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Interesting article on GMOs

sal_acid Jan 5, 2014 06:39 AM


NYT says evidence of danger is lacking

  1. EricMM Jan 5, 2014 08:43 AM

    It was a very good article. I always felt that opposition to GMO's shouldn't be a blanket "no", but taken on a case by case basis. While I despise the concept of Round-up resistant soy, I see nothing wrong with virus resistent papaya's.

    1. Melanie Wong Jan 6, 2014 10:41 PM

      Here's Modern Farmer's take on the same battle in Hawaii.


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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        EricMM Jan 7, 2014 04:14 PM

        What a lot of people don't realize is that as artificial as gene implantation sounds, it does happen all the time naturally. Many genomes, including ours, have bits of viral genome. This same process that produced the virus resistant papaya could have happened naturally, but since it would be random genes and random occurrence, it would take decades if not centuries to just possibly occur. This just made the process a little faster and far more effective.

        1. re: EricMM
          Melanie Wong Jan 12, 2014 11:38 AM

          I'm with you in favoring case by case consideration. And I'm in favor of more transparency. Having spent a portion of my career in the pharmaceutical industry, it's always been interesting to observe the differences in consumer attitude toward recombinant technology used for medicine vs. food production.

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