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GM salmon coming to a table near you?

Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 05:11 AM

Anyone else find this a bit scary? What's could be next? A GM steer weighing 5000 pounds. Forty pound cornish game hens? What's your opinion? Are GM foods the necessary way of the future needed to feed a growing planet of humans who must eat every day to survive?

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  1. ElsieB RE: Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 06:20 AM

    It is horrifyingly scary. And scarier are the multitudes of proponents advocating the safety and 'good science' behind this 'food' movement. Also, there are so many many people that have no idea what GM, GMO or GE food even means.
    Going into the grocery store is a hazard zone where I must have my reading glasses to make sure I am getting something real and not from a test tube. why this continues, I do not understand.

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    1. re: ElsieB
      The Professor RE: ElsieB Dec 26, 2012 06:24 AM

      To make matters worse, I'm guessing that approval of this monstrosity will come without a requirement to label it as GM.

    2. ursy_ten RE: Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 06:25 AM

      I agree, scary! Funny you should post this, yesterday I was just reading how pigs and other animals will not eat gmo produce.


      My New Year's resolution is to make a concerted effort to get my non gmo vegetable garden going.

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        ferret RE: ursy_ten Dec 26, 2012 06:43 AM

        I read that with more than a little skepticism.


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          brentk RE: ferret Dec 26, 2012 07:29 AM

          It sounded like BS to me, too.

          I would like to hear/read a more balanced discussion about GM foods, as I am rather skeptical about some of the blanket claims being made against GM practices. Perhaps there are some genetic combinations that might be problematic (and I am thinking here about using animal gene sequences in plants), but I suspect that there is also a lot of beneficial research that comes from the work in the labs, as well.

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            Virginian RE: brentk Dec 26, 2012 07:48 AM

            Well, it's highly unlikely that we will hear any balanced discussions on ChowHound.

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              ferret RE: brentk Dec 26, 2012 09:59 AM

              "It sounded like BS to me, too. "

              If you've spent any time around pigs you'll find that their reputation is well-earned, they are absolutely indiscriminate eaters.

            2. re: ferret
              ElsieB RE: ferret Dec 27, 2012 08:02 AM

              Seems like the background of the 2 founders might be connected to agribiz and biotech industry.

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                ferret RE: ElsieB Dec 27, 2012 09:01 AM

                "Might be connected"? Bruce Chassy is a credentialed professor at one of the premier agricultural programs in the country. Has he received any funding for studies from agribusiness? Very likely, it's almost impossible not to. I have family members who are plant geneticists in academia and much of their grant money comes from agribusiness. Does that mean they'll ignore their scientific training and only produce favorable results for their funders? I definitely don't think so. In any case, the point is you don't have to believe the scientists, but you certainly shouldn't be basing your beliefs on non-science.

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                  redfish62 RE: ferret Dec 27, 2012 09:05 AM

                  I'm no great shakes as far as science goes but I have a hard time understanding how tinkering with the genes of the fish is going to make it harmful to a human.

                  I don't think there is anything they could do to the genes of a salmon that would make it toxic to humans.

                  1. re: redfish62
                    ferret RE: redfish62 Dec 27, 2012 09:37 AM

                    From my perspective it's less a concern about the harm from eating the organism and more of an issue with environmental concerns. I have no qualms about eating genetically modified products, but it's hard to predict what kind of long-term effects added disease-resistance, hardiness and other improved qualities have on the environment.

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            Harters RE: Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 06:28 AM

            Certainly one American based import that I hope our government resists.

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              redfish62 RE: Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 08:06 AM

              I would have no problem eating it though I usually go for wild caught fish. There is no reason to believe the genetic alternation is harmful to humans, though it is probably harmful to the fish.

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                latindancer RE: Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 08:39 AM

                I only eat wild so this wouldn't be an issue for me...

                I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

                1. ipsedixit RE: Puffin3 Dec 27, 2012 09:08 AM

                  What makes it "scary"?

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