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  •  True, GMOs have ruined (1+ / 0-)
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    neighboring plantings.  I was looking at per acre yields, where GE seeds show an advantage, particularly in soybeans and corn.  If yields didn't pan out, the likes of Cargill wouldn't be buying into GMOs.  I'm certainly no fan of the WTO, but GMO yields are their main selling point in pushing these stocks onto developing nations.

    My biggest problem with GMOs are the risk of monocultures in general.  Widespread use of a single genetic crop strain puts the world at much greater risk of collosal famine.  We need to return to using curated natural seed banks and localized (and indigenously cultivated) seed stocks.

    I'll try to write a more comprehensive diary about GMOs in the future.  The health risk were something I alluded to, but the incoming data on things like liver damage from GMO soy is terrifying.

    I would be very bad at the "Price is Right", as I never think the price is right.  I confess I bake my own bread in a nifty Hitachi bread machine.

    "Welcome to Costco, I love you" -- Greetings from "Idiocracy"

    by martinjedlicka on Sat May 28, 2011 at 04:53:03 PM PDT

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    •  I think Cargill will buy into (5+ / 0-)

      the "system" that is quickly being implemented around them. We have to get back to local food production and local food consumption. Small farmers using co-ops and keeping seed to be able to support local communities are the way to go.

      •  Any Idiot Can Name a Hundred Better Ways to Go (1+ / 0-)
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        in different policy areas.

        Nobody knows how to get the United State could do them.

        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 Sat May 28, 2011 at 06:04:11 PM PDT

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