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  •  Gut Bugs and Food Sensitivities Are Huge Issues (12+ / 0-)

    for millions, exacerbated by regular conventional food and livestock breeding. Humans really haven't adapted to our agricultural diet yet, not all the way, as any of us with either lactose or gluten tolerance "diseases" can attest.

    I can't believe the blindspot of GMO promoters claiming that gmo alterations are "as safe as" conventional breeding, given all the problems in a field of medical knowledge that is just beginning to develop.

    Labeling is not only about avoiding foods in the present, it's also about helping track down causes and exposures in a person's or a population's past. Food and gut bacteria issues don't necessarily produce symptoms that are immediate or otherwise connect obviously with ingestion, they can take long periods of exposure to produce symptoms.

    A great many people who accept GMO in principle also want labeling; labeling in fact wouldn't even be an issue if the point were blanket rejection, there'd be nothing to label.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:57:55 AM PDT

    •  --Given All the Problems FROM ORDINARY BREEDING (6+ / 0-)

      in a field of medical knowledge that is just beginning to develop.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:59:00 AM PDT

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    •  Food Contamination Kills Thousands Of Americans (0+ / 0-)

      ...every year.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      Colorado Cantalope Farmers Arrested for Listeria Outbreak That Killed 33
      HOLLY, Colo. — ...The cantaloupe growers' farm is considered the source of a national listeria outbreak that killed at least 33 and sickened another 147 people in 2011, one of the country's most deadly outbreaks of food-borne illness, according to government investigators......

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:00:32 PM PDT

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      •  What on earth does this have with the discussion? (5+ / 0-)
        •  "Relative Risk" (2+ / 0-)
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          mem from somerville, charlatan
          In statistics and epidemiology, relative risk (RR) is the ratio of the probability of an event occurring (for example, developing a disease, being injured) in an exposed group to the probability of the event occurring in a comparison, non-exposed group. Relative risk includes two important features: (i) a comparison of risk between two "exposures" puts risks in context, and (ii) "exposure" is ensured by having proper denominators for each group representing the exposure [1][2]

          Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

          by bernardpliers on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:11:38 PM PDT

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