Sometimes words get in the way. A few months ago there was a big controversy about irradiated food. Irradiated food just means that the food is treated with radiation to kill off all of the radiation.
But when people see a word that has something to do with radiation they think that the food somehow is radioactive and if they eat it they will turn into Spiderman. (He was bitten by a radioactive spider.)
But the same people that believe that will have no problem getting an X-Ray. They don’t think that the residual radiation will make them glow in the dark. It’s just like the folks that think that we will start aborting more babies if they pass laws that allow us to do stem cell research.
The latest controversy along these lines is about genetically modified salmon. A large number of the population as well as some senators think that if you eat genetically modified salmon it will somehow affect your genes and your offspring will be mutants.
These people in power flunked science when they were in school just like ex-president Bush and still don’t have a basic grasp of what is going on.
According to Medical News Today: “US Senator, Mark Begich, along with ten other senators are spearheading a fight to stop the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) from approving the human consumption of genetically modified salmon (GM salmon).”
The thing that they don’t understand is that we have been producing genetically modified produce for years. It’s just that the farmers do the work in the fields instead of scientists in he laboratory. It’s called hybrids.
When we produce a heirloom tomato or a hybrid ear of corn we are naturally modifying that species to make one that is better tasting or more resistant to disease.
One of the senators coined the term “Frankenfish.” This just shows that these senators should read up on the science before they come out against it. I’m sure that some of them think that if God (the ultimate genetic scientist) didn’t make it then we shouldn’t eat it.
The letter also states a concern about damage to the environment and to wild salmon. These senators are Republicans and they care about damage to the environment? Yeah, right.
The controversy about the wild salmon is not as important as the one about irradiated food. At least the irradiated food doesn’t have the potential to make us sick with salmonella and E-Coli.
Write these senators and explain to them the science behind the controversy. Maybe they’ll get it.