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are so fucking stupid. What's their argument for christ sake?
Thanks for your time.
WHERE'S THE FLASH ANIMATION YOU LUDDITE HIPPY BEATNIKS?
and the first point is misleading and wrong.. GM crops don't contaminate other crops. You just have to read the they crap they link to which very often contradicted the argument they put it up to support.
Sorry, I'm feeling pedantic.
there never is an argument. It's all vague suggestions that it's not 'natural' and other bullshit that can be applied to millions of aspects of everyday life that nobody complains about.
if you don't know their argument?
Food can be made healthier, given longer shelf lives and can be fortified with B12 etc to prevent deficiencies related diseases that are pretty common in third world countries. It also provided higher yields for much lower production costs which means cheaper food and more profits for farmers.
Nobody wants to get that stuff on their shoes do they?
when you're tucking into tomatoes the size of your head.
Plenty of real issues surrounding GM crops
i hate school I wish I had meningitus no school for me again EVER
Clearly it isn't as droll as some other people's though
They are violently opposed to humanity being reduced to an amorphous grey nano-goo.
I can sympathise with the argument more research might be needed before GM foods come into common usage but the people who have a "permanent and definite" opposition regardless of the outcome of research are absolute fucking idiots.
sinister BIOTECH firms copyrighting food? Or some such. Crichton's dead now isn't he?
but there are some arguments which are basically an irrational objection to anything 'unnatural' or 'modified'. Geez, it's almost as if scientists are crossing corn with hitler's brain cells, or something.
Truth is, genetic engineering of plants has been occuring, in some form or other, since the dawn of time. You select the plants you want to eat (big leaves/fruit or high tolerance to rain etc), cross them, produce more of those plants, repeat ad-infinitum. Selective breeding is basically genetic engineering. What is done 'in the lab' is only an extension of that, which makes the whole process much faster and more easily controlled.
there's not enough long term evidence that this food isn't dangerous, basically. It's also bad for the environment and screws up organic, or even regular crops. It's laziness on the part of the farmer and the goverment who's responsibility should be to ensure that we all have clean, safe, nutritious food.
GM food can be good or bad (for the enviroment), depending on how it's used. Like pretty much everything.
it's also better for the environment. The food couldn't possibly be dangerous, theres no evidence at all for that. It doesn't screw up normal crops or your precious shitty organic crops. Suck on that.
But, given there's no evidence it will, we assume it won't until proven otherwise. Why treat GM foods differently?
e.g have an allergic reaction or intolerance.
Even though this will cause mass hysteria, it's not an argument against GM, so much as an argument against eating:
Consider how many food allergies already exist to peanuts, seafood, soy, wheat, milk, eggs...
but I think it is something we should be cautious about, say something is accidentally created that has a damaging effect on the environment, wiping out other species or being poisoness or something, it may not be known at first it may come about through intereraction with other variations or just through natural mutations (cant imagine these spliced genes are too stable), there would be no way of reversing it, the pollen is out there in the world. So irreversable unknown consequences, precautionary princple should be in play
otherwise nothing would have been invented ever. By your same logic could argue doctors shouldn't have tried to develop early medicines as they couldn't be sure they wouldn't have invented explosives capable of destroying the entire world.
it is the level of potential consequences, it is quite easy to envision how gm plants could get out of hand and there would be no turning back, where as creating a dangerous medicine would only have a specific localised impact.
It is easily concievable something like that would happen. Many GM foods are designed to be extremely resiliant, say they were made too resiliant and there pollen escaped the GM farms and mixed with natural varieties, they could then wipe out other species, knock on effects for the ecosystem etc etc
a) are all incompetent
b) don't test what they're doing before releasing it into the file.
I think you may be wrong on both these points.
theres a tiny possibility of everything going spectacularly tits up, but that probably won't happen, and some awesome things could be done with it, so let's just fucking go for it
also,giving some companies free reign to sell seeds that cant propagate themselves,so that the farmers will have to keep coming back is a frigging disgrace,which is what will happen yo
by saying stuff like 'we can create plants that will thrive in deserts and droughts and feed the third world' when actually what happens is they create plants that dont produce seeds so they keep having to come back to pay for more
is an economic-political one, rather than an objection to the science (which I admit I don't know enough about). Increased yields, resistant strains and nutritional fortification are all very well, but if the price to be paid for a drop in famine and disease is that poorer regions end up in hock to agribusiness interests, it seems like a pretty depressing development.
should not be globally owned by a handful of megacorporations
GM food is the conduit for such a reality to occur
therefore I object to GM food
So why not let people who want the benefits of GM have it ? People who don't want it, don't have to use it.
Also, there is no reason governments could not fund research to develop and patent GM technologies of their own.
to stop them freezing when they go in a freezer?
I can't see any reason to be bothered by that.
you do realise fish and tomatoes share most of their DNA?
Hey, tomatoes and fish! Get a room!
where Tom Archer destroyed his uncle Brian's GM crop field?... It was serious infotainment. You know, he ended up with anti-GM protestor Kirsty (who has a lovely voice) and now, ironically, Brian is now the one keeping Tom's organic dreams alive with his majority stake in Tom's pig business?
erm, no, me neither.