In her post, Eat Something Good, GMO Answers independent expert, Karri Hammerstrom, writes on how fads should just be seen as fads. As consumers "we should never buy into misguided media hype and celebrities that irresponsibly push their unscientific opinions on unassuming consumers, encouraging them make choices that they wouldn’t otherwise if they had accurate information."
Here are some brief excepts from Hammerstrom's piece:
“'National Eat What You Want Day' was celebrated on May 11, but the very essence of a free market allows for each of us to make purchases based upon personal choice every day. As a mom of two kids, I make food choices to create a healthy diet for my family...But, never do my choices come about because some mommy blogger, Dr. Oz or the Food Babe has guilted me into a choice that is clearly derived from a lack of knowledge of where their food comes from and how it is produced.
"In addition to “growing” kids, I am also an educator and a small-scale farmer. I grow cling peaches that go into canned peaches, which you can buy at your local supermarket, fresh sugar plums and wine grapes. My family and I live on our farm, and we are conventional growers who use best-management practices to be the best stewards of the land we can be so that we can do our part to feed the world’s growing population.
"Although, I don’t grow any GMO crops, I do support the development and incorporation of all tools...Biotechnology gives producers greater flexibility in making responsible management decisions by reducing input costs, increasing crop yields, allowing for more efficient water use, promoting integrated pest management, providing environmental protections for our natural resources, and facilitating the development of new products and processes. Biotechnology has tremendous potential for positively affecting, not only farmers, but also consumers by developing new products and opening new markets...
"Organic farming and conventional farming involving biotechnology can and do coexist...Organic and biotech choices are tools in a farmer’s “toolbox” that allow for farmers to utilize the widest range of technologies available to produce a safe, healthy, abundant and affordable food supply.
"...I encourage others who also enjoy eating to make food choices that are based on fact, not fiction. Eat something good tonight, and don’t forget to thank a farmer!"
Karri is the immediate past State President for California Women for Agriculture (CWA) which is the largest, most active, volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots, agriculture support organization in California actively promoting the importance of a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry in California, as well as the need to ensure an affordable, reliable and domestic food supply. To learn more about this independent expert, read Karri Hammerstrom's biography here.