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Petition: The Banning of ALL GM FOODS

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posted on May, 26 2005 @ 04:21 PM
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AceofBase, genes are just genes. It's not where they come from that worries me(and it shouldn't worry you either), its the unintended side-affects that comes with our tinkering. One gene usually has a role in multiple portions of the orginism, taking one out or putting one in can have a dramatic impact, either positive or negative or both. Only with experimentation and time can we really be sure about this technology. Of course they are already experimenting with this technology ... on us.




posted on May, 26 2005 @ 07:16 PM
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Doesn't worry me in the least. After a Billion+ people eating GE foods, with NO side affects for DECADES, it's safe to say GE food is safe. And if not, who wants to live forever anyways?



posted on May, 26 2005 @ 07:26 PM
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Originally posted by James the Lesser
Doesn't worry me in the least. After a Billion+ people eating GE foods, with NO side affects for DECADES, it's safe to say GE food is safe. And if not, who wants to live forever anyways?


Looks like you're wrong about that.
It hasn't been DECADES as the first GM crop wasn't available commercially until 1994.



en.wikipedia.org...

History

The first commercially grown genetically modified food crop was a tomato created by Calgene called the FlavrSavr. Calgene submitted it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for testing in 1992; following the FDA's determination that the FlavrSavr was, in fact, a tomato, did not constitute a health hazard, and did not need to be labeled to indicate it was genetically modified, Calgene released it into the market in 1994, where it met with little public comment. Considered to have a poor flavor, it never sold well and was off the market by 1997.

Subsequent genetically modified food crops included virus-resistant squash, a potato variant that included an organic pesticide that kills caterpillars, named after the bacterium that produces it, Bt (NB: the US Environmental Protection Agency classified the Bt potato as a pesticide, but required no labeling), strains of canola, soybean, corn and cotton engineered by Monsanto to be immune to their popular herbicide Roundup, and Bt corn.



posted on May, 26 2005 @ 07:58 PM
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Based on what I've learned, GM food is the improved form and it is modified to be disease resistant and more suitable for the needs of the modern world.
Genes are introduced into plants from strains and species which are far away from their own, which leads to a possibility of improvement.
It is true that mostly bacteria are used as vectors. The most widely used is Agrobacterium tumefaciens (normaly produces plant tumor by a special plasmid, however, there is a way to disarm it). So through this bacterium are the genes inserted into the plants. Of course it is no surprise, that these bacteria are then found in the plants. However, they are NOT functional anymore to cause harm.

Generally, GM food is healthier and better. It should be fully tested before put on market though.



posted on May, 26 2005 @ 08:16 PM
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Keyword AOB, commercial, not Norman going to CHina, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and of course Africa. Norman Borlaug is thee greatest human, ever.



posted on May, 26 2005 @ 08:42 PM
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Originally posted by James the Lesser
Keyword AOB, commercial, not Norman going to CHina, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and of course Africa. Norman Borlaug is thee greatest human, ever.


Norman Borlaug's crops were not GM.
The first ever GM crops were not developed until 1983.
That's 13 years after he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Here's a timeline from Monsanto:



biotechknowledge.monsanto.com
1983
The first transgenic plant: a tobacco plant resistant to an antibiotic.

1985
Genetically engineered plants resistant to insects, viruses, and bacteria are field tested for the first time.

1990
The first successful field trial of genetically engineered cotton plants (bt cotton) is conducted.

DEKALB receives the first patent for transformed corn.

1994
The Flavr-Savr tomato, designed to resist rotting, is approved by the FDA for sale in the United States.

1995-1996
Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybeans, which are resistant to herbicides, and YieldGard Corn, which is protected from the corn borer, are approved for sale in the United States. Bollgard cotton first commercialized in the US.

1997
Roundup Ready cotton first commercialized in the US.

1998
DEKALB markets the first Roundup Ready corn.


As you can see, it's been out there for a very short while.



posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 07:31 AM
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To all who has allergies of anykind i'm posting this link.

Gentically Modified Foods: A Concern for the Allergic

If someone likes to be treated as a lab rat so be it, but I reefuse to eat this "safe foods" until it's properly tested. And after all tests I still wouldnt eat it.



posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 01:35 PM
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Originally posted by James the Lesser
Doesn't worry me in the least. After a Billion+ people eating GE foods, with NO side affects for DECADES, it's safe to say GE food is safe. And if not, who wants to live forever anyways?


You keep repeating the same propaganda, with no proof, like some TV screen
straight out of 1984 And then in a single sentence you show your hypocrisy. After your hole spews "Saved a Billion lives" you fall down on your face with "who wants to live forever". How much more ignorant can you get.

The proof is against you, when you look at the increase in cancer, diabetes, luekemia, mental illness oh and STARVING people around the world. Has anyone even tried to trace this to the food supply? No they never looked at it.


Dupont, 15 years ago, started selling seeds that only grow in their chemical fertlizer

Seven corporations control the entire world food supply.
The day will come when you can't find seeds that grow in your backyard without dumping
chemicals in your yard, or paying the corporation for the priviledge of growing witht their seeds.
And when you are done growing, your plants won't produce viable seeds of their own.

In Mexico GM corn crops have invaded, they originally had dozens of varieties of corn, each with its own properties and resistances, but these GM crops are invading, replacing these varieties, it will only require one mutation of one fungus or insect to wipe out these GM crops entirely, where in the past the other varieties of corn would survive when such a blight hit a crop.

Genetic Diversity is strength through millions of years of evolution.

Genetic Modification is breeding chemical dependance.




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