartphones, sending a man to the moon (1969), but when they tried to work with natural biology, things have gone bad in a hurry.
A drug for morning sickness
Take the drug Thalidomide, as an example. It was developed in 1957 and later used as an anti-nausea drug to alleviate morning sickness. It worked very well but it had unknown side effects. Shortly after it was introduced, thousands of babies were born with severe birth defects. It turns out that thalidomide is a chiral molecule. A chiral molecule is a molecule that can be present as two distinct forms of the same chemical equation. Like your two hands. They are identical in many ways but they are mirrors of each other.
It turns out that one type is perfectly suitable for what its intended purpose was but the other caused the serious side effects. My point is that humans are currently incapable of understanding all the myriad of ways messing with nature can cause a catastrophe.
Now we are playing with DNA and RNA trying to convert a species to something more manageable. Do we really know the ramifications of this hubris?
Is GMO safe or not?
I will be reviewing a Docuseries that explores the safety of GMOs. As I mentioned at the start of this blog, I was undecided and willing to let things take their course until I had enough information to have an educated opinion. Now I realize that GMOs are more dangerous than anything man has fiddled with to date. Yes, I fully understand the ramifications of my statement. I think GMOs have the potential to devastate the entire world, not in a quick way like nuclear weapons but in a slow horrible way and in only a few generations. That is why I am saying YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS DOCUSERIES. Only a few episodes are available for free to watch them now. It may be that the producers see fit to run the series again. If they do, I will let you know. But for now, I will have to be satisfied with trying to give you a summary of each episode.
I will summarize each episode and post it under this main page as I finalize the text. I have purchased the series and when it arrives, I will review my summaries and update them as necessary. I have found the first of the series on YTube and link it below for your own viewing.
I highly recommend everyone to be informed on this critical subject.