“Precision of Language, Please!”

Precision of Language, pleaseWhen researching for a lecture on GMOs, I ran across Monsanto’s website. They have absorbed the word “sustainable,” and they are applying it to their genetically modified products!! I have since stopped using the word, since I can no longer do so with the conviction that it means what I thought!

Confusing? Sorry! I just think our choice of words is very important. If a word cannot be backed up with fact – REAL substance – it shouldn’t be used in that context!

Forgive my rant, but what proof is there that GMOs are sustainable? The research actually shows the opposite! We looked into genetically modified salmon for a debate case last year and found that although the “franken-fish” grew larger than wild fish, there was reason to conclude that development was delayed1 and they may not be able to continue producing after the fortieth generation2(!) Let that sink in for a moment. If a GMO fish were to escape and mate with a wild fish, there is the real potential for the species to become extinct within our lifetime!! Have you seen the documentaries of how determined salmon can get through seemingly impossible circumstances to return to their spawning grounds? Escape is a valid concern!! Thinking this through, it is ridiculous to assume that GMOs could possibly be considered an asset to sustainability.

Precision of language, please!!

1.) Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2014 Jan 1;195:47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.10.011. Epub 2013 Nov 1. Effects of growth hormone over-expression on reproduction in the common carp Cyprinus carpio L. Cao M1, Chen J2, Peng W1, Wang Y2, Liao L2, Li Y2, Trudeau VL3, Zhu Z2, Hu W
2.) Purdue News, Purdue University, April 2000, “Transgenic fish could threaten wild “populations”, http://www.purdue.edu/uns/html4ever/0002.Muir.trojan.html
3.) “The GE [Genetically Engineered] salmon has no socially redeeming value. It’s bad for the consumer, bad for the salmon industry and bad for the environment. FDA’s [the Food and Drug Administration’s] decision is premature and misguided.” Quote from Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety