We felt to express our deep appreciation that Belize has not been accepting genetically modified (GMO) crops into the country. We understand that through modern biotechnology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are being created that may use animal, virus, or bacteria genes to alter DNA or genetic material in vegetables and other things. These alterations are impossible to achieve from natural pollination or crop breeding, and must be produced in sophisticated genetic laboratories. The resulting “organisms” are then patentable property of the large corporations creating them. Someone has coined a thought provoking an alternative term for GMO: “God move over”. In other words, do humans consider themselves wiser than our all-wise omnipotent Creator? Are human beings better able and wiser to design or alter the very blueprint of life that God placed inside each seed and organism? The bible says that God created trees, grasses, vegetables and other forms of life, each “after its own kind… yielding seed after their own kind… and (God) saw that it was good” (Genesis 1: 12-25). We suspect that with time it will prove out that humanity will bring upon itself more problems, rather than less, by meddling with the DNA blueprints God himself designed and called good. Jesus once illustrated that a father whose child asks for an egg or a fish, would not harmfully give the child a scorpion or a serpent (Luke 11: 11-12). Today, children asking for food from a society that mingles genetics may no longer be certain what they are receiving. That which appears like a wholesome egg or fish, may turn out to be a proverbial (or even part of an actual) harmful scorpion or serpent.
There are a number of concerns regarding GMO products.
- Being under patent, these seeds may be planted only by purchasing them, without saving seed, each season from the companies holding the patent.
- GMOs can cross-pollinate and change the God-designed genetics of someone else’s crops who wishes to keep them from GMO. For instance, GMO corn several miles upwind from an open-pollinated corn may pollinate it so the succeeding seeds are GMO corn. Such cross-contamination would be extremely regrettable.
- There are concerns that rights to save one’s own seeds can be taken away when cross-llinated by neighboring GMO crops, even in cases when this doesn’t happen willfully. Losing the right to save one’s own seeds and the difficulty to keep them uncontaminated would seemingly be a poor trade off for the claims of improved proteins, yields, etc., without even mentioning what unknown harm time may prove for these modern innovations. We should not do as Esau, “for one morsel of (food) sold his birthright” (Hebrews 12: 16).
Thanks to the Department of Agriculture and Central Farm, some excellent GMO-free corn varieties have been developed that “bear seed after their own kind” like God made them. More improvements seem possible through using traditional plant breeding efforts. The greatest concern for all of us, for all of humanity, should be that we do not rob God of the glory due to his wonderful name.
The Springfield community will be very appreciative to Belize and grateful to God to see this country remain free from GMO.
The Springfield Community Produce Growers
*This did not reach The Belize Ag Report in time to print in issue #31 of February 2016.
Thanks for publishing interesting articles, such as the green banana and many more….
We all enjoy making and trying new recipes. Here we are sending a cake recipe which we all like very much. We want to try more of the green banana recipes.
This flour is a good substitute for cakes and cookies for people who can’t handle or tolerate wheat.
We’ve been using cassava flour for years and now we are thankful to have another flour added.
Mrs. Wollie (Mary) Miller