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  •  It's hard to say (3+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, marc brazeau, pico

    because there can be so much variety between strains of any plant--and, of course, none of this is tested or labeled in any way, and it would be any plant--organic or conventional.

    For example, when the corn genome data came along, one analysis showed that there were hundreds of differences in genome segments between two of the more widely used "conventional" strains of corn.

    There's also data that shows that soil conditions, or other treatments (organic or conventional pesticides, for example), could have more impact on the genes expressed than a single small precise gene alterations like the GMOs convey.

    Essentially if he's concerned about a given strain he will have to grow his own, or avoid corn. I have to avoid peanuts so I know it can be a pain (I really miss Reese's peanut butter cups), but Europeans lived for thousands of years without corn and I'm quite sure it can be done.

    And hi! Yeah--I think I am following Marc on twitter so that's how I found my way back. I sometimes look in and see how the battle goes :)  

    “I apologise ...for not making myself clear. I should have said that this new age drivel is undermining the very fabric of our civilisation --@ProfBrianCox

    by mem from somerville on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 02:07:43 PM PDT

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