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  •  It occurred to me a few comments ago that (3+ / 0-)
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    bernardpliers, Roadbed Guy, mikidee

    breeders have also produced sterile plants - for example, seedless oranges. That's really neither here nor there in the GMO argument, I just thought about it and wanted to write it down somewhere :)

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 04:53:34 PM PDT

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    •  And bananas, of course. (0+ / 0-)

      It is possible that bananas will not survive for more than 5 to 50 more years without "GMO-type" genetic intervention . . ..

    •  Reproduction via cloning, (1+ / 0-)
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      pixxer

      cuttings and grafting are fairly old technologies that do no harm to either the environment they're grown in or the people/animals that eat the foods. These reproductive technologies are not the same thing as genetic engineering.

      •  I know. I said it had nothing to do with the GMO (1+ / 0-)
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        Joieau

        issue.

        The technology of grafting has been used well, from what I know of it. The technology of GMOs has the potential to be used well, too, and has been. The technology of GMOs also has the potential to generate products harmful to us or to the environment. The technology of selective breeding generally has been done with good intent, though it has produced some sad "products," like cats prone to crossed eyes, and dogs especially susceptible to arthritis, and birds that can get too heavy to walk. Those don't harm the environment, just themselves.

        Like the others, genetic engineering is a technology, not an outcome. We can all thank our lucky stars - or more relevantly our government funding agencies - that genetic engineering was well developed before HIV started its rapid spread in the human population. The understanding of, and therefore attack on, that scourge would have been much slower had it spread widely in the human population 30 years earlier. The issue is whether this technology is ready to be used on potential food sources, how we would know that, and what to do about it.

        We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
        Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

        by pixxer on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 10:47:32 AM PDT

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