Dan Piraro is a funny man, and an intelligent one. He falls squarely on the liberal side of the political spectrum, and while I don’t always agree with his philosophies, I love his daily Bizarro strips. Recently he published this one…
… which points out the dangers inherent in Genetically Modified Organisms, commonly labelled “Frankenfoods.”
I’ve always been nervous about eating things whose genes have been tweaked – for example, corn that produces its own pesticide – because the deleterious effects of such things might not show up for generations. But Mr. Piraro then took a public journey of self-education which I found most enlightening. After he published this cartoon, he received a veritable Niagara Falls (slowly I turn!) of information from his readership, and apparently it was sufficient to get him to do a thorough examination of the issue within the boundaries of the time he could carve out of his life.
His summary of the experience is recorded over at his blog – and it’s well worth the read. The executive summary:
- Peer-reviewed science is generally reliable, although there are always some nuts among the berries.
- Humans have been genetically modifying foods for a long time (through natural breeding and selection processes) without giving us all third eyes.
- Everyone hates Monsanto – but not always for the right reasons.
- Do your own research, because the issue is not at all clear-cut.
I appreciate the effort that Mr. Piraro has gone to in presenting his findings to his readership – the links contained in his blog posts are a good place to start a serious study of the issue.
The Old Wolf has spoken.