Originally Posted by ProfessionalMackem
There's a bit of a difference beteween stuff that is natural and stuff that is man made? Surely you can see that.
We wont know the impact of GM crops have for quite a few years down the road. They're linking the downturn of the honeybee to them already.
That list includes a lot of stuff that puts us in harms way. Dont always believe the big companies to put our well being infront of profit. The tobacco lobby's for decades guarenteed there was no link between smoking and cancer. So dont be so quick to defend them.
Monsato is the spawn of the devil.
What can you tell me about CODEX ALMENTARIUS?
Codex Alimentarius was created in 1962 as a trade Commission by the UN to control the international trade of food. Its initial intentions may have been altruistic but it has been taken over by corporate interests, most notably the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries.
Codex Alimentarius will go into global implementation by December 31, 2009.
It is fucked up beyond recognition. A real eye openner. One example is its wants every living animal that we eat to be treated with growth hormones. WTF?
Dr Rima laibow talks about it for 5 mins.
Tell me what is natural and what is man made?
GM crops have been grown in the US for nearly 20 years now. I'd like you to show me the scientific paper (not media scare story) that conclusively links GM crops to any adverse
environmental effects. Not a paper from Monsanto or from a green lobby group, but from independent academics.
You put a GM seed manufacturer and pesticide use in the same bracket. One of the only practical ways to reduce pesticide use and maintain current levels of food production is through GMOs carrying pest/pathogen resistance genes. This suggests to me you haven't really thought this through.
Anyway, back to what is natural and what isn't. Look at Maize (corn on the cob) and look at Teosinte. Teosinte is the nearest wild relative of Maize. Maize is, essentially, Teosinte that has been selectively bred by humans for thousands of years to look like that. Selective breeding involves selecting plants that show signs of expressing a gene or set of genes which result in a desirable phenotype. All Genetic Engineering involves is adding that gene, or set of genes, instantly. Just because we now know
we're playing with genetic, it doesn't make it bad, does it? I say no, in fact, it gives us greater control over what we're selecting for and makes the whole process far more efficient.
The organic movement makes me sick. It's unsustainable, inefficient, selfish and morally-bankrupt.
I'm not one who sticks up for big companies. I'm someone who studies genetics. Couldn't give a crap about who is making money from GMOs, as long as they're out there benefiting mankind.