Originally posted by klain
A good proportion of GM foods have been used for some time across America. I know that the meat used in Mc Donalds foods can't 100% say that it is GM
free at least in the US I'm not sure about the rest of the world.
The real problem is this...
The world is becoming over populated and the food needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many, unfortunately.
Oh, I beg to differ. First, the world is not overpopulated. And the problem is that PROFIT drives the distribution, not NEED. Supermarkets throw
out hundreds of thousands of tons of food each month - because it didn't sell before its date. On top of this, farmers are paid to NOT produce
The problem is that the western world consumes more of everything on a massive scale than some of the developing and third world
No, the problem is the distribution method - where food is for sale before the hungry may eat. This leads to huge waste. Because food is for sale
only in (relatively) affluent areas, not in impoverished areas. It has not been distributed well from the standpoint of the hungry.
Because of this massive demand on food that in many cases can be exported all around the world people sometimes turn to GM foods that take less
time to grow, requires less water and will be more resistant to insects.
Less time to grow = less nutrition. Poison for insects = poison for Us. The whole GMO move is NOT about feeding Us efficiently. It's about seizing
control of the food supply through patents and "suicide" seed.
Unfortunatly this technology was used before the ethical ramifications could be realised, by allowing the GM foods to grow outside a lab
envionment you really are not accounting for "life finding a way" as one of the doctors said in jurrasic park.
Both profit and control played a part in the choice to release the monster from its cage. But I assure You, there were Individuals who thought well
and long on the possible outcomes of that act. And They don't care about Ethics.
I believe that all GM foods should be internationally regualated and only be grown in lab environments the minute you let it out into the world
there is no garentee the proverbial won't hit the fan, there should be a fail safe built into these foods that ensure they cannot survive outside
the lab environment.
Wish You had been in charge. Now, it's too late for that and We need to clean up this mess. Maybe for future experiments, Your idea is good.
Vegetation Vigilantism may be a viable solution...
However after that small speach you won't believe this but I am pro GM foods, I think they have a use and great potential especially for
drought ridden countries (which was there original purpose). GM foods will also help the environment by being high yeild foods that we can grow
I'm betting indigenous foods would yield just as well, with higher nutrition overall, and with statistically speaking zero issues amongst the Beings
and beings consuming them. Until a non-biased test shows substantial range of benefits with no drawbacks... I'm sticking with the quality stuff
tested over millions of years and, in essence, symbiotic with Humans.
Currently a huge proportion of the US economy is built upon agriculture which is currently being farmed unsustainably. There is a huge food
demand that continues to grow for every new person born in the world. The US can't provide for everyone in the world and it won't be long before it
ends up being barren land if a solution isn't reached.
You might be interested in Polyface Farms. Beautifully and organically run with bountiful output and animals unstressed. This CAN be done if We
choose to do it.
What I'm saying in summery is that the technology isn't the problem, it never has been, it's those who use it iresopnsibly.
And what I'm saying is that, while You're right that it isn't technology that is the problem, You're wrong about the blame.
It's those who love money more than a connection to Humans. Who love power over Others. Who control the energy... Money/power/energy = three
states of the same thing. It's Those who would control the seed, the water, the land, the air waves, the Interweb, and ultimately Us.
We really are on the presipice now, if we havn't already passed it where we need to start working for a sustainable future and like it or not
GM foods will be a part of it.
"Like it or not!?!" Gee, We will be poisoning Ourselves and Our children and on down the line. Might as well throw in the towel. Heh. Vegetation
But You're right about one thing, We may already be too far out over the edge on this. Here's My Ideas on how We might change this or stave off
vast damage, at any rate:
The End of Entropy
- the foundation - read first
The Ethical Planetarian Party Platform
- the structure