[internetworkers] Genetically modified foods - (was fahrenheit911, at a theater near you!)

Ian Meyer ianmeyer at mac.com
Wed Jun 23 10:20:40 EDT 2004


On Jun 23, 2004, at 10:13 AM, Jeremy Portzer wrote:

> On Wed, 2004-06-23 at 09:58, Shea Tisdale wrote:
>
>> The actual truth is that probably 95% of the foods we eat are 
>> genetically
>> modified.  They have been for hundreds of years through importation,
>> selective breading, and hybridization.  These forms of genetic 
>> manipulation
>> haven't been regarded as "bad" as has the more direct genetic 
>> manipulation
>> now in the news.
>
> Good point.  And modern, 'artificial' genetic modification is much more
> exact than traditional selective breeding/hybridization.  Scientists 
> can
> now change just one gene at a time (e.g. the roundup resistance gene)
> without having to get thousands of others in the process.  Yet somehow
> people are much more worried about unseen "health risks" from this,
> instead of the traditional methods where THOUSANDS of unknown genes 
> were
> changed.  This is the part that confuses me.
>
>> ...

because those thousands of genes were already in the plants, as opposed 
to just inserting genes that may end up doing all kinds of unexpected 
weird stuff

whats really weird to me is the people against the labeling of 
(artifically) GM foods...

~ian





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