GMOs

Really bored at work today.

I found this article on Reddit and am posting it here instead of Facebook because for some reason, this stuff is controversial. The article is a critique of a story in the August 2013 Elle, in which the author of the story says that a doctor finally was able to diagnose her allergy problems as being caused by eating genetically modified corn. I have been a little confused about the whole GMO debate because the ability to genetically modify food seems like it’s a good thing to me. Don’t get me wrong – I would avoid eating them if just to boycott Monsanto, but I don’t know if that’s actually possible.

This article explains and debunks the allergy side of the debate anyway. One of the scientists interviewed (Richard Goodman) explains that YES, new proteins (potential allergens) CAN be created by GMOs, but these proteins are “evaluated specifically for potential risks of allergy” (it’s on page 2 somewhere – I’m not citing this shit).

I get annoyed about this issue because I feel like people are buying into the hype without doing the research. So if you’re interested, you should check out this article. And if you have opinions, I’m interested in hearing them.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/08/can_gmo_corn_cause_allergies_don_t_believe_elle_s_scary_story.html

So!

I made a discovery yesterday – if you Google “I hate Lipscomb,” I’m the top search result! This is why I get so many damned hits on that post, which is not even an interested entry. I almost want to go back and change it some so that it’s a better rant, but I don’t think I’m going to do that. I was talking with L about it some yesterday and decided that I don’t want to edit old blog entries as a matter of principle. My thinking is that the entries are a history of ME, and if the person who I am now goes back and changes anything, the entries aren’t as pure.

I do kind of feel bad about that entry getting attention, though, because Steve Prewitt himself called me a couple of weeks into taking that Bible class and told me that they had taken another look at my file and determined that due to new Bible rules, I in fact already had all my graduation requirements and could go ahead and drop the class/cancel my loan and graduate. It was a VERY happy day.

Doesn’t mean that I don’t hate Lipscomb, it just means that I think it might be a better place since I went to school there.