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  •  Oh, you haven't heard (0+ / 0-)

    about the backyard gardeners spreading blight?  It has been all over the news.

    You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster

    And there is a growing DIY biology movement all over the US.  Seattleand Bostonhave groups that I know about.

    Go ahead and HR.

    Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

    by mem from somerville on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 11:04:14 AM PDT

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    •  Perhaps you didn't read the whole article - Wal-M (0+ / 0-)

      Home Depot are more to blame than gardeners. What this has to do with Backyard Gene splicing, IDK. Do you?

      According to plant pathologists, this killer round of blight began with a widespread infiltration of the disease in tomato starter plants. Large retailers like Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart bought starter plants from industrial breeding operations in the South and distributed them throughout the Northeast. (Fungal spores, which can travel up to 40 miles, may also have been dispersed in transit.) Once those infected starter plants arrived at the stores, they were purchased and planted, transferring their pathogens like tiny Trojan horses into backyard and community gardens. Perhaps this is why the Northeast was hit so viciously: instead of being spread through large farms, the blight sneaked through lots of little gardens, enabling it to escape the attention of the people who track plant diseases.

      Teabaggers = Tonsil Sticks - tasteless, pale, brittle, only good for depressing and making you gag

      by JerichoJ8 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 11:12:06 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps you didn't read the part you quote (0+ / 0-)

        Perhaps this is why the Northeast was hit so viciously: instead of being spread through large farms, the blight sneaked through lots of little gardens, enabling it to escape the attention of the people who track plant diseases.

        See--when people do this with insufficient knowledge and tools it can go awry.  

        I'm not in favor of DIY biology, but it is happening.  And subject to the same outcome.

        Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

        by mem from somerville on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 11:21:15 AM PDT

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        •  These were starter plants supplied by WalMart. (0+ / 0-)

          What does that have to do with GM seeds?

          Teabaggers = Tonsil Sticks - tasteless, pale, brittle, only good for depressing and making you gag

          by JerichoJ8 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 12:13:01 PM PDT

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          •  No, your question was (0+ / 0-)

            What's wrong with it being "all out there"?

            and I was responding to that.  

            What's wrong is that amateurs are pretty dangerous too.

            Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

            by mem from somerville on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 03:01:54 PM PDT

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            •  This wasn't amatuers. This was corporations. (0+ / 0-)

              Monoculture is extremely dangerous.

              Teabaggers = Tonsil Sticks - tasteless, pale, brittle, only good for depressing and making you gag

              by JerichoJ8 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 04:06:37 PM PDT

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