March 28, 2012

Playing Around With GMO

Mr. GMO Potato Head
The world is full of all sorts of growing dangers that we can’t experience directly. When we encounter these ideas, we can use our imaginations and prior experiences, and enhance our thinking with a bit of play.

Making connections allows us to think abstract thoughts that are based on what we already know. For example, we can’t directly experience the world of genes, the enormous complexity of nature, or the future results of today's biological manipulations.

These ideas are shadow realities, several times removed from our limited senses. However, by engaging in play, we can experience and relate to abstract concepts. This aids in our understanding of an idea, and leads to further thinking and problem solving.

Thinking, although not encouraged in today's world, is a critical skill that we normally use throughout our lives—whether we are learning about sustainable food production, lowering our carbon footprint, or imagining a peaceful, equitable world with a government of the people.

For example, playing with Mr. Genetically Modified Potato Head allows us to explore the fun possibilities of corporate meddling in food production. Included are different mutated body parts, including several that are ambiguous enough so that you can use your imagination to decide what they really are, and where they go. Use your creativity, like a modern Dr. Frankenstein.

Mr. GMO P.H. comes complete with cancer simulation protocol, including stick-on skin lesions, abscesses, and scabs. Note: Cancer Treatment Ward sold separately, c/w Mrs. GMO Potato Head dressed in black and mourning.

Warning: Any similarity to actual genetically modified products is purely coincidental, really. Trust us.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  - Albert Einstein


  1. Anonymous3/28/2012

    Good One! :-)

  2. It depends on how you're defining GMO. Some GMO is simply taking two plants that have a particular feature and breeding them to increase the likelihood of that feature in the next generation. Problem is, often times it gets out of hand. Eg. plants that can't survive without pesticides because they're only bred for color.

    1. GMO as in introducing genetic material from one organism into another in a way that does not happen naturally.

      Monsanto and other pushers of BMO products are definitely getting out of hand.


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