Gone Organic: Former GMO Engineer Tells His Story

Organic Connections has just released an interview with Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., for­mer biotech engi­neer who now speaks out against the risks of genet­i­cally engi­neered foods. Vrain worked 30 years as a research sci­en­tist for the Canadian gov­ern­ment where he con­ducted studies on agriculture mod­i­fication. He was direc­tor of the biotech­nol­ogy depart­ment at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC. Today, Thierry Vrain has retired to a farm, is a gar­dener, a teacher, and a advocate for organic gardening—from soil health to GMO awareness.

Vrain: “When I hear we need genetic engi­neer­ing to feed the world, I cringe. It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of pes­ti­cides, and the process is of highly ques­tioned safety. Even if genetic engi­neer­ing was per­fectly safe, I still ques­tion it because of genetic pol­lu­tion. Organic crops and foods are becom­ing contaminated. I’m also con­cerned about con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of the envi­ron­ment with antibi­otic resis­tant genes. Every GM crop has these genes. The pre­lim­i­nary evi­dence we have is that bac­te­ria in the soil and in the human gut are capa­ble of pick­ing those genes up. Considering the alarm I hear from med­ical peo­ple about los­ing antibi­otics, I think this should be a seri­ous concern.”

Read the interview here.

Below is a TEDxTalk given by Dr. Vrain on May 23, 2013- The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture

Source: Ken Roseboro, Organic Connections, June 2013; Dr. Thierry Vrain, TEDx, 29 May 2013

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