Professor Susan Bardocz PhD - Do not Put it In

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Do not Put it In, If you don’t know how to take it out

Professor Susan Bardocz PhD

Our diet influences our health. How nutritious our food is depends on the way it is produced. Agricultural practices determine our health.

From 1940 onwards, new agrochemicals were introduced into crop production and farming changed to industrial agriculture. Since then the main aims were to increase farm outputs, and quantity became more important than quality. Content of vitamins and minerals in intensively-grown crops sharply decreased. It has been forgotten that agriculture is not only a job for the farmers, it is also a way of feeding the people.

A new era started when genetic engineering of crops was introduced. Farming now increasingly becomes ‘pharming’. Two main traits were engineered into food and feed crops: herbicide tolerance, and the ability to synthesize the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins, effectively converting the crops into a pesticide factory.

The current safety assessment of GM crops is woefully inadequate. Secrecy and misinformation is the rule adopted by the biotech industry and their regulators. They have not learned it yet, but if you do not know how to take a gene out, do not put it in! To get our health back we have to turn to organic foods.

The Bio-tech industry looks to be determined to force GM foods into the global food chain. Are we on the brink of implementing irreversible modification of Human DNA?

Filmed at The Alternative View 2 Event in London - May 2009