Bad news is nothing new. Just think of the scene in Network where Faye Dunaway flips through the New York Daily News, or watch Bill Hicks’ stand up routine about going crazy while watching the bad news on CNN. “War, Famine, Death, AIDS, Homeless, Recession, Depression,” as Hicks chanted, seems to describe the template for news. If it bleeds it leads.
Which is not to say there’s not bad news, or not a lot of it, but there’s good news too, sometimes in the bad news. Here are five pieces of potentially good news about the bad news.
5. More and More Food Is Genetically Modified
Genetically modified foods caused such a scare in Europe that the EU tried to ban them, and still resists their importation. The demand for “organic” food in the United States, meanwhile, has helped companies like Whole Foods grow exponentially over the last decade.
But what’s wrong with “Frankenfood”? Genetic modifications are mainly used to increase crop yield, to feed more people while using the same amount of land and resources.
Fear of genetically modified foods is another manifestation of technophobia. The next time someone tries to tell you corporations are poisoning the food supply, remind him or her that the government recommended Americans consume 5 to 10 servings of high-carb food a day. Government tariffs made high fructose corn syrup ubiquitous. Corporations are just trying to give you what you want at the highest price you are willing to pay. Genetically modified foods help them get there.