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Old 04-18-2014, 07:02 PM
Location: 3rd rock from a nearby star
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The genie is out of the bottle, it may not be possible to put it back in. We enjoy greater prosperity due to GMO's, and pollute less as a result. If the solution is starvation, and more pollution, maybe I'll stick with GMO's.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:01 PM
Location: Haiku
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I do not think GMO foods are unsafe but I wonder why manufacturers of GMO products are against truth in labeling. Let the consumer make his own choice on what he/she wants to eat.

But that being said, I am skeptical of the larger impact of releasing genetically modified organisms. While I am sure Monsanto and others have made sure they are not creating food that is going to harm people (that after all would be bad for business), I am not so sure on their dedication to understanding long term impact to everything besides people who eat their GMO food. One such impact is the effect on bio-diversity. Diversity is critical to evolution. By suppressing it, we have put ourselves into the position of replacing evolution with genetic engineering.

Another issue is that organisms, like rice or corn, do not exist in their own little worlds - they interact with other organisms and there are co-dependencies. Do we know what all of those are and of all the down-stream effects by upsetting that balance? Almost all genes are multipurpose - a gene will have more than one effect on the phenotype. Do we know what all the effects are for the genes that were added?

My last issue is, where does this all stop? It is a short leap to go from genetically engineered food, to engineered animals, and then on to people. Providing a service to parents wherein they can design super-smart, perfect-body kids is going to be highly lucrative. But then only the rich can afford it, and we have a society stratified by engineered genes.

I think it is a Pandora's box, but as someone said here, it is probably too late anyway.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:27 AM
Location: USA
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If a product is genetically engineered, it can be patented. If it's patented, the company will most likely enforce the patent, which it has every right to. If a large company like, say, Monsanto, DuPont or Dow Chemical control 80 to 90 percent of the corn and soy seed market, they can make if very difficult for farmers NOT to plant anything but their seeds. I'm sure the large multi-national company will claim otherwise for PR purposes.

funny but disturbing articles and video: The Supreme Court won’t stop Monsanto from suing farmers - Salon.com

Monsanto vs Farmer | The Grand Disillusion
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