posted on Nov, 4 2010 @ 02:09 AM
Originally posted by Whyhi
reply to post by NoHierarchy
...citizens act to protect the food supply and the planet.
Definitions of protect on the Web:
- shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
Yeah...Oh I forgot, unless it's some natural / organic / pseudoscience food, it's bad. Evil science...
Well aside from any claims of toxicity or other direct health concerns, the simple matter of ecology is a serious science which is difficult to deny.
GM crops are notorious for unstable monocultures. The reason plants have evolved such fantastic genetic diversity and intimate involvement with other
species is because it works. Without diversity you have extremely high susceptibility to collapse; i.e. a monoculture of crops will ALL die off to one
single disease/fungus/etc. rather than only a portion. Also, domesticated (and in this case extremely genetically modified) food has a long history of
butting heads against wild ecosystems and the flora within. We can take land use, for instance, that's a pretty blatant destruction of wild lands for
GM crops, then there is the spreading of GM seed which can take over land/nutrients of other species. There is also something to be said about
attracting large numbers of parasites which feed on such crops and the subsequent need for toxic pesticides. Sure GM, crops aren't inherently evil...
... but there are enough problems with them that we should severely limit and prevent widespread use without fully accounting for and
mitigating consequences on the environment and anything that consumes them.... which we haven't really done. In general there is also a distaste for
the increasing superficiality, domestication, and "artificialization" of our planet. Humans are born of wilderness, and experiencing such an
artificial world is a shock to many of our systems, mental and physical (and even spiritual depending how you look at it).
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NoHierarchy because: (no reason given)