While it’s been back and forth in the media for years, it was not until recently when Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have become one of the main battlegrounds in food. While I have my personal views on the topic, what makes this even more interesting is the fact that there is almost no research outside of cost analysis clarifying if GMOs in food are good or bad for the consumer. This means that the majority of reasons why people are anti-GMO is simply a gut feeling that genetically altering our food for any reason is simply a bad idea. I’m a very logical person, but even I defy logic when I have the choice between the two products and all other aspects are equal.
My point to write about this is not to sway a person one way or another, but to share what I've found to better understand how GMOs became a big part of our food cycle. I listen to a lot of NPR, and in the past months they’ve come out with a number of shorter pieces which talk on this point. There was a segment about how seed companies used to be much more independent, but now three organizations control half of the world’s supply. And on the other side, there is a story about new legislation being passed in Vermont and what it will change for labeling requirements around the country. While there are no definitive answers yet, it’s obvious that the GMO debate will not be leaving the spotlight anytime soon.