GMO Shuffle


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A few years ago we had a very long and spirited debate on this blog about the dangers/benefits of GMO crops. People I trust were on both sides of the issue so in the end, I wasn’t sure if I’m for or against them. Like most things, there are likely good and bad elements to the practice

bz panel 04-13-15 bz panel 04-14-15 bz panel 04-15-15 bz panel 04-16-15 bz panel 04-17-15 bz panel 04-18-15and there is definitely a lot of false propaganda about the subject. But this cartoon isn’t about that, it’s just a ludicrous look at a “what if” scenario. If this damn blog site is working properly, you should be able to click the image for a larger view so you can see some of the background elements better.

As for my other cartoons in the past seven days, let’s sally forth…

Monday: The American health care industry is insidious in my opinion. Don’t get me started.

Tuesday: An idea from my good buddy, Cliff The King of Wordplay. This one is so dry you’ll need to reach for a cold beer after reading it, but that’s what I like about it.

Wednesday: I’ve never been to a speed dating event but I’ve heard of them. It’s where lots of single people all get together in a big room with lots of small tables for two and I guess you jump from one person to the next, spending just a few minutes chatting up each person and seeing if you get a spark that you might want to pursue later. I envisioned a “too much information” guy and used a rough version of my own romantic biography for his line.

Thursday: My buddy Rick and I were having lunch one day and the topic of being able to throw a surprise party for a psychic would mean he/she wasn’t a very good psychic. We chuckled, I made a mental note and then later a cartoon.

Friday: My German pen pal and a writer in his own right, Michael Roth, tossed me an idea about a seeing-eye-snowdog and a snowman with no coals for eyes and I fashioned it thusly. It is sort of sweet with a touch of pathos. Heres an old favorite of mine from a few years back on a similar subject. Yes, it is late in the year to feature a snowman cartoon but my feature is called “Bizarro,” not “Normalo.”

Saturday: Just a bit of fun with a famous fictional character whose name is nothing more than a description of her clothing. I used it to make fun of two loooooooong-standing fashion trends that offend my eyes daily. As an artistic type, I find the poor fashion choices of others more distressing than others might.


20 thoughts on “GMO Shuffle

  1. Hi Dan,

    The Snowman Briquettes one made me spew coffee all over my monitor. Well done!

    A quick aside on the GMO issue: as a biologist, I think people get way to worked up about possible “toxic” effects of GMOs. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. What I worry about is allowing big companies to use this technology to change agriculture to suit their bottom line, with very few restrictions or oversight.

    For example, Monsanto’s Roundup + Roundup-resistant corn probably IS great for farmers. It allows them to plant more corn, use less herbicide, and make a bit more money for their hard work. But at the same time it’s not great for the environment, as farmers kill off most/all of the milkweed (and God knows what else) that Monarch butterflies depend on. Monsanto shrugs and says, “So, not our problem. Look how much money those farmers are making!” It also ties farmers financially to Monsanto, which is great now, but what other kinds of side-effects are we going to see down the road? (We just found out that Roundup is a “probable human carcinogen” – what does that mean for farmers?) It’s no coincidence that Monsanto spends millions every year on lobbying governments to get what they want.

    Technology is not value-free – there are side-effects on people and society that we can think through in advance, before its too late. Allowing big biotech/chemical companies to make decisions for us, with little or no oversight, is a bad idea.

    • What scares me more is that people who are not educated about the subject scream in protest to all things GMO. It has become a cause to rally behind, they are not sure what it is. But they were told it is bad and they want nothing to so with it. They don’t want it in their gardens, there are No GMO plants for consumers, just commercial crops. Someone comes up with a purple tomato, or whit strawberry from careful breeding, and it Must be GMO.

      There are good GMO plants believe it or not, one rice was created with high levels of beta carotene for areas of Asia that did not produce a ton of veggies. It has actually reduced the number of new blind folks in an area with a high percentage of blindness.

      Heaven forbid you share facts or attempt to educated. It is like Columbus stating the World is round. Your arguments are ignored and considered as heresy. It has become almost a Religion.

      Dan I would like to see a funny with the members of the First Church of Vegetablarians or Farmarians chanting “say no to GMO” praying that they go to Heaven and Not Monsanto. But it would be tough to pull off without getting preachy or political

      • I agree with you that blind support or dissent is a dangerous thing. This happens with GMO, patriotism, religion, you name it.

        On a different subject, you happened to touch on a pet peeve of mine: Christopher Columbus. I was taught he was trying to prove the world was round, not flat, too, but the truth is that the world was well known to be round by his time. The argument of his day was how big around it was; some thought it was large (like it is) and others thought it was much smaller and you could sail west and end up in the Orient much more easily than you actually could. Columbus was of this camp and his entire voyage was about a faster way to make a fortune. He was wrong, he was nearly unspeakably cruel and greedy, he was responsible for the near genocide of a large group of people in the Caribbean, and he doesn’t deserve anyone’s admiration. Like I said, it’s a pet peeve of mine. :^}

    • I do find it concerning that Monsanto has now released RoundUpReady Xtend… to treat weeds that have become glyphosate resistant. I wonder how the weeds became resistant? Seems like they have developed a further demand for their products.

    • Happy to hear a scientist’s opinion on GMOs (especially from a scientist who isn’t — apparently — on Monsanto’s payroll).
      Round Up was recently banned in The Netherlands because of the glyphosate it contains & the probable carcinogenic connections.
      Frankly, I’d feel a teeny bit better about Monsanto if the company wasn’t so darned resistant to labeling GMO ingredients on consumables. And I really detest the monopolistic moves on farmers who are locked into using Monsanto seeds once they’ve started. I know the argument is about “improving agriculture” & creating insect/ weed/ climate variables resistant crops, however, I just can’t shake the thought that Monsanto is motivated much more by profits than by helping better feed the world.
      Finally, that GMO cartoon is right on the money: GMoe, indeed!

  2. Love your stuff, Dan. A big hello from South Africa!

    I don’t get the snowman one. Is it meant to be a reference to a fire hydrant for normal dogs, being the opposite for snow dogs?

    • Thanks for the compliment, Jason. The cartoon wasn’t about fire hydrants but rather about the fact that lumps of coal (like that found in a bag of charcoal briquettes for your BBQ) are often used as eyes for snowmen. This one doesn’t have any but he has a seeing-eye snowdog who is leading him to them. Soon he will be able to see. :^}

  3. “let’s sally forth…”?
    she’s over here:

    As far as GMOs, they are the potential best way to solve food scarcity/uncertainty in most of the parts of the world that have it, but they’re also the potential best way to create corporate monopolies on much of our food supply. The real big deal is who controls them and how. The risk of ‘out of control GMOs’ are thankfully so small, nobody’s figured out how to make a Hollywood horror movie from them. Which is the best way I’ve found to summarize the issue, while getting nobody arguing to shut up. Sigh.

    Re: phychics, there’s a gif going around of an interviewer talking to a claimed psychic who suckerpunches him then says in the caption “it doesn’t take much to expose a liar”.

    Re: riding hood, to fully balance out the picture, it should’ve also included “Skinny Jeans” or “Too-Tight White Sleeveless T”.

    Thanks for reading and double thanks for creating something I enjoy reading.

  4. I wanted to dive into the blind snowman cartoon, tear open the bag of charcoal and give the snowman eyes; but then what would the dog think? – would he be out of a job? – would he be torn between happiness for the man and panic as at a sudden sense that he was no longer needed? Then I thought “It’s all right they’re not real…” Then I thought “But of course they’re real! – frozen forever in a cartoon and in my mind…” Oh dear! I guess you could call that a success Mr Piraro!

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