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What is GM food and what is the difference between genetically modified food and hybridization?
Genetic engineering is the process of breaking the natural boundaries that exist between species to produce new life forms that will produce a variety of desired traits. For example, genes from salmon can be spliced into tomatoes to make them more resistant to cold weather, thereby yielding a larger crop when the weather is less than favorable. Hybridization is the fertilization of the flower of one species by the pollen of another species-or artificial cross pollination (right?). .
The problem folks have with GMOs is that scientists are creating completely new varieties of plants with genes having nothing to do with one another. Not only are they creating untested franken-plants, but the only known medium able to introduce newly created gene strands into a plant’s cell, is a virus or bacteria. So, this newly created plant using genes from any number of plants and/or animals is also being bombarded with viruses and bacteria
On the other hand, unlike GMOs, the process of creating a hybrid is a completely natural one that often happens in nature. Hybrid plants are created by cross-pollinating two closely related species of the same genus or two cultivars or varieties within the same species. What this means, is that swapping pollen from two closely related plants will create a new plant variety.
Who paid them to NOT grow food.
Thats the point....there would be plenty of food, yes even it was grown organically.
The farmers were paid to NOT grow, and they threw food away to keep prices high, for the almighty figgin dollar!
You know, the same Corporate Lords we have now, thanks to FDR!!!
guess I will have to educate everyone,
In May 1933 the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) was passed. This act encouraged those who were still left in farming to grow fewer crops. Therefore, there would be less produce on the market and crop prices would rise thus benefiting the farmers – though not the consumers.
The AAA paid farmers to destroy some of their crops and farm animals. In 1933 alone, $100 million was paid out to cotton farmers to plough their crop back into the ground! Six million piglets were slaughtered by the government after it had bought them from the farmers. The meat was canned and given away for free to the unemployed. Though this all made perfect sense in terms of economically stabilising the farming market, many Americans could not accept this policy of destruction. Opponents of the New Deal created a simple chant for people to express their views on the AAA - "Poor Little Piggies".
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by neo96
Sorry your sadly misinformed....
those years are the plague years, from GMO crop failure...
and 10 years of Round Up, and glycoshpate!
And by the way, a chart alone without a context of meaning ...does not cut it.
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by burntheships
Sometimes you can get them to grow but they rarely reproduce the following year. So you could grow without expectation of outcome, seed from the previous year. (You know I am an organic grower by profession right?)edit on 22-1-2013 by antar because: (no reason given)
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are investigating the yellowing of upward of 40,000 acres of wheat in Umatilla and Morrow counties. So far, the cause is a mystery
Dr. Don Huber walked past a soybean field and noticed a distinct line separating severely diseased yellowing soybeans on the right from healthy green plants on the left (see photo). The yellow section was suffering from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease that ravaged the Midwest in 2009 and ’10, driving down yields and profits. Something had caused that area of soybeans to be highly susceptible.
Don Huber spent 35 years as a plant pathologist at Purdue University and knows a lot about what causes green plants to turn yellow and die prematurely. He asked the seed dealer why the SDS was so severe in the one area of the field and not the other. “Did you plant something there last year that wasn’t planted in the rest of the field?” he asked. Sure enough, precisely where the severe SDS was, the dealer had grown alfalfa, which he later killed off at the end of the season by spraying a glyphosate-based herbicide (such as Roundup). The healthy part of the field, on the other hand, had been planted to sweet corn and hadn’t received glyphosate.
Sudden Death Syndrome is more severe at the ends of rows, where Roundup dose is strongest. Photo by Amy Bandy.
This was yet another confirmation that Roundup was triggering SDS. In many fields, the evidence is even more obvious. The disease was most severe at the ends of rows where the herbicide applicator looped back to make another pass (see photo). That’s where extra Roundup was applied.
Originally posted by tnhiker
This thing about the viral gene might go a good ways to explain the viscous flu outbreak this year? We have no immune systems.
Originally posted by neo96
reply to post by burntheships
Gmo is bad organic is good is hardly a "debate"