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"What is done to the genome of these plants has been called "genetic pollution" by scientists, in spite of how "safe" the companies that sell it claim them to be.

Some scientists are the ones making these alterations... You drastically misunderstand genetics. Natural breeding with always cause gene flow and loss. There will always be viruses that can transfer genes to organisms, and insert themselves into the genome of host species. It doesn't matter if some scientists call it genetic pollution, what it is is genetic engineering.

"It produces thousands of potentially toxic effects, including sterility, birth defects, autoimmune disease, etc."

Please show me such? Potentially toxic effects like what? Where is the sterility you talk about, the birth defects and autoimmune disease. Every GMO is NOT the same. Different techniques are used for each, and different genes are insert. Some can be from the same species just different varieties, and some can be from different plant species in the same genus, some in the same family, or some completely different. There can be insertions from bacteria, and there can we ones from animals. Every insertion is different, and that why every gmo is individually accessed. These foods go through more scrutiny than any hybrid crop or plant out there. They also have a mandatory testing for all of the 500 known allergens... which is not mandatory for any non engineered food.

"And don't forget, the largest company involved in genetic modification of your food is also one of the world's largest pesticide and poison manufacturers."

No coincidence. It is an agriculture based company, it makes sense they would diversify out into other areas of agriculture business. Is there any coincidence that the companies that stand to profit the most from this bill are financing it?

Fear of science is not the way. Fear of science gets you backwards societies with disease, dogma, and lower standards of living. With our ever increasing population does it make any sense to not try to improve the crops we grow. To engineer things like increased nutrients? Or herbicide resistance, or an insecticide? Make it so we don't have to spray the pesticides? Why not reduce crop losses?

Also, poison manufacturer? WTF? You do realize pesticides are a fact of life. Do you have any idea what insects, fungi, and weeds and do to world crops? If a crop doesn't have a resistant gene, and none of the genus or species that can form hybrids have a resistance gene, what then? With global warming we are seeing more and more invasive species range extensions, as the climates are becoming more hospitable to these invasive species.



Posted by reedbarnes
07 August 2012 | 19h11

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