Sharpe: What’ve you got there Harper?
Harper: Just a wee wild bird.
Sharpe: Won’t it fly away?
Harper: No. It trusts me.
Sharpe: But you’re gonna put it in a cage.
Harper: It knows it’ll get a few crumbs in a cage.
Sharpe: I thought wild things like their freedom.
Harper: Freedom to starve is no freedom.
Sharpe’s Rifle 1993
If you are shopping for food you can’t help but notice labels toting that various foods are produced without genetic modifications or hormones. Selling to people the idea that GMO foods are either dangerous or worse than regular food has made a good living for people and our friends on the left have been quick to embrace it, even to the point of trying to keep such food out of countries that are with hungry and or poor populations.
So why are so many places in the developing world duking it out over the health and ecological repercussions of GMOs? Third-world countries are stepping up and saying no to Frankenfood, and biotech giants like Monsanto have started paying very close attention to nations like Kenya, Bolivia and Thailand, all of which have legislated tighter controls on the production, import and labeling of genetically engineered food.
No matter how small their collective GDPs may be, it’s clear that the stakes in these countries are high. They understand what larger, more powerful nations refuse to accept: Genetically engineered food production creates a tenuous dependency on the multinationals that own the seeds of that production. These often poor and powerless countries would rather risk the short-term loss of foreign investment than irrevocable loss of food sovereignty and biodiversity in their homelands.
It’s a topic that reminds me of the Alfie Evans case in that they argue it’s better for Alfie to starve than to give him even the slightest chance of life, but that’s not what prompted this post.
No what prompted this post was this story at Robert Stacy McCain’s site about a lesbian married to a a transgender woman who are trying to have a baby the old fashioned way. ”
Not long after we met, Lara, who transitioned at the wise old age of 30, told me that with each year she takes estrogen injections, her fertility declines. Like many trans people, Lara wasn’t interested in having children when she transitioned. We got together in May 2015; last fall, she told me it was, essentially, now or never, as she wanted her transition to continue moving forward. By then, the thought of not being able to have my own biological child could make me tear up in front of my happily childless friends, who encouraged me to try if it was something I really wanted.
Since Ms. Spataro’s “wife” has a Penis one might think this would not be a problem but the first step in having a child is being fertile and that involved an important change. (emphasis mine)
It is no surprise that Ms. Spataro’s attempts to become pregnant — “trying to have a baby the old-fashioned way” — are “complicated.” To begin with, both she and her, uh, partner had to stop taking synthetic hormones. Yes, in case you didn’t realize it, birth-control pills are synthetic hormones which prevent pregnancy by obstructing a woman’s normal hormone production. It is a well-known scientific fact that hormones influence mood and behavior, and it is therefore perhaps no coincidence that Queer Feminism flourishes among a generation of young women raised on “safe sex” ideology, many of whom began taking contraceptive pills as teenagers.
This raises several questions, the first being of course why a lesbian would need to regularly take birth control pills, Stacy McCain asks a more significant one
What are the possible long-term consequences of deliberately causing an abnormal hormone-induced state of sterility in adolescent girls and young women?
That’s a pretty good question but I have one better:
How many young liberal women who would never dream of eating meats or grains with either synthetic hormones or containing GMO’s or meat have been taking synthetic hormones daily without a 2nd thought or even a first?
I think that’s an excellent question and serious question that I think young women should be asked of them.
If you want to have more fun with said question ask it of women or better yet a transgender at a protest against GMO’s why synthetic hormones or GMO to produce food to feed people who are hungry in the 3rd world are an abomination to be abandoned while the synthetic hormones used by 1st world people to prevent pregnancy or suppress one’s biological sex are sacrosanct?