In 2002 the Hudson Institute found that organic and “natural” food products were eight times more likely to be recalled or suffer other food safety problems, compared to their conventional counterparts.  Those who are concerned about food safety should turn to science. Most of us with children in the public school system are faced with the issue of food allergies. If all the lobbying dollars being thrown at anti-biotech campaigns were diverted to science, perhaps we could remove the protein that causes peanuts to be allergens, or address the root of lactose intolerance.

The enemies of biotechnology love to talk about the publics “right to know.” I agree wholeheartedly: The public has a right to know that biotechnology is an essential part of our food security in the 21st-century. Biotechnology warning labels shouldn’t be a part of it, especially here in Canada. Warning labels should be reserved for allergens and other real food safety concerns.

Thankfully, the tide of public opinion is turning in Canada.  Citizens are starting to realize the value of this new technology – whether it’s lower food costs, improved soil conservation or reduced use of scarce resources.

The outlook for GM technology continues to be bright.   Future applications promise to use fertilizer more efficiently, help grow crops under drought conditions or improve the nutritional profile of crops.  Biotechnology in the future means growing more with less.   It also means creating healthier food.   This is the legacy that I want to leave to my children.

Cherilyn and her husband own a diversified grain farm in Mossback Saskatchewan, Canada.  In addition to farming, Cherilyn is active in many agricultural policy initiatives to improve the sustainability of agriculture and advocate for modern agricultural practices. Cherilyn is a member of the TATT Global Farmer Network.