Ironically, the introduction of GMOs in the 1990s was supposed to lower pesticide use in the United States, but it's done anything but that. In 2009 alone, farmers dumped more than 57 million pounds of glyphosate on food crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just like overusing antibiotics in farm animals causes antibiotics resistant, pesticide abuse causes weed resistance, resulting in massive, hard-to-kill superweeds. Because of this, non-organic farmers are forced to use more pesticides, sometimes even reverting back to older, even more dangerous types.
Originally posted by XLR8R
reply to post by BaneOfQuo
NO not at all. Cross pollination happens in nature. Adding moth DNA to wheat is not natural.
Originally posted by BaneOfQuo
Originally posted by SloAnPainful
Originally posted by BaneOfQuo
We hav been modifying the world around us since humans first settled and form our early agrarian societies. Back then it was a matter of survival and sustainability. We face the same scenario now in a world this continually growing and struggles to find means to feed the population.
I get where you're coming from, but we haven't been modifying what goes into our bodies I.E food. Something we ingest that has the ability to kill us...
Feeding the population is important but not at the risk of also killing people. I would say that's not making much progress...
Not necessarily true, we crossed pollinated plants to to produce better yields etc.. Is that not a rudimentary form of genetic manipulation?
Originally posted by chiefsmom
reply to post by BaneOfQuo
How about because even when other countries ship food to starving countries, the leaders of those countries do not deliver it to the people that actually need it.
It's usually the politics that create the starving people in this day and age.
Corn is an excellent example of a hybrid you will not find in nature, GMO or otherwise.
They mix genes from unlike plants and animals into plants to unnaturally produce hybrid monsters you could never find occurring in nature.
I'm not exactly sure what you mean here but plants are chemical factories. They all produce their own herbicides and insecticides.
They force the changes with chemicals not natural to the plant.
What unhealthy byproducts? How are other plants greatly affected? How are animals greatly affected?
This produces unhealthy byproducts in the GMO's that in turn greatly effect other plants and animals out in the environment.
Are you sure about that?
The cross pollinated plants do not have such shortcomings.
Koerth-Baker goes on to use the Lenape as an interesting example of food modification, and points out that this potato isn't just a prop in a cautionary tale against selective breeding. Classic breeding techniques can produce unforeseen, potentially dangerous or unhealthy results, too. Nevertheless, food modification has created a lot of controversy. The Lenape isn't exactly a poster spud for the merits of engineering better foods, but at least it's not as bad as New Zealand's (organic) killer zucchini.
Because of its toxicity, the potato variety Lenape was withdrawn from the market. Celery, parsley, and parsnips contain the linear furanocoumarin phytoalexins psoralen, bergapten, and xanthotoxin that can cause photosensitization and also are photomutagenic and photocarcinogenic. Celery field workers and handlers continually have photosensitization problems as a result of these indigenous celery furanocoumarins. A new celery cultivar (a result of plant breeding to produce a more pest-resistant variety) was responsible for significant incidences of phytophotodermatitis of grocery employees. Since there is no regulatory agency or body designated to oversee potential toxicological issues associated with naturally occurring toxicants, photodermatitis continues to occur from celery exposure. Sweet potatoes contain phytoalexins that can cause lung edema and are hepatotoxic to mice. At least one of these, 4-ipomeanol, can cause extensive lung clara cell necrosis and can increase the severity of pneumonia in mice. Some phytoalexins in sweet potatoes are hepatotoxic and nephrotoxic to mice.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by Wonderer2012
I tell you monspanto and their cronies have billions and billions to feed the corrupted members of the US congress and I am sure that they will have more billions to feed the UK as well.
Because after all the elite do not have to eat it.
Since natural human gene patents are now voided by the court what about taking Monsanto's claimed ownership of plant genes to the supreme court on the same points used to win this battle?
People were not addicted to anything before GMOs? People didn't get sick?
People eat this GMO crap along with artificial sweeteners and are on consequently on anti depressants, addicted to smoke, drinking their lives away and feel ill for most of their lifetime. Something is off way off with general health.
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar.
Originally posted by Wonderer2012
Our politicians are SOLD OUT, they no longer represent the interests of the people. They hide in the open through 'inversion', so when one says improve human health, the opposite is intended.
This is the beginning now, of an ongoing propaganda campaign to make the UK and countries in Europe accept GMO and allow the food supply of the world to come under the control of corporations.
Whether GMO is safe or not, which it most likely isn't, it is about control of our food.
This is key to the NWO agenda. We are one of the last few generations who have an opportunity to stop what is happening, but collectively, we will let them win. Why? Because most people won't care until it is too late.
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