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  •  What Keeps Terminator & Brazil Nut Stories Alive? (0+ / 0-)

    There's something that has kept this nonsense in active circulation for decades now, and it has come up in these diaries over and over again.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:02:13 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know those particular stories, though I've (0+ / 0-)

      seen the Brazil Nut mentioned.

      In general, the urban legends that live for decades do so because they tap into some vein of fear, wish or curiosity that looms large in our culture. So perhaps those stories put compelling faces on the boogiemen that many Americans suspect are coming to get us.

      You can't extinguish those irrational fears (though if Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck vanished, they might mellow down to 40% of their present high-tide). But transparency and fact-based discussions could help some of the boogiemen to vanish into the mist.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:29:25 PM PDT

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      •  The brazil nut fiasco (1+ / 0-)
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        was highly dangerous. There are lots of people with nut allergies so serious they could die of eating a potato chip fried in peanut oil. Engineering said allergenic 'large' protein into some completely other type of food plant is asking for big trouble. But the GMO folks don't think on basic levels like the rest of us, entire cultures and subcultures for whom foods are a very large part of their being, beliefs and activities.

        For instance, an interview with an at-the-time CEO of Monsanto demonstrated that he had absolutely no clue as to why Jews, Muslims and Rastafarians (among some others) would object to pig genes in their corn or potatoes. Honestly, someone that ignorant about humans and foods shouldn't be leading a rapacious multinational gigacorp like Monsanto.

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