First I want to point out Ritz crackers/cheese snacks. On each package, it's labelled in small letters after the ingredients "This product is made on food proccessors which also make peanut products". This is what I'm advocating, not some huge health banner on the side which says "GE foods will kill you". As for deciding which foods do not contain GE products, how do you purpose to keep your knowledge current and accurate? By constantly reviewing every nutritional site on the web? Wouldn't it be much simpler if you were told in little letters under the ingredients that it contained GE products, and which ones if possible? Also, like sec said, canola is entirely genetically engineered. Selective breeding can have the same effects as outright genetic manipulation, take pedegree pure blooded dogs, for example. They're forced to breed within a certain gene pool, resulting in dogs who have strange genetic problems, less intelligence as would result from a more diverse breeding program.
As far as burgers go, that's a whole other debate. From the way the animals are treated, to the conditions they exist in, it makes me wish I would become vegan. Like Kurt Cobain said, 'yes I eat cow I am not proud'. Don't take me for a bleeding heart "save the environment, whales are more important than humans"(although that's up for debate, it's my opinion a large percentage of people are totally useless..not that there's really a purpose to exist, I guess). When you genetically manipulate -anything-, there are many factors which must be taken under consideration. The interaction of the plant/animal with the rest of the earth, what would happen if the GE stock was introduced uncontrolled into the environment, etc. It's my belief some GE products can be very useful, in specific instances, but they need to be more carefully evaluated and controlled. The way GE crops are released without much testing or forethought about their interactions with other crops and the environment is very reckless, and unecessary.
The statement about people picking the first box of cereal off the shelf..well, of course they don't. They choose whatever they like the best, or whatever their kids like, but how many people do you know who seriously put much thought into GE products, and their impact? As for consuming only canola(or GE food in general) free of foreign genes, how would you know which contains them if the products are not labelled? Excluding canola, which is all GE'd. Are you aware of the extent which GE products have permated our marketplaces, unbeknownst to the common American consumer? Almost all the milk you buy off the shelf contains Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone(rBGH). It's proven to be harmful to humans, yet it exists in our dairy supply because of a study which stated 100% of rBGH is destroyed with the way the milk is proccessed. This is incorrect, studies have been done where less than 15% of it is eradicated. http://www.purefood.org/rbghlink.html
Your final statement about the ultimate choice of what you consume being up to you is -exactly- the reason I advocate a labelling system. If you haven't, I recommend you perusing http://www.purefood.org, there is a lot of useful information on that site.
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