Know the dangers of genetically modified foods
Re: (‘Learn more about non-browning Arctic apple,’ Sept. 20):
I have recently sent a letter to Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod regarding the non-browning Arctic apple and my concerns with this genetically modified (GM) apple seed affecting organic apple farming in the Okanagan.
I have copied it below.
I would also like to mention the Sept. 20 article in KTW did not mention anything about the Arctic apple being genetically modified.
I feel that is a very important piece of information for readers to know.
Dear Mrs. McLeod:
Thank you for your reply.
I appreciate there are proper procedures followed that are meant to ensure the safety of these GM apples for human consumption and the environment, but can the safety for all truly be measured 10 to 15 years into the future?
Is it fair to our children’s future?
I am a certified horticulturist and have some knowledge of the cycle of natural seed distribution in the environment.
The most beautiful and natural thing that takes place right under our noses, and continues life year after year, is a miracle in itself.
However, it is the organic farmers themselves who are more aware than all of us as to what threats lie ahead for their farms and the future of organic seeds.
They are the ones who should be listened to.
I feel the rigorous assessments made are still lacking when these decisions are life-changing for our environment.
How much do they lean on the side of Mother Nature over science?
Even though the threat of these GM seeds to be pollinated (by bees, rather than wind) with other organic crops may be limited, it is never going to be 100 per cent preventive.
This is where I feel the safety assessment fails.
Mother Nature does not work that way.
Pollination is supposed to happen in nature and there are various methods that she will use, including insects, wind and water, to make it happen.
It is a process that works perfectly — and, to think that having an apple that doesn’t turn brown is more important than the cause and effect this will eventually have on organic-seed farming is turning a blind eye to the truth.
If I can make any suggestions at all, it would be for politicians and members of Parliament to please educate themselves further on the cycle of natural-seed distribution vs GM seeds — and to really open their eyes and ears as to how this will change the course of organic seeds and farming in the Okanagan.