Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
I'm not so concerned about the safety of GMA foods....I'm
concerned that only ONE company [Monsanto] has such a firm monopoly over the
world's food supply.
airnaut,Monsanto has a monopoly only if you want to benefit from their
research. Otherwise farmers are free to use other seeds, a concept upheld by the
Supreme Court. Monsanto's agricultural research has increased the
world's harvest and ended hunger for millions of people. The US, the UN or
Bill and Melinda Gates didn't want to fund Monsanto's research. They
are not above criticism, but give Monsanto credit where credit is due.
It is almost overwhelming to think of how our world has changed in the last 100
years, and that today we live in environments and consume diets that are
fundamentally different than anything our ancestors experienced –
everything from pollutants in our air and water, chemicals in household
products, pesticides, electronics, medical products… the list is long and
now includes engineered food.All of these things may be innocuous
but we should at least be awake to the fact and that we a guinea pigs en masse
in a way totally unprecedented in history.Given this fact, it would
be nice to see more unbiased research (i.e., by scientists without a conflict of
interest) done on the effects of our modern lifestyle, rather than to simply
rely on (for example) Monsanto’s word. I am reminded of Upton
Sinclair’s truism - “It is difficult to get a man to understand
something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
In the 1970's a scientist named Normal Borlaug began experimenting with
plant breeding, pesticides and fertilizers to increase food production for a
starving world. The results were called the "Green Revolution" and food
production on the same acre of land more than doubled. Dr. Borlaug received the
Nobel prize but environmentalists opposed high yield agriculture not from any
scientific point but out of fear and ignorance. Today the next green revolution
(GMO) is here and has the capacity to produce almost unlimited, affordable,
safe, nutritious food but, again, environmentalist oppose it, not with science
but out of ignorance and irrational fears. News flash for you people: nearly
every plant or food product from animals is bio-engineered either by nature
itself with cross breeding and selection(that's why we have modern,
nutritional wheat, milk or corn, cotton, etc.) or by more modern and efficient
methods. So called bio-engineered food is simply plant/animal breeding done with
more advanced science. Get over your irrational fears and blaming Monsanto, its
the best solution to world hunger! Your government says its safe and this
technology offers the least expensive, most nutritious and most abundant food
the world has ever seen.
Sorry my typo. Its Norman Borlaug, not Normal.
@Mountanman – “nearly every plant or food product from animals is
bio-engineered either by nature itself with cross breeding and selection…
Your government says its safe”Nice comment! It was especially
nice to read both your affirmation of evolution and your trust in the federal
government.You’re not becoming a Democrat are you?
4601Salt Lake City, UTairnaut,Monsanto has a monopoly only if
you want to benefit from their research. Otherwise farmers are free to use other
seeds, a concept upheld by the Supreme Court.====== That
is a lie.Read up on it.Monsanto has created a virtual monopoly
over all seed by suing all local farmers NOT using their products under the
premise that local farmers crops are 'cross contaminting' their
genetically hybrids - single Local farmer vs. $20 Billion a year
Monsanto.David and Goliath.He who has the gold, makes the
rules.BTW - They have even begun suing individual backyard
homegrowers under the same premise.
No, Tyler, I am not becoming a Democrat but having worked with the USDA, I can
tell you that they have their agricultural act together (for the most part),
unlike the IRS, the Department of Justice, The Dept. of Education, The State
Department and many others that need serious overhaul or elimination. I know I
am vocal on here but I feel compelled to post in an admittedly vain attempt to
refute the utter nonsense some post on here. Thanks for your comment. Its a
beautiful day here in N. Idaho! I just got back from a wonderful trip to the
mountains all owned by the US Forest Service! The mountains that drain into the
Coeur d'Alene River are especially beautiful this time of year!
@mountainman. Why are gmo foods either banned or require labeling in virtually
every other country except the usa if they are so safe?
Shaun, If are afraid to eat GMO foods, you are going to get really hungry
because as I have accurately pointed out, nearly everything you eat is
genetically modified! How do you think we got hybrid corn, Holstein and Herford
cows, all the wonderful varieties of fruits and vegetables and lots of different
kinds of chickens that lay large eggs and turkeys with large breasts? Wake up!
Life is short.
If same-sex marriage is an "experiment" and we are afraid of the
possible consequences, shouldn't we be much more afraid of the consequences
of making modifications to the genetics of our food supply?Republicans are so inconsistent in their arguments that it puzzles me.
Don't you guys recognize your own inconsistency?
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