[Market-farming] GMO crops (was new potatoes)

juliew026 at netscape.net juliew026 at netscape.net
Mon Jun 8 15:20:43 EDT 2009


 You don't get it....or they don't get it

good today...gone tomorrow

?profit today at the expense of tomorrow

wise up people

corporate control of our food production systems makes us all sheep ripe for slaughter by eliminating inherent autonomy at many levels

Julie Winslow


 


 

-----Original Message-----
From: Brigette Leach <afhg at ctsmail.net>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] GMO crops (was new potatoes)
















Just to add to the comments....


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Some farmers do think some aspects of GMO's are a 
good thing. For example, the sugar beet grower who can make 3 trips across the 
field with the tractor instead of 7. Fewer pesticides, less fuel, less soil 
compaction...


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Brigette Leach


Avalon Farms Homegrown


Share of the?Farm


www.avalonfarmshomegrown.net



  
----- Original Message ----- 

  
From: 
  Road's End Farm 

  
To: Market Farming 

  
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 1:17 PM

  
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] GMO crops 
  (was new potatoes)

  



On Jun 8, 2009, at 8:45 AM, Franklin W. Davis 
wrote:


  
? 
    Good?morning...what are GMO crops...


Genetically 
  modified organisms. Genes not natural to the crop have been artificially 
  inserted into the seed; once in there, they will generally be passed to the 
  next generation, if the seed is viable.


  
and 
    why are they bad news? 
  Franklin?


A proper 
  answer to this would take quite a long time and I'm too busy to do it right 
  now -- if nobody else fields it I'll try to get back to it. (I should note 
  that there are probably some on this list who don't think they are bad 
  news.)

For a fast and dirty answer: the inserted genes may have 
  additional effects not intended and not well understood, whether in the human 
  diet or in the environment as a whole. Also, in many cases, the companies 
  doing this are inserting things that may themselves be problematic, and/or 
  that imply characteristics on the part of the company that many people don't 
  like. One common GMO crop, for instance, is modified to express the pesticide 
  BT toxin in every cell of the plant continuously; another common GMO technique 
  is to insert herbicide resistance, which is likely to increase the use of 
  herbicides in the short run and is also very likely to cause that gene to pass 
  into weeds now controllable by the herbicide in the long run. Monsanto also 
  wanted to genetically modify seed to make it sterile in the next generation -- 
  the Terminator gene -- so farmers would be forced to buy seed every year; they 
  pulled back on this one because there was such an outcry. If this gene were to 
  transfer itself to other crops being grown in the area, there could be 
  widespread disaster, for the farmers and the genetic base. GMO traits seem to 
  transfer fairly easily, at least from wind-pollinated crops.

  




-- 
  Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small 
  scale
  

  




  

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