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  •  why? (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, ColoTim

    EVERYTHING you eat has been genetically engineered by trial and error since 10,000 BC.  

    now that we have a clue of what we're doing thanks to genome mapping, you think it'll be WORSE?  

    Either you aren't thinking it through, or you distrust science implicitly.

    You're suggesting that wandering around with a blindfold over your eyes will be better than taking the blindfold off and using a map

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 11:25:03 AM PST

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    •  a difference (5+ / 0-)

      Selective breeding is a different animal (pun!) than wholesale engineering.

    •  there are basically three issues with GMO foods. (15+ / 0-)

      One, they are being produced in a manner that makes it impossible for farmers to store seed from one year to the next.  That's rent-seeking behavior at the expense of forcing a change in a long-established practice that has obvious darwinian value.

      Two, some of them are introduced without adequate concern for unexpected side-effects.  For example, pesticide-tolerant crops lead to increased use of pesticides which in turn lead to the growth of resistant pests, already a global problem.  

      And three, the profit incentives are strong enough to compromise the objectivity of these companies such as Monsanto, to the point where there is every good reason to not trust what they say.  That in turn leads to a backlash that could throw out the baby with the bathwater and put a halt to other GMO crops that are truly beneficial.  

      So for those of us whose beliefs are science-based, we need to disentangle monsters such as Monsanto from the whole business, and regulate it carefully, to preserve the ability to develop GMO crops into the future.  Otherwise we're going to end up with bans and moratoria and suchlike that in the end will do no good.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:39:28 PM PST

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