So, I have gotten flack lately for not being 100% blown away sold out converted to using and promoting only non-gmo products and seeds. Every day I am blasted by ad after ad and post after post on FB about banning gmo's. One company in particular has been incredibly vocal about it and a LOT of people have fallen in line with them and rant the same mantra. So, here's my take on it. 1. I am not anti-gmo but nor am I pro-gmo. Honestly, I don't know enough and haven't seen enough research to know whether it is a safe practice or not. 2. I have had people argue with me that anything gmo will cause cancer and health issues of all kinds. My problem with that argument is that there have been no studies done to determine whether gmo's cause cancer or not, AND cancer has been around for a lot longer than any gmo anything. My great aunt died from cancer in 1905 ... no gmo's in her life. My dad has cancer that was caused by a virus ... again NOT gmo's. To blame an entire scope of illnesses that have existed for centuries on something so new is just another form of mass hysteria. 3. Most people I have heard discuss gmo's don't have all their facts straight about it. They know bits and pieces that they have read somewhere or heard somewhere and that's the subtance of it. To me, that is no substance at all. Read the whole story, learn the whole set of facts before screaming foul. 4. And this is directed to a particular seed company that is very vocal about being anti-gmo and all about heirlooms ... PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!! They spend an inordinate amount of time preaching about anti-gmo's and eating whole foods and yet, the restaurant that they run and the ingredients they use to cook with are NOT whole foods. They use soy milk and egg substitutes for starters. Not only that, but they are screaming about an organic pest control being added to gmo products genetically and yet they recommend the use of the same organic pest control. Plus, they are NOT certified organic in any way. If you're going to preach something, at least put into practice the things you are preaching BEFORE you go out and start bashing someone or something. The world has enough hate in it already. 5. Get it straight people ... hybrid does not equal gmo. Hybrid is what the monks were doing with peas back in the 1500's and where most, if not all, of the plants we grow today came from. 6. The term heirloom, although it sounds great and old and all, was first used in 1983. No, our ancestors did not raise "heirloom" crops. 7. The first gmo was created in 1973. 8. Thomas Jefferson thought it was a hoot to cross breed plants and have his friends raise the seeds just to see what they got ... according to his journals. Don't preach that all his plants were "heirlooms" to me. 9. No one can agree on what the definition of an heirloom even is ... which I guess is appropriate since no one seems to understand what a gmo is either ... and BOTH get defined in whatever way someone wants to use them. Huh? Seems like a problem to me. 10. PROMOTE WHAT YOU LOVE, instead of BASHING WHAT YOU HATE. If you love heirlooms, GREAT ... go hogwild about them but do so without bashing everything that isn't an heirloom. If you love chickens, WONDERFUL ... love your chickens and tell everyone about them but don't hate people because they don't have them. Do the LOVE part and quit with the hate. It's getting really old and tiring. I'll step down now.