Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have been chemically altered with DNA from other plants, bacteria, or viruses. These GMOs are not a product of nature or traditional cross breeding. GM plants are able to withstand more frequent and heavier applications of insecticides. That is the basic and foremost characteristic that GMO food provides. Because of increased use of insecticides, we now have “super bugs and weeds” that require even more insecticides. All of these chemicals find their way onto our dinner table. Incidentally, many companies that produce insecticides also produce GM seeds.
GM plants can also be engineered internally to become toxic to bugs. Because of this, less external application of insecticides are necessary. The first couple of years results in higher yields of crops in poorer countries where insecticides are too costly. But then the bugs and weeds over there will adapt in years to come as they have here, and it will be an on-going dependency on GM seeds which is great for large agricultural seed and insecticide producers, but not so good for non-GMO farmers who will find these “super bugs” at their doorsteps.
GM plants are not more drought resistant nor are they nutritionally any better than non-GMO plants. In fact, many varieties of drought-tolerant and biofortified non-GMO plants are available. Although GMO producers are anxious to get on this bandwagon and out perform the non-GMO varieties, I cannot find where GMO producers have done this yet to any remarkable degree.
Human and animal health concerns about eating so many GMO foods that use higher applications of insecticides are substantial. GMO food is suspected of increasing all sorts of health problems, allergies, cancer, and even death in unsuspecting folks who have been buying GMO food without realizing it, and in farm animals eating GMO-produced feed. US federal regulations do not require GMO labeling, so concerned consumers have banded together to provide a non-GMO label.
Eighty percent of our food supply in the US is GMO food. That means that we are eating a lot of toxic chemicals. Most of our meat supply is from GMO corn-fed beef. Still worse, GMO is big business that some fear will allow a monopoly control over the world’s food supply because of our dependence upon toxic chemicals. Until these concerns are addressed, GMO food is of no benefit to us and is better avoided. Many countries do not allow GMO food and even some developing countries have refused GMO food donations. Organic food does not use these toxic chemicals, nor is it legal for organic farmers to use genetically modified seed or feed. Right now, organic, non-GMO labeled food is your healthiest bet.
Wouldn’t it be great though, if we did have permanent bug resistant, drought-resistant, nutritionally fortified food? But we do! It is Jesus Christ, our spiritual food. He is the Bread of Life, whoever comes to Him will never hunger spiritually because He is revealed and continues to reveal Himself to any believer (John 6:51). He is the Living Water so that when we believe that He is the Son of God, we become a spring of living water gushing up to eternal life (John 4:13). Jesus is our armour against all sin common to man and gives us power over sin (James 6:10-17) and forgives any failures (Matthew 26:28). We may not have come as far as we would like to in our food supply, but spiritually we have more than enough through faith in Jesus Christ.
“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”