Are GMOs a Threat?
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
We've all heard the arguments against allowing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. There are lawsuits against Monsanto, farmers boast of non-GMO seeds,
and non-GMO labels on many food products. But how does this genetic engineering of food really affect our bodies, or the environment, or the economics of food production?
Berkeley environmentalist Nathanael Johnson studied with some professors concerned about GMOs in grad school and cheered on his organic CSA box farmer when he lambasted GMOs in his newsletter. Then he wrote a book interrogating the idea that what is natural is healthy - essentially looking for scientifically rigorous ways to justify his family's natural-living tendencies. That got the attention of an editor at Grist Magazine who asked him to bring that same big picture approach to an inquiry on GMOs. He thought it would be an article or two. Instead it was 26 over 6 months. Johnson had some questions and found many answers - not all of them what we might expect to hear!
We are thrilled to have Johnson share his research with us in a discussion on Zoom on Tuesday, June 2 from 11am-12pm. We will share a link to the Zoom call the day before and the day of, so hope you'll tune in to listen, ask some questions and learn a lot more about GMOs.