Week 4:2

http://scienceblogs.com/tomorrowstable/2012/08/04/seeds-for-change-the-need-for-stress-tolerant-crops-in-central-america/  GMO’s scare me so much.  Not only would they increase our dependency on industrial agricultural technologies to grow the food that keeps us alive, technologies that often rely on fossil fuels, but GMO’s also fall short to the “Law of Unintended Consequences”.  If we use GMO’s to out-compete naturally selected plant varieties, the stability that biodiversity provides for the environment will be lost, and who knows what else.

Reading these articles has either been making me frustrated, sad, helpless, or skeptical.  It’s hard to read and invest time and emotional energy into articles that talk about far away problems.  I had originally thought that the problem was that I had simply fallen behind on current affairs, making me feel skeptical and numb to the views and information expressed.  Now, I’m not so sure.  All of these issues ARE connected, but not necessarily in the most direct, physical ways.  My thoughts, questions, theories and philosophies have led me to believe in the power of community and local action, and I think the same is true for current events.  While it’s important to be versed on the world’s affairs, it’s more important to be involved and informed locally. 

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