posted on Aug, 13 2018 @ 08:44 AM
a reply to: TheRedneck
I am actually Not anti GMO just cautious about it.
As you rightly point out most variety's even the heirloom/traditional variety's are usually hybrids, indeed one of the quirk's of history that is
often used to put an angry bee into some archaeological argument's is that the cotton used by the native american's to make there textiles BEFORE
Columbus supposedly discovered them was actually a hybrid of old and new world cotton's.
So it's not only food's.
We are a strange species, we burn most of our food to chemically alter it and make it more digestible to us which no other species does and we
hybridize and selectively breed both animal and plant stock over generations to make it more suitable to our need's, all that GMO really is when all
is said and done is just bringing this tradition of human alteration of our environment into a more modern format using modern science.
The danger is that we can indeed make mistake's doing this, create a crop that is highly beneficial but becomes an nuisance weed and spreads out of
control invading other eco systems for example or a crop which can be naturally cross pollinated with wild species and so create hybrid's that have
property's which may be undesirable.
But genetic modification on a leash, well regulated and with genuine high ethical standards is most definitely beneficial on the whole, but
accident's will happen and it is of course like all science open to abuse especially were profit is concerned.
It would be naive to think we could turn back the clock now and also would we really want to, as you rightly point out population growth is going to
happen and we have to feed those people, we have vast tract's of arable land which are currently uncultivated around the world, some of it is too far
north, some too dry, some has poor soil and others has too wide a variety and extremity of season's and weather so hardy GM crop's if they are
properly designed are not only a life saver they are actually essential.
My real bone is the pesticides and the danger of rogue accidental cross pollination of crop's with undesirable outcome's.
edit on 13-8-2018 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)