Real issue in GMO debate comes down to choices

As the Great GMO Debate rages on, with each side claiming the other should check their facts before getting into the fray, the real issue at hand is being overlooked.

Frankly, I don’t care about the facts. I don’t even care if genetically-modified-organism-produced food is good for me or not. What I do care about is choices – my choices.

One fact that can’t be debated is that for the past 100,000 years or so our food source has come from real seeds from real plants. This has worked pretty well for me. I have been fortunate enough to live my life in places and at a time when good, wholesome food has been readily available. For the past many years I have chosen locally grown, pesticide-, herbicide- and fungicide-free fruits and vegetables – grown from seed – whenever possible and would like to be able to continue to do that. I would like my children and my children’s children to be able to continue to do that.

Therefore, for most of us, it comes down to choices. I realize that other parts of the world are less fortunate, and that GMO is no doubt a better option than starvation and has its place.

I want to be able to choose the food I eat, though. Please, if the bins at the supermarket are filling up with GMO products, label them as such so I can choose to consume it or not. That’s all I ask.

Michael Blaz