Dr. Oz and the GMO Debate Part 3

Dr. Oz and the GMO Debate Part 3

In theb a href="http://searchingforsustenance.blogspot.com/2010/12/dr-oz-and-gmo-debate-part-1.html"first part of The Dr. Oz Show Segment on GMO foods/a/b, the discussion began about non-GMO food labels and a short education of what GMO actually means. In the a href="http://searchingforsustenance.blogspot.com/2010/12/dr-oz-and-gmo-debate-part-2.html"bsecond part/b/a, Dr. Oz began a discussion with three expert panelists discussing the viewpoint of both proponents and opponents to the GMO debate. Here, we will take a lok at the third and final part of the segment.br /br /bDr. Oz Takes the Conversation International and Then, Back to Labels/bbr /ba href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/genetically-modified-foods-pt-3"Genetically Modified Foods, Pt. 3/a/b (The Dr. Oz Show video clip is 4 minutes and 11 seconds long) br /br /Dr. Oz continued to probe the one proponent of GMOs on his panel, Dr. Pamela Ronald, by taking a look at the international community. He raised a pretty good question.br /div style="text-align: center;"iWhy are GMO crops banned in a number of  European nations?/i/divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/t7jfU-2SWyA/TQByM3G9SHI/AAAAAAAAAHg/QAEm2cRpHpk/s1600/gmo+banned+crops.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"img border="0" height="287" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/t7jfU-2SWyA/TQByM3G9SHI/AAAAAAAAAHg/QAEm2cRpHpk/s400/gmo+banned+crops.jpg" width="400" //a/td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"image from The Dr. Oz Show originally aired on 12/7/2010/td/tr/tbody/tablediv style="text-align: left;"iThis/i is the point where I always start to take sides. Perhaps I am being naive in some way, but iwhy/i would an entire country ban a farming practice if it was safe? Dr. Oz asked this question - I just wished some scientist from one of these countries could have been there to answer. All we can do is speculate./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"And then Dr. Michael Hansen, piggy-backing off of Dr. Ronald's statements about using the best science for determining GMO safety in part 2, piped in and said what isomeone /ineeded to say during this entire debate:/divblockquotediv style="text-align: left;" "One thing that should be pointed out is that we do need more science... in ithis /icountry... the FDA does not require any extra safety testing at all."/div/blockquotediv style="text-align: left;"This, of course, had me thinking, again, about that pesky a href="http://searchingforsustenance.blogspot.com/search/label/food%20politics"bFood Safety Bill/b/a and whether or not it truly was up to snuff. I am going to have to go back into that one and see if there are any things I would like to speak out about before it makes it to the House of Representatives.  /divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"To finish the segment, the conversation turned back to labeling and what the benefits are and what the drawbacks might be. They each can be summarized quite simply. The labeling of GMOs benefits us with informing us, we then have the opportunity to use our "capitalist vote" to decide what types of food we wish to support and, ultimately, consume. The drawbacks of any labeling system are two-fold; (1) iwho/i does the labeling, and (2) the limitations of the labeling process. Even the a href="http://searchingforsustenance.blogspot.com/2010/12/dr-oz-and-gmo-debate-part-1.html"bNon-GMO Project we looked at in Part 1 of this series/b/a, clearly states on their website that they can not guarantee that the products labeled non-GMO are 100% GMO free.So we are left, once again, making a leap of faith, only this time, when armed with a label the leap should be over a puddle, not the Atlantic Ocean!/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"bMy Final Thoughts About The Dr. Oz Show's Panel on GMOs/b/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"First of all, I am extremely happy that Dr. Oz devoted a segment of his show to this topic. I wish it were the entire episode, but there was a lot of info in this half of the show, regardless. When I first found out about this show, I was excited at the prospect of hearing Dr. Pamela Ronald's viewpoints, but, due to lack of time I feel my curiosity is not yet satiated. I think, due to this fact, iTomorrow's Table/i is going to be on my reading list. I am also curious about Dr. Michael Hansen's work and will be on the lookout for more word from him, as he seems to be a rational man opposed to GMOs, rather than an extremist opposed to GMOs (iI/i believe there is a significant difference)./divdiv style="text-align: left;"b /b/divdiv style="text-align: left;"For now, personally, I am still going to try to maintain a GMO-free diet when possible on my search for sustenance. I have two chronic conditions, one of which is idiopathic (unknown origin) in nature and I don't believe I have the body or the time to waste iwaiting/i for science to decide which way to go. So, unless some GMO seed is going to cure a href="http://www.ihrfoundation.org/"bIntracranial Hypertension/b/a or eradicate a href="http://www.ccfa.org/"bCrohn's disease/b/a from my family tree, I'll take my genes unmodified, thank you./divdiv style="text-align: left;"bbr //b/divdiv style="text-align: left;"bResources, Links & Further Info:/b/divulli Even iMORE /iresources from a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/question?query=genetically%20modified&type=droz"bThe Dr. Oz Show about Genetically Modified Foods/b/a/liliA must read: ba href="http://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2010/12/drozprescribesnon-gmodiets.php"Dr. Pamela Ronald's Response to her time on The Dr. Oz Show/a  /b/liliSearch results of a href="http://www.synomia.com/sitesearch/consult5/index.php?mid=a3c1fd3c5585a5303ceaee238d3cbc4c&l=en"bDr. Michael Hansen's writings for iConsumersUnion.org/i/b/a/liliOpportunity to a href="http://www.foodieblogroll.com/contests/comment-to-win-a-copy-of-seeds-of-deception"bwin a copy of Jeffrey Smith's iSeeds of Deception/i/b/a bibr //i/b/liliBooks written by people on the show:/li/ul

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