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Offline Abe

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A little warning about GMO
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:01:03 AM »
I hate to disagree with the first GMO topic, but you guys are WRONG.  I think before you come out in favor of GMO, it pays to do a little research.  Look into how they actually do the modifications.  These scientists are implanting snippets of DNA from bacteria, antibiotics, viruses, etc... into these products.  Do you believe the research on possible adverse effects is adequate?  Do you really think they have the health and safety of all people in mind, or is it really more about profit?  Once they "design" a food this way, they hold a copyright for it, and can prevent it's use whenever and wherever they want.  Since crops tend to be wind (or uncontrollable insect) pollinated, these modified plants will be unstoppable, even if they're found to be dangerous.  These companies can prevent seed-saving, a time-honored practice of farmers everywhere, by designing in a "suicide gene", that prevents the next-generation seeds from germinating.  Do a little research into Monsanto, if you'd like to have your eyes opened.  Really guys, this is no joke.
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Re: A little warning about GMO
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 07:14:35 PM »
I agree with the overall point you're making here, Abe.  It is the very height of arrogance for Man to think that he can outdo Mother Nature in the design of food (or just about anything else, for that matter).  Genetically-modified food is a bad idea, and a topic that should be taken seriously.  Sadly, I believe the whole issue is slipping in under the general public's radar.  Hopefully, the damage done before people do take notice will be either minimal, or reversible.
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Re: A little warning about GMO
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 03:43:59 PM »
I feel the same way. I don't feel at all comfortable with copyrighting genes, and I don't think corporations (whose very purpose PROFIT for the shareholders) should have anything to do with health or nature, let alone "editing" nature.

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Re: A little warning about GMO
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 04:05:12 PM »
I'm not in favour of GMOs... but it's too late for all that... all we can do is make sure they are utilised with the utmost caution and intelligence.  My original post goes into more detail;;msg521#msg521

I am very aware of the implicit monopolising and checkmate strategies of Monsanto and Co.  And, I agree with you Abe; private companies should NOT have control over technologies that may threaten such profoundly vital human resources, in the same way as they shouldn't (and don't) have control over nuclear weapons.

GMOs pose an incomprehensible threat to humanity (and many other species).  There needs to be rigorous public discourse and widespread education on the matter.

Here is an an excellent doco on the matter, featuring David Suzuki;
"Be true to your biology"