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  •  though, i would argue that... (1+ / 0-)
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    Brian A

    ... genetically engineered foods should be subject to at least a minimum standard of in-vivo testing to ascertain if there are unforeseen effects: health effects from eating them, potential ecosystem effects such as on the pest ecosystems and on other crops, and so on.

    "Born safe" doesn't cut it.  And "natural" doesn't mean "safe" either, as we're discovering with cases such as "natural" arsenic taken up by "natural" rice and concentrated to levels that may have risks.  

    There was a time when people could be reasonably sure that regulatory agencies were looking out for food safety.  Today with the prevalence of e-coli and salmonella outbreaks, antibiotic resistance via antibiotic misuse/abuse in factory farming, and so on, the general impression is "you're on your own, bub."  THAT more than anything else, leads to the heightened suspicion over items such as GMOs, even GMOs that are already well-known to be health-safe and eco-safe.

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    by G2geek on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 01:33:30 PM PDT

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    •  Testing is fine, I suppose, if it is applied (1+ / 0-)
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      with equal vigor to all new crops (and for that matter, any new source of foodstuffs - for example, when those 10,000 year old wooly mammoths were found in the melting ice and somebody decided to eat some, was THAT adequately tested in advance?).

      But according to this diary, testing DOES have it's limits - as according to the study in question, the authors were essentially not able to find any chemical differences in the foods that wer tested - which would seem to indicate that then GMO-derived stuff should be safe . . .

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