posted on Feb, 14 2015 @ 11:23 PM
a reply to: undo
And soon! Before they are declared a non-native invasive species and rooted out by, well, the roots!
GMO could mean something as simple as the farmer noticed big apples on this tree last year - he grafted a branch from big apple tree onto little apple
tree, or cross-pollinated or whichever mechanism is needed for apples to reproduce. By introducing the genetics from big apple tree to little apple
tree, he has technically created a Genetically Modified Organism. Would I worry about eating the progeny of that? Nope. It's all still apples.
But when you reach down into that DNA, that cellular level stuff, and start changing fundamental processes directly AT that level, with malice
aforethought, we have suddenly introduced the oranges to the equation. Those changes have not been studied for extended periods, within the human
organism. We just do not know how much of the original apple DNA we can play with before we convert apples into something that never existed, and for
which we are not prepared.
CAUTION is urged with these things. So when the USDA says that they never looked at human impact before approving these trees - they only looked at
what these trees could carry to other trees - red signal lights all over the place for me.