[NAFEX] OT For the Luddites; was seed market control
bmayfield at opusnet.com
Wed Oct 13 17:28:52 EDT 2010
My main complaint with GM plants and animals (salmon) is that the
producers want to keep it secret from consumers.
A few years ago there was an initiative on the Oregon ballot that GM
foods would have to say so on the label. A poll showed that a large
majority was in favor. But then the big money started coming in from
distributors saying that many grocers would go broke if they had to
include such information on the label. The money for advertising
rivaled that of "Big Tobacco" for its campaigns, and by election day
the initiative failed by a huge margin.
I can pick up a can of Coke and see on the label if it has caffeine
or not, and I can pick up a can of soup and see how much sodium it
has without any grocers going broke. But they say it would be too
expensive to label if it is GM.
There should be transparency so people can make informed choices.
At 11:36 AM 10/13/2010, Dr. Lucky Pitman wrote:
>I'm not planting food crops for mass consumption, but I'm not afraid of GMO
>crops. If I could get apple trees that incorporate some bacterial/fungal
>gene that targets curculio, codling moth, or apple maggot, you'd better
>believe I'd plant them - and would have no qualms about eating the fruit or
>offering it to my kids, friends, or co-workers.
>Louis L. "Lucky" Pittman, Jr., DVM
>Veterinary Pathologist/Section Head
>Murray State University
>Breathitt Veterinary Center
>PO Box 2000, 715 North Drive
>Hopkinsville, KY 42240
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