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    kfunk937, BelgianBastard, Anne Elk

    GMOs are a mixed bag, but as you say, none constitute a toxic threat to human beings. Still, most of the volume of GMOs out there consist of Bt genes - which appear to be toxic to some degree to pollinators, which are already in trouble. And of herbicide reistance genes, like Roundup-ready, which encourage the heavy application of chemicals that may have toxic implications for people.

    We need GMOs in our kit bag, though; as climate change progresses, it will be one of our best tools in developing heat-resistant and drought-resistant crops. People are dying of communicable diseases because of the anti-vax nonsense. The day may come when people are dying of hunger because of anti-GMO nonsense.

    Otherwise, rugbymom has put together a dead-on list. The jury is still out on most plastics, but that may well be only because most of them have never been tested, at least for things like hormonal effects.

    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      One thing that is interesting is how Companies (and Universities) are using high throughput sequencing to identify plant variants with desirable traits. That's turning out to be extremely valuable.

      Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

      by Anne Elk on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:22:12 PM PDT

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