Ensuring Skype worked properly sent my anxiety levels through the roof, even more so than facing off with Larry King about the hottest topic in food and farming . . . until I realized who was asking the questions and how much they didn’t know.
The topic was none other than GMOs and the panel of “experts” included celebrity chef Curtis Stone, actress Mary Lou Henner and former NBA-player John Salley. The scientist was Dr. Bob Goldberg from the UCLA Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.
I didn’t expect this to be a friendly interview, (i.e. Mary Lou’s first question, “Do you feed your children these crops?” referring to our acres of field corn.), but I did expect if folks were going to be on a webcast they’d be somewhat up on the facts.
Not the case.
When Chef Stone in so many words called me a hypocrite because I plant genetically modified seed in our fields and not in our gardens (He said I plant organic seeds. I do not buy seed labeled organic.), I realized who I was talking to – another uninformed food consumer.
Only eight crops have commercially available genetically modified seed – corn, soybeans, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, squash, and cotton. As a backyard gardener, I can’t plant a genetically modified squash seed in my garden, because I am not a commercial grower.
Larry King Now: GMOs, Part 1 – http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/gmos-part-1-0_67n9d1hiobfr
Larry King Now: GMOs, Part 2 – http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/gmos-part-2-0_2lxel99gjetc
Read the full, original article: I plant GMOs in my fields, not in my garden