[NAFEX] GMO and Breeding

George Brinson george.brinson at nf.sympatico.ca
Fri Dec 30 14:37:51 EST 2005

Well said, Heron...............too bad there are not more people of like 
mind in our food producing world, today.

George Brinson
zone 5

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Heron Breen" <breen at fedcoseeds.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 1:38 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] GMO and Breeding

> While I appreciate others opinions, natural selection and pressure is by 
> no means
> comparable to plant breeding, modern or otherwise. There are major 
> distinguishing
> genetic "intents" between the two. A plant or animal is, truly, a 
> multi-celled
> organism. All of these cells are individually working together to create a
> enviroment that is safe and secure for division and nutrient management. 
> Rather
> than go on at length, here are a few concepts for those interested to look 
> into:
> Natural processes work within what is known as horizontal resistance, 
> while
> modern agriculture works within vertical resistance. As one understands 
> these
> breeding and cellular recombination concepts, one understands why genetic
> engineering and most other efforts of single or multi-gene resistance 
> create
> problems within 10 years.
> Also, there is widespread misuse of the very principles which genetic 
> engineered
> farming should be applied under. Seed technology producers and farmers are
> suposed to be farming and leaving areas that are non-gmo corn and soybean 
> etc
> parallel to their gmo operations. This allows the natural world an ability 
> to
> breed without breeding in gmo resistance. Originally, this also applied to 
> weed
> suppressing technology, but none is adhered to or regulated. Almost no one
> follows the "science"-recommended farming practices.
> I take great issue with the concept of intellectual or corporate welcoming 
> of
> criticism or oversight. For the most part conglomeration has led to 
> control of
> seed, fertilizer, crop treatments, medicine etc, all under one roof. Who 
> is
> overseeing the intergration of businesses or their ethical behavior? The
> multi-national nature of the money moving upwards, and government 
> collusion
> breeds the propaganda of the starving world needing ADM. The "truth" is
> conglomeration leads to the starving world.
> GMO food is already commonplace in the supermarket, so the idea that 
> "scientists"
> are overly concerned about the public health seems to leak considerably.
> I think, bluntly, there are those that believe technology, of any type, is 
> the
> answer to every problem. There are others that have worked with 
> "scientists" and
> industry and realize people are flawed, which is okay, but this includes 
> their
> ideas of a disease/pest/weed free utopia. Their own data and studies show 
> that
> natural selection/processing actually speeds up to outpace and rebalance 
> man-made
> changes, most often with unforeseen consequences. Look outside anywhere at
> today's world to see this.
> The first 3 generations of gmo technology have been mismanaged, poorly 
> designed,
> and pushed with profit in mind. Money has been the only "green" in the
> revolution, while farmers literally die out.
> Show me statistics that farming has improved economically or 
> enviromentally for
> small, medium, and large scale farmers since the advent of gmo agro-tech, 
> and
> I'll believe the nicey-nice "it'll be alright once we get it right" 
> propaganda.
> Until then , we are blowing billions of investment dollars promoting a 
> corrupt,
> do nothing,  tech industry. Please read LORDS of the HARVEST, FAST FOOD 
> and a few other good books. And take a look at the economic and soul 
> erosion of
> farming communities. I am glad at least all the scientists are happy and 
> well-fed.
> This is not the simple misunderstood science that many wish to believe. 
> But, by
> looking at our modern highways, I know the road to hell is already paved. 
> Good
> luck  with all that.
> sincerely,
> Heron Breen
> zone 4, Maine
> _______________________________________________

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