GM Wheat Raises Questions With No Easy Answers
May 31, 2013
The recent discovery of bio tech wheat in Oregon has raised concerns both here and with some of our global customers. Opponents of GMO's continue to question the safety and testing of these products. They claim there hasn't been enough testing done and what has been done is tainted by influence of bio tech companies. Although these products have now been used and tested for several years we are still in the early stages of this technological evolution. Skepticism and criticism aren't unusual during a period of change such as this but there is a major difference this time. In the past independent research, often done on college campuses, helped answer questions and concerns. Now that research and those researchers face a credibility crisis. Funding is needed to do the research and university budgets, already tight, no longer provide researchers the luxury of working without new revenue sources. Often that funding now comes from the companies making the products being tested. A researcher now has to be a fund raiser at the risk of losing credibility. In today's society people often tend to believe the negative so they assume a researcher will not reach a conclusion that jeopardizes future funding. While I have no doubt that sometimes happens, I still believe that if there is a major health risk in these products it will be found and reported. I just don't believe all these researchers are on the take. However people on both sides have become so entrenched in their positions they won't listen to any evidence they don't agree with. Issues such as crop segregation and seed ownership still need to be addressed so we can move forward. Feeding a growing population will be hard enough even with this technology and maybe impossible without it.