Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Review: Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability by Bruno McGrath

by M. J. Joachim


Wow! That’s a mouthful in the title, isn’t it? The concept for the book is good, and more than a little of the research makes a lot of sense. But for various reasons, this book didn’t do it for me at all, mainly because I felt like the author was so scattered. He jumped around from topic to topic, a few of them didn’t relate to the title at all, and then he tried to explain and justify why he did so. The reading was dry and difficult to get through as it was, so to suddenly be reading about things that seem to have no correlation to the subject matter, made the manuscript all the more unbalanced and burdensome to get through.

McGrath makes some good points; I agree we need to educate ourselves on GMO’s and strive to be more self-sufficient and sustainable in our world. He provides glimpses of both sides of the argument too, allowing readers to make up their own minds, despite the fact that he is clearly plugging for a reduction in GMO’s and a solution for making the world more sustainable as a whole. Then you get to the last couple of pages where he shows a brief survey taken of less than 50 people from around the world. This is his supposed evidence that is presumed to make me think all his other research in the book is sound.

I’m not buying it. Aside from the fact that the book is probably already outdated, published in 2013, I’m sure the argument he poses is much bigger today, and there’s a whole lot more to it. I’m also confident that there are more studies and surveys out there, with hundreds if not thousands of participants, research that will likely provide a much clearer picture about GMO’s and sustainability, not to mention the organic movement.

McGrath seemingly did his homework. However, it seems to me this is a much broader topic that needs to include a whole lot more information and fact checking, before it’s put out in a book that makes a point, albeit confusingly, which may or may not be founded.

Here’s to healthy eating,

M. J.

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