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Old 10-05-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Just a few minutes ago I was lamenting to a friend of mine via email how disturbed I was to see so man GMO products at a farm show I attended recently. To which my friend replied.... "What's GMO?"

Now I have considered the onslaught of Monsanto and other GMO companies to be probably the most serious and worrisome aspect of the current state of farming in this nation and I was gobsmacked to come to the realization that someone in this country was not aware of GMO and what it could, possibly, mean to consumers.

My question is..... are there a lot of people like this? Can it be possible?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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Yes, I think there are a lot of people who are totally unaware of GMO.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I agree. Most people don't understand the process from the making of the seeds to the fruit/veggie on their dinner plate. Its mind blowing what these companies can do.

Politics of the Plate: GM Birth Control?: Food Politics : gourmet.com
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Well I am frankly astounded that people do not know (and perhaps do not care) that GMO foods *might* be unsafe. I guess so many of them have the attitude that "the government" will protect them. Yeah right.

just wow.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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To many, perhaps most, it means.... better. These are the people who think pesticides are okay because, don'cha know, pesticides can be washed off.

There's little perception of facts. Pesticides go into the soil (into root systems and into soil runoff) as well as are absorbed through leaf systems. Poisons are passed along to us.

GMO's are man's way of tampering with the unknown to line corporate pockets. Personally, I don't want vegetable dna crossed with animal dna. Nor do I want irradiated food nor a contaminated/corrupt food chain.

The easy path of ignorance is the way of most. We just sound like worry warts to them.

Kate

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Old 10-07-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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To many, perhaps most, it means.... better. These are the people who think pesticides are okay because, don'cha know, pesticides can be washed off.

There's little perception of facts. Pesticides go into the soil (into root systems and into soil runoff) as well as are absorbed through leaf systems. Poisons are passed along to us.

GMO's are man's way of tampering with the unknown to line corporate pockets. Personally, I don't want vegetable dna crossed with animal dna. Nor do I want irradiated food nor a contaminated/corrupt food chain.

The easy path of ignorance is the way of most. We just sound like worry warts to them.

Kate
I'm sure I read in the "mainstream media" a report where a bunch of sheep got into some GMO grain and eating it killed them. These are the things my nightmares are made of. There is a list somewhere on the internet that lists products that contain GMO. Things like Corn Flakes, Crackers, Bisquick, etc., etc., etc. Things that we are currently putting into our bodies and we have no clue what it is doing to us.

Yes, the idea of pig genes in tomatoes does not sit well with me. To say the least.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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Ok, I grew up in the country and had some city people stop by a garage sale we were holding. The children asked their mother what some animals in a pen we had were and she did not so she asked my mother. "Those?" "Yes, those." "You don't know what those are?" "NO. What are they?" "Chickens."

And when you don't think it could get any worse than that...."CHICKENS are ALIVE! I thought they were jsut things in packages that you got at the store!"

I couldn't be more serious.

If we have been deprogrammed this badly, its no wonder no one knows what GMO is
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: 3814′45″N 12237′53″W
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Just a few minutes ago I was lamenting to a friend of mine via email how disturbed I was to see so man GMO products at a farm show I attended recently. To which my friend replied.... "What's GMO?"

Now I have considered the onslaught of Monsanto and other GMO companies to be probably the most serious and worrisome aspect of the current state of farming in this nation and I was gobsmacked to come to the realization that someone in this country was not aware of GMO and what it could, possibly, mean to consumers.

My question is..... are there a lot of people like this? Can it be possible?

20yrsinBranson
Seriously frightening isn't it? We are all just money for the companies at this point...walking petri dishes or lab rats really.
Eat GMO then wonder why you end up with some god awful disease, pay out the wazoo to the insurance companies to "insure" your health, continue being ill, and wonder why?
Damn, people are stupid eh?
So since you are in Missouri you probably already know about this company, but if not, they're right here in my town now! No GMO!

here:

New Seed & Garden Store Opening in Petaluma, Ca. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:20 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I like Baker Creek and Seed Savers. This year we harvested alot of our own open pollinated seeds. Next year my plan is to only use heritage seeds and no hybrids.
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:30 AM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Ok, I grew up in the country and had some city people stop by a garage sale we were holding. The children asked their mother what some animals in a pen we had were and she did not so she asked my mother. "Those?" "Yes, those." "You don't know what those are?" "NO. What are they?" "Chickens."

And when you don't think it could get any worse than that...."CHICKENS are ALIVE! I thought they were jsut things in packages that you got at the store!"

I couldn't be more serious.

If we have been deprogrammed this badly, its no wonder no one knows what GMO is

Incredible story!!!!

A long time ago, I read that tomato prices are HIGH because McD's gets first pick & their needs have impacted the "demand" thus driving the prices up. And at the same time, I read that the demand increased the genetic modifications to keep the public satisfied with the appearance & production "quality" of tomatoes... *worried smiley!*

Here's something I found at this page GMO / Genetically Modified Foods



Percentage of crops that are Genetically Modified in the U.S.:
  • Soy (85%)
  • Cotton (Cottonseed) (76%)
  • Canola (75%)
  • Corn (40%)
  • Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash (small amount)
  • Quest brand tobacco (100%)
Here's an interesting article: Genetically Modified Food - GM Foods List and Information

This site has a list of companies that use GMO ingredients: http://organic.lovetoknow.com/Which_Foods_Have_GMOs Here, they say: "The only way that you can reduce your exposure to genetically modified organisms is to buy only 100% organic foods and those that are specifically labeled non-GMO."

I can't find a list of foods that have GMO's even though search results claim to lead me there.

I'd like to share that I came upon an article at a US govt website that detailed how dna modified goats are used in creating medicine. It was so wierd & grossed me out so I've blanked out the details. At the time, I was just looking into animal food recalls...

Animal parts for medicine is a pet peeve of mine. I think my discomfort is founded in the whole prion problem... A fear of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

And now we have plants dna mixing in with animals dna... We need to play "god" more carefully!

Kate

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