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Hi, I’m Kevin Coupe and this is MNB Radio, available on iTunes and brought to you this week by Webstop, experts in the art of retail website design.

Okay, you can stop now.

Over the past couple of weeks, after I mentioned on MNB that I have no real problem with genetically modified food as long as it passes muster at the FDA and it properly and accurately labeled, I have been deluged with email. There have been hundreds of notes from folks who seem to believe that it is critically important to convince me that too little is known about GM foods to make them safe for human consumption, that neither the FDA nor the companies manufacturing GM foods are to be trusted, and that the presence of genetically modified organisms in too many foods already - without benefit of labeling - is actually sort of scary.

Like I said before, you can stop now. I think I’m on your side. Or at least leery enough, based on the information I’ve been hit with, to think twice about GM food in the future.

I’m not sure if it is the insistence by the powers that be that GM foods should not labeled.

Maybe it is because you all make a very persuasive case about simply not knowing enough, and you’ve cast legitimate doubt on those who would quickly introduce it into our food supply.

There are enough people out there who think this is really about profit, not about feeding the world, that I began to rethink my position.

To be sure, I don’t understand the science. I was trusting - a little too much, according to some people - the government and private enterprise to do the right thing...which is a little surprising, since I’m usually a lot more cynical about these issues, and don’t trust easily.

I’m going to try to keep an open mind on the subject...and I don’t think I’m going to be evangelizing one way or another just yet...but I’m also going to be a little less accepting of the notion that GM foods solve more problems than they create.

Maybe labeling isn’t enough.

To be fair, I would point out to those on the other side of this argument that I don’t believe I’ve been scared into this opinion by wild-eyed radicals who are anti-science. Indeed, one of the most impassioned and well-thought-out emails I got on the subject was from my brother, who happens to be a chemical engineer and is hardly anti-science.

In the end, I think I have been most persuaded by two things.

One, I get the sense that the people trying to convince me that we don’t yet know enough about GM food to declare it completely safe are people with whom I share similar feelings about the importance of good food to the mind, the body and the soul...people who live to eat as opposed to eat to live.

Two, there is that line from Jurassic Park: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”

Having said all this, of course, I suspect that the subject hardly is closed...

For MNB Radio, I’m Kevin Coupe.
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