Episode 17 GMOs and You with Diana Reeves

GMO (Genetically modified organisms) foods are plants modified through gene splicing techniques. When they were first introduced, it was thought that they would solve the world’s hunger problems, although this has now proven not to be the case. With the emergence of weeds and bugs that are resistant to these modified seeds, farmers are now having to use special pesticides to save their crops. The safety of theses foods hasn’t been proven, and new studies are linking them to a growing number of health problems. Most developed nations require these foods to be labelled at the very least, but in North America, we do not. Dr. Risk will be speaking with Diana Reeves, founder of www.gmofreeusa.org to discuss the growing movement to label GMOs and the basic right to chose what is in your food.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • What is your organization?
  • How did you get involved in GMOs?
  • What exactly is a genetically modified food?
  • What is mixed with the plants to modify them?
  • How does that affect us?
  • What are the impacts on our ecosystem?
  • What are common GMO foods?
  • I know that corn is bred to kill insects when they eat it, what impact does that have on us?
  • What is your organization doing to bring awareness and education to this?
  • What studies are there showing that GMOs are safe?
  • Isn’t there an argument that in nature there is natural plant propagation, so GMOs are just an extension of that?
  • What are the government regulations about this?
  • There was a wave in Europe of crops being burned and a refusal to use GMOs, why are some countries embracing this, while in N. America we continue to use GMOs?
  • There is a lot of controversy about Glyphosate, can you tell us what that is?
  • Didn’t California list glyphosate as a toxic chemical?
  • What is happening as we are continuing to use glyphosate?
  • What is glyphosate doing to our plants?
  • Are we seeing certain health disorders linked to the use of glyphosate?
  • What happens when glyphosate gets in the air, earth and water?
  • How can a consumer protect themselves and their families?
  • How safe are organic foods? 
  • What can someone do if they want to take action to change this?
  • How can someone get ahold of you?