“It just blows my mind that anybody would ever imagine that I would ever be involved in producing any kind of food that would ever put me, my family or now a grandson at risk… I go to the same grocery store that everybody else goes to.” ~Brett Begemann, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Who is Brett Begemann?
He’s the president and chief executive officer of the biotechnology and pesticide company, Monsanto. Hi comment refers to the popular notion that GMOs might not be the best things to integrate into our food supply. Begemann went on to note that laws requiring GMOs to be labeled would be difficult to implement and increase costs.
While Begemann personalizing his case might sway some, it’s somewhat laughable for him to suggest that any evidence suggesting GMOs are less than safe should be ignored solely due to his personal practice with regard to his own family.
Begemann’s plea doesn’t sit well with a statement from Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications between October 1997 and June 1999. Angell was quoted by food advocate Michael Pollan in an October 25, 1998 New York Times article called “Playing God in the Garden” as saying,”Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.”
In other words, safety is not our responsibility; our only goal is to make as much money as we can.
Can we trust a company whose website once said, “There is no need for, or value in, testing the safety of GM foods in humans” (quote since removed).
My problem has always been two-fold. One, these crops are adjusted to absorb massive amounts of Round-Up. Are we eating it? And two, this blanket use of Round-Up is killing frogs, fish, insects, birds, polluting water, affecting all the intricacies of our ecosystem while simultaneously creating super versions of exact thing they hoped to eliminate: weeds. These “superweeds” are already “smarter” than Round-Up.
What’s next you wonder? Round-Up on steroids. The next product is actually a version of Agent Orange. Now that’s something to think about…