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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

“Is Your Food Being Poisoned?”

That’s the question being asked by Chuck Norris.  Yes, THAT Chuck Norris — birther, rightwing conspiracy theorist, columnist for WorldNetDaily and Townhall.com.  I’ve always admired his fitness and martial arts expertise (no, I never watched Walker:  Texas Ranger), but his political views are so far to the Right they’re off the charts.

But like they say, a clock that doesn’t work is right twice a day.  I’m glad more Americans are becoming concerned about the GMO/Frankenfood menace.  We need all the allies we can get, regardless of their views on other issues.

Chuck Norris writes:

“Can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered in any way that causes it to become detrimental to its consumer. In fact, that's what we call ‘food poisoning.’  But what about the genetic engineering, tampering or alteration of our food supply? If it causes bodily harm, even over the long haul, could that be considered poisoning?”

He then quotes Dr. George Wald, one of the first scientists to point out the dangers of genetically engineered foods:

“Recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering) faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth. ... Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors. ... For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.”

Chuck Norris continues with:

“Ask your federal representatives to support the new federal labeling bill, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would require the food industry to label all genetically engineered foods and ingredients. In addition, tell your representatives that corn and cotton must not be deregulated, because without strict controls, genetically engineered crops will encroach on non-genetically engineered crops, contaminating them and rendering the organic crops as non-organic.”

He also advises everyone to educate themselves on the dangers of GMO products and learn how to avoid purchasing these products unwittingly.

It’s all excellent advice.  Concern over food safety is certainly creating some strange bedfellows.

I hope Chuck Norris hasn’t alienated his Townhall.com readers.  Check out the comments at the end of the article.  (Be prepared to laugh, scream or kick your computer.)  Most of these commenters are either Monsanto employees regurgitating their corporate soundbites, or they flunked Kindergarten because finger-painting was too complicated.



Blogger Jerry Critter said...

What interesting is that nobody is saying don't produce GMO foods. Just tell us when something contains GMO foods and let US make the decision if we want to eat it. The objections about GMO labeling is all about profits, and nothing about health.

June 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Can GMO foods hurt you? Of course it can it was designed to resist insects. As for Chucky so sorry Monsanto has more clout in DC than you could imagine. But for us it's too late. Read the package label. Does it have corn syrup or modified food starch? Then it's more than likely GMO.

June 12, 2013 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Chuck is finding out what the rest of us could have already told him. Regardless of your credentials, they all turn and destroy dissenters.


June 12, 2013 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

It's very, very likely that I have eaten GMO foods. Probably all of us have here in the US. It is a crime against our bodies to be made test subjects without our knowledge or consent. Monsanto has too much power with republicans and democrats.

All I can do is try very hard to avoid these foods in the future and eat healthy now. I hope my body can repair or mitigate the damage done. Labeling would go a long way to driving GMO out of our food supply and help consumers avoid these "products".

June 12, 2013 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

I've got mixed emotions over GMO. Without the "Green Revolution" of the 60's-70's there's no telling how many more hundreds of thousands would have starved over the past several decades. Moving into a world soon to be populated by 7 billion people another green revolution is necessary to feed the world's population without totally denuding the planet. True, the root cause is too many people but it is what it is.
I don't like the idea of people fiddling with our food but there is no doubt that the earth's resources are depleted and I see few options to modified food.

June 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: That's exactly right. They can flood the universe with GMO frankenfood for all I care. I just want it labeled so I'll be able to not buy it.

Demeur: Anything derived from corn or soybeans is probably GMO. And the list keeps growing.

Erik: Yup, that's how the Right Wing operates. The tiniest disagreement over one issue, and you're a turncoat; a traitor to the cause.

Life: That's a good analogy. We've been made test subjects without our knowledge or consent. We need labeling; in the meantime we should do most of our shopping at health food stores, as expensive as they are.

Mr. C: I can see the purpose of GMO foods, as you described. Mostly I just want these foods labeled so we have a choice whether or not to buy them.

June 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa G. said...

I think these foods should be labelled so we have the choice of buying them or not. The long term effects of GMOs are not known.

That being said, I think ole Chuck has taken too many kicks to the head to have an opinion on anything.

June 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lisa G.: Agreed on both things. GMO products need to be labeled, and Chuck got kicked in the head too many times.

June 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa G. said...

Tom, I so Love you!

June 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM  

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