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Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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airnaut
Everett, 00

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.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

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.”

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

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.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Sorry my typo. Its Norman Borlaug, not Normal.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@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?

airnaut
Everett, 00

4601
Salt Lake City, UT
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.

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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.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

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!

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@mountainman. Why are gmo foods either banned or require labeling in virtually every other country except the usa if they are so safe?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

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.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

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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