What’s unique about the topic of genetic modification is that it is common in my own culture. Eating, like every daily ritual I perform, from brushing my teeth to taking a shower, is not something that I think too much about. It’s hard to maintain cultural relativism when what you do has become habit. However, when I do take time to think about what I am eating and why, I feel uncomfortable.
A few years ago, I watched the movie Food Inc. which showed disturbing images of suffering, sickly animals being killed in slaughter houses and sold in American markets. After viewing the film, I decided I was going to become a vegetarian to take a stand against animal cruelty. Unfortunately, my vegetarian-kick only lasted a few weeks. I found it nearly impossible to maintain a healthy, balanced diet without consuming meat.
The American economy is heavily reliant on genetically modified meat products and chemically composed junk food. Why is it that we continue to eat this way despite criticism from other cultures, and our reputation for being unhealthy, “fat” Americans? In future blog posts, I hope to focus more on trying to understand why genetic modification makes sense for our culture.