Expert says GMOs not the villain some make them out to be

“What would happen if 10 per cent of Canada’s population died overnight? What would you do if you found out

Lois Schultz

Lois Schultz

“What would happen if 10 per cent of Canada’s population died overnight? What would you do if you found out it was all because of an unfounded belief?” These are the questions Lois Schultz, a member of the Coal Lake Lighthorse 4-H Club, is asking.

Schultz was the special guest speaker at the Ambassadors of Agriculture panel, held in celebration of Canada’s Agricultural Day at the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum on Feb. 16, in hopes of spreading awareness of the agricultural industry.

The 10 per cent she spoke of is Canada’s diabetic population who use insulin to help them manage their disease and live a healthy lifestyle.

In her speech Schultz nicknamed genetically modified organism (GMO) technology as “Greatly Misunderstood Organism” and like many foods bred through GMO technology to make them better for human consumption including tomatoes, corn, apples and broccoli insulin used by diabetics was also created through GMO technology.

Schultz spoke to the importance of of understanding GMO technology before dismissing it’s benefits out of fear.

“Unfortunately many people don’t choose to see the incredible side of this technology and instead see GMOs as a threat to their health and environment,” said Schultz.

During her time at panel Schultz covered three areas of GMO technology: how the technology became misunderstood by consumers, the secret of GMO foods and the sustainability of a GMO free world.

Schultz questioned whether GMO protests would still be held if more people knew GMO technology was used to help diabetics, or if they were aware of the amount of scientific research GMO foods are put through to ensure human and animal safety before any such products hit the market.

“And while studies were done to see if GMOs could potentially cause cancer, infertility or ADHD there is no scientific proof of increased health issues or risk caused by GMOs,” said Schultz.

Schultz urges individuals to educate themselves before dismissing GMOs and to take with a grain of salt information found online before checking with reputable sources, due to fear mongering that contributes to misunderstandings of the technology.

“This is why we must educate ourselves to defend agriculture for what it really is and not what ill-informed Internet sources say,” said Schultz.

“In the end it is really all about sustainability,” she added.

 

Just Posted

file photo
UPDATE: Leduc RCMP, Millet Fire Department and more on scene at serious multi-vehicle collision

Traffic is expected to be diverted for several hours and alternative travel routes are recommended.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are searching for suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Leduc Giant Tiger.

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read