[Market-farming] GMO's

Patrick Mulkey Mulkey at tunl.duke.edu
Thu Jun 11 08:41:33 EDT 2009


Please don't suggest that because I am sure there is someone who is short a few cards in the deck that would.

For those who point to a study to support your point of view you need to look at who funded the research, how it was done, and the researcher's agenda.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marty Kraft 
  To: Market Farming 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:43 PM
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] GMO's


  Maybe all the organic growers could bring a class action suit against Monsanto for ruining livelihoods.


  Marty

  On Jun 10, 2009, at 12:51 PM, <clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com> wrote:


    Another question I have is how big of an impact does the relatively widespread use of Bt producing crops have on instigating insect resistance to the bacterial agent?  How soon can we growers, who depend on occasional use of Bt agents like Xentari and Dipel, expect to have the value of those pesticides mitigated due to the use of YieldGard and Herculex seeds?  I do wonder if any University scientists or otherwise impartial individuals have investigated these possibilities.

    Kurt Forman
    Clearview Farm
    Palmyra, NY 14522

    --- rootsfarm at cwdom.dm wrote:

    From: Roots Farm & Karen Sutherland <rootsfarm at cwdom.dm>
    To: Market Farming Community <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
    Subject: [Market-farming] GMO's
    Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:45:31 -0400


    As the ongoing discussion demonstrates there are so many issues involved in assessing GMO's.  Even evaluating the "facts" and "factoids" such as:


    whether GMO's raise or lower yields (and under what conditions)
      whether GMO's add risk of contaminating nonGMO crops (and under what conditions)
    whether GMO's will decrease or increase use of potentially toxic chemicals

    whether GMO's will ultimately be positive or negative for food supply/security

    whether GMO's can be adequately tracked and identified to minimize risk of allergic reactions for consumers

    and so many more important questions

    makes it vitally important to ask who controlled the generation, presentation and publication of the underlying research and did they stand to gain from it?  Can results, even if fairly generated and presented, be validly extended beyond the specific tests done?


    But to me, the even bigger questions are not the huge and difficult questions of the "facts, " but  questions of underlying values, such as:


    Does the boost to short-term profit, maybe even survival of a specific farmer or corporation, offset risk to long-term survival?

    Who should bear the risk and the potential liability should GMO's prove hazardous (whether by use or possible misuse)-- the people who made, use and profit from their use or everyone else, consenting or not?

    Does any one have the right to own & control the food supply and make potentially irrevocable decisions for the rest of us?

    On what side should one choose the chance of error, on the side of prove that it's harmful or prove that it's safe?



    I love this list and thank you, thank you Liz for making it possible.


    All best wishes,


    Karen
    Zone 10+


    Roots Farm
    Organic Produce
    Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs
    Cockrane, DOMINICA
    767-449-3038
    rootsfarm at cwdom.dm

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