Health or Health Hazard?
GM Crops and Microbes for Health or Public Health Hazards?: “Food crops genetically modified to overproduce single nutrients could be a public health hazard as overdose of many single nutritional factors are known to be toxic.
In the guise of nutritional benefits and health foods, products like genetically modified gut bacteria that could turn them into pathogens pre-adapted to invade the human gut. A lot of work involving genetic modification is in progress, targeting every aspect of nutrition and health.” (adapted from Institute of Science in Society Press Release)
Although the in-exact science of manipulation and modification of genetic material in order to produce the weaker GM organisms that have unusual and often unpredictable characteristics, may perpetuate the imbalance in distribution of resources to pharmaceutical and chemical industries… the question is does it work? I mean we can manipulate genes in the name of health till the cows come home, but it doesn’t mean it won’t over time contaminate the entire food chain and consequently destroy us as a species despite calling a spade, a rake.
Instead of raking our inheritance of genes over the coals, Body’Fit Life proposes that if we want to survive, we will need to arrange our economic system to work within the pre-established pattern for a body fit life… ie. there’s a reason for what’s evolved here. Rather than disrupting the balance of the natural world, Body’Fit Life puts it’s energy into supporting, restoring and protecting that balance, with the perfect pre-established pattern of the human body as the template.
It’s no secret our health isn’t what it used to be. Obesity, heart and degenerative disease are at an all time historical high…. yet we continue to live longer than our counterparts in previous centuries. Why?
Think about it, oxygen levels in the atmosphere were double what they are today just 200 years ago. The runaway chemical and synthetics industry was not yet born. People’s immune systems didn’t contend with herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, super flu viruses, and pollutants of astronomical porportions. They didn’t have microwave ovens that accelerate water molecules to billions of rotations per second (the faster the blades go the more cutting power they have) making fast food toxic to health. Nuclear irradiation of food was undreamed of (can you imagine the panic it would have caused). And the deliberate derangement of molecules by clever GMO scientists was unfathomable.
We’re aging faster but living longer. And the only reason longevity is still relatively high, at least to this point, is because we live better. Most of us don’t have to work ourselves to death to make a living, most of us aren’t constantly threatened by a waring tribe, we don’t get extremely cold living or working without central heating, we aren’t sleeping in the dirt or living in hovels without running water… we are enjoying the fruit of labour of those who have.
Longevity is not the product of anything particularily smart about what we’re doing (it’s certainly not due to our addiction to anti-biotics and drugs with endless side effects). No, contemporary longevity is the product of privilege. It may seem like we’re getting something for nothing, but when our inheritance runs out, so will our lack of self responsibility need to. And I should think we’ll need some precise scientific solutions that fit with the re-established laws of nature, won’t we?