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