Columnist needs more facts, less posturing |

Columnist needs more facts, less posturing

The Union columnist George Boardman recently stated: “If you are like me, you are clearly not part of the anti-GMO, all-natural, farm-to-fork food fetish the United States is currently experiencing.”

He goes on to suggest we should feed the hungry with GMO foods. I do not believe he intended to wish ill health and malnutrition on the poor and hungry; he just apparently does not know any better.

Giant agribusiness has been successful in its deceit of the general public regarding GMOs, but when a columnist writes an article for publication, more in-depth research is called for. Mr. Boardman’s articles are full of arrogant posturing and cynicism, but are short on fact. Minimal research would uncover serious nutritional deficiencies and toxic content of GMO crops.

For example, non-GMO corn has 437 times more calcium than GMO corn, 56 times more magnesium and seven times more manganese, all essential minerals for good health.

Glyphosate (Roundup) is present in GMO corn in alarmingly high concentrations. The EPA limit for Glyphosate in water for human consumption is 0.7 ppm. GMO corn has 13 ppm, or more than 18 times the EPA limit for water. And, European lab tests suggest the EPA standard is much too high.

GMO corn is also very high in formaldehyde, which is absent from non-GMO corn. This exceeds EPA limits for human exposure by 200 times.

As far as energy content, non-GMO corn has 1,300 times more available energy, or food value.

Mr. Boardman would serve The Union and community better by doing some basic research before writing his columns. Eating organic and non-GMO foods is not a fetish, rather it is a commitment to health and nutrition.

Bob Hren lives in Nevada City.

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