Posted by: Mahdi Ebrahimi | December 13, 2009

Should We Allow Organics to be Genetically Modified?

The Food Chain Radio is a weekly radio and internet cast that debates a variety of food topics from food scarcity to Indians selling off land to food pirates to the debate overfarm raised versus fresh fish. Food Chain airs live Saturday mornings from 8-9am PST and anyone can call or login to interact with the day’s guests. The show is moderated and hosted by Michael Olson, a producer for several major television programs, as well as author of MetroFarm, the award-winning book that looks at metropolitan farming.

So why should we even consider genetically modifying organic food? The two guests, Pamela Ronald, Director, UC Davis Plant Genetics and Raoul Adamchak, Instructor of Organic Agriculture, UC Davis Student Farm and they plan to discuss the pros and cons and how something like that might even work. This week’s program is being billed as:

“They are married with children: She is the chair of the UC Davis Plant Genetics Lab and he teaches at the UC Davis Organic Farm. Their suggestion of a future filled with genetically-engineered organic foods leads us to ask… Should we allow genetic engineering into organic agriculture?Topics include why genetic engineering and organic agriculture have been legally separated by the Federal government; what opportunities allowing the technologies to commingle would provide; and given the traditional antipathies involved, how such an allowance could be made.”

Currently, to be labeled organic, a food cannot be genetically modified. While some proponents say genetically modifying food is the only way to feed the world’s population, particularly with increasing natural disasters like floods, changing rainfall and weather patterns, and droughts. Others say genetically modifying food makes the entire strain homogenous and susceptible to superbugs and leaves us with a more vulnerable, weak food supply. Are there species that we should consider genetically modifying? If so, how do we do this without allowing genetically modified crops to wipe out all other strains? Hopefully Ronald and Adamchak will have some answers, or at least a lively discussion.

To find out how to get involved or where to tune in, check out Food Chain Radio online.

Source: treehugger


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