The wonderful banana is often used as proof that GMO is perfectly alright and beneficial, however this is erroneous comparison at best. The natural banana is small and full of seeds while the one we buy at the super market has been selectively bred to be larger and contain no seeds. The difference between the process in which a banana has gone through and GMO is that it is the culmination of selective breeding between pairs which are compatible and thus arise traits over time.
But when you mix two things which are entirely incompatible by artificially inserting genes to give such an organic product traits which would not have arisen through natural selection or breeding, we're talking about Genetically Modified Organisms.
Can we breed two different bananas together to come out with a more desirable banana as a result? Absolutely. Can we put a tomato in a fishtank and breed them for a better tomato?
Well, if you can... more power to you.
That doesn't mean I'm anti-science... but what this means is that I absolutely believe that people have the right to know when their food is GMO and have the option of choosing for themselves whether they want to eat it. Obfuscating the facts with pseudoscience to call anything that changes at all a "GMO" is just as much of a disservice as all of the panic about GMO.
After all, by law you have to disclose the ingredients in your food products - so it's not a big stretch to disclose when you're using GMOs. The biggest problem (and why so many companies don't want to do it) is because they know darned well that the minute they say they are using GMO in their foods... they're going to lose customers. In much the same way as they try to hide the fact that they are using wood pulp and counting it as fiber in your bread because it's cheaper, or they are using pink slime in your hamburgers and chicken nuggets.
My definition of GMO is simple: If such a product could arise through selective breeding then it's natural. If such a product could not have arisen by that process, and in fact could never possibly happen without direct genetic intervention for a transplant (tomato in a fish tank), then we're talking about GMO and creating Chimeras.
I don't want to ban GMOs - I advocate for labeling foods as GMO when they are, and allowing market forces to decide if it's something the public really wants. If it's perfectly safe and you don't think people are going to have a problem with it... then why are they so scared to put the label on?
They're scared because they know you don't approve.
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