I was surprised that there is not already a thread about genetically modified foods on this board.
Reading about the Amflora potato being allowed into the European Union should raise alarm. It's interesting that the latest update to the Wikipedia article was made this morning, after the potato story broke. The entry on Amflora says: Amflora will be produced solely under contract farming conditions and not made available on the general market. Be that as it may, how can it be guaranteed that Amflora genes won't escape? This report, from 2001, is just one of many that has kept concerned organizations fighting the incursion of GM corn from the US into Mexico.
Perhaps I'm a backward alarmist, but it seems the far-reaching effects of releasing these mutations across the globe is not yet known. The Dust Bowl in the US was partly caused by innovations in farming, which had short-term positive effects. The reliance on a single variety of potato helped feed the people of Ireland until a pathogen sneaked in.
Monsanto sues farmers whose crops have been contaminated with their proprietary genes, for not paying Monsanto for the use of those genes. Even though the farmer didn't want them and would pay NOT to have them!
I am not again genetically modified in the old sense of the phrase. GM the monsanto way is really really worrying. It has potential effects not only on our health (as mentioned above, effects are not yet known), but on independant farmers - who are reduced to committing suicide, also on insects and other wildlife... and on the health of the earth that is supposed to feed us.
Why? - there are tests currently being made to check if the worrying gradual disappearance of bees is linked to GM farming
- farmers in the third world have been conned into using these seeds that don't reproduce. It plunges them into poverty, to an extent they had never known before.
- intensive farming does not allow the earth to rest, it doesn't allow it to get nutrients back into it between crops. The result is poor quality food and the need for more and more petrol-based chemical fertilisers to be used on an increasingly poor earth.
With reserves of petrol dwindling.. we may want to think forward to a way of using less petrochemicals in our food production. And what I understand about it is that uptodate organic farming sorts all the above points out.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
There's been a fight for years over the introduction of gm corn into Mexico. This country is the birthplace of corn and the evolved varieties are matched to the various climates and conditions in this country. There is already evidence of contamination by the gm corn far from any areas where it should be found. The government here is notoriously disconnected from the reality of the lives of much of the population. Right here in the central valley of Oaxaca, home of the state capital, many farmers use oxen are used for plowing and have no irrigation. Laboratory-created varieties could destroy this kind of subsistence farming and offer nothing to replace it. www.usnews.com/science/articles/2010/02/04/mexico-starts-planting-genetically-modified-corn.html
After reading about the non-edible potato (linked in #2 above), I looked up potato starch. Of course I knew that the naturally occurring starch has been used in homes for centuries, but the starch of the little Frankenstein potato is mostly slated for crap "foods": www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/9560/ Admittedly, some of the other ideas for use of the starch are interesting, but they're all in the research stage and several probably have hidden complications. And why is a potential time-bomb of genetic modification needed, when surplus food potato crops could be used instead?
I think we need to be very wary of any assertion concerning the "goodness" or "badness" of a technology. Technologies are neither good nor bad. Once they have been developed however, it is critical that we manage their use and legislate and enforce against their misuse. They WILL NOT go away.
Annie, I have not been able to view this because of time constraints and most of all technical problems on my computer that are not allowing me to do a variety of things right now. But, I am very interested in the topic and will look at . Thanks for posting it.
I think that it's okay to gloat about these misfortunes, don't you? The article is infuriating because of its tone of acceptance for GM crops and for chemical controls of all kinds. Admittedly, it's from the Business section of the NYTimes, so can't be expected to pronounce on the ethics of tinkering with nature. Still, it's scary to once again be reminded of how wide-spread GM crops, Roundup, etc. are. This is my abridgment. Click on the text for the complete article.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press Farmer Jerry McCulley refills his sprayer with the weed killer glyphosate on a farm near Auburn, Ill. A handful of hardy weeds have adapted to survive glyphosate, which many scientists say threatens to make the ubiquitous herbicide far less useful to farmers.
Very interesting (although I did not have time to watch the entire documentary -- yet) -- Monsanto has been an ecological curse word in France for at least a decade, and probably in most of the rest of Europe as well.
Post by frenchmystiquetour on Mar 27, 2011 21:53:38 GMT
Monsanto has a huge facility adjacent to one of the major highways in central Massachusetts. It looks like a small city and is one of the most frightening looking industrial complexes I have ever seen.
i haven't really read all the articles or watched the movies linked here, but just remembered how a few days ago someone was telling about something with genetic modification citing some example where they put genes of peanuts into some other plants... which just made me wonder: i know a few people that are very allergic to nuts - is it always ensured that these other food items stay save for them to eat? or will people with allergies one day have to shop in special stores to make sure they don't die from some random food seemingly unrelated to their allergy? but then again, maybe that's not how it works, i know nothing about the whole technology, after all...
Thanks Bixa, that was absolutely wondrous wasn't it? It made me feel quite weepy! Life is so very simple really...or it should be. I detest how we muck it up or adulterate everything. I really hope I come back as a humming bird next time around. Wouldn't that be brilliant?
Or maybe a Golden Eagle......or even the Bees Knees...