As the United Kingdom, and possibly the United States, are poised to move forward in creating genetically modified children with the genetic material of three people, the world is becoming more aware, and more suspicious, of genetically modified organisms in our food supply.
Recently there have been a few states that have voted on mandatory labeling of foods with GMOs. The vote is usually close to 50% in favor, meaning that half of the voting public wants to know about genetically modified food in their diets.
At the same time, only 255 people signed the Center for Genetics and Society’s letter to the FDA urging them not to allow the three-parent embryo technique to advance to clinical trials.
So it seems we as a society are suspicious about genetically modified food but are indifferent to genetically modified children.
I tackle this disconnect in my latest commentary at the National Catholic Register, “Genetically Modified Food: Bad; Genetically Modified Humans: Good.”
Read it. Pass it on.
If GMOs in our food make us uneasy, then genetically modifying our offspring should be unthinkable.
Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly