It is a safe wager that in the upcoming presidential election neither Obama nor Romney will be talking about GMO’s (Genetically modified organisms used in producing food). While third party candidates like Jill Stein actively warn of the dangers of GMO food, and while Senator Bernie Sanders calls for a minimum regulation at least requiring GMO food to be labeled such. Meanwhile, Obama has been busy appointing key men from Monsanto (the lead producer of GMO foods) like Michael Taylor and Islam Siddiqui to major cabinet positions in the FDA.
While the culture war is more concerned about access to contraceptives, a recent scientific report suggests that GMO’s might be the most effective form of birth control. Rats fed a diet high in GMO-based foods appear to lose all ability to reproduce after three generations:
Of course, a great number of foods that Americans eat have at least some GMO contamination. It is very difficult to find out which food brands do and do not have GMO contamination. And all too often it turns out that those foods which are safe are also the more expensive. It turns out that sterilization for the poor and other Eugenics programs don’t need to be enforced: They will take effect de facto as poor people can only afford the most damaging products in the “food” supply.
Given the dangers that GMO based foods appear to threaten our society with, maybe the United States Council of Catholic Bishops should speak out about the morality of GMO-based foods.