[permaculture] A Solution to the GMO Problem

Scott Pittman scott at permaculture.org
Wed Apr 14 19:19:12 EDT 2010

The problem is that the answer to your question is a closely guarded secret.
The export of GMO Papaya to Thailand was done on the sly and it was sheer
circumstance that it was caught by Thai authorities whose job is to enforce
their national no GMO laws.

The problem is the abandonment of the "do no harm" principal in science that
has, in the past, given us some assurance us that nothing new would be
released into the general environment until we knew the long term
consequences.  To release brand new organisms never seen in evolutionary
history into the general population of the biosphere is ignorance at best
and high crime at next best.  None of us should have to prove that GMO
technology is dangerous but rather the corporations introducing it into the
environment and the food chain should have to prove its safety and its value
to our health and well being.

Scott Pittman
Permaculture Institute

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Subject: Re: [permaculture] A Solution to the GMO Problem

On 4/14/2010 9:43 AM, maria morehead wrote:
> > From a dear seed saver friend~
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: jamesdavid Sneed<harvestcircle at hotmail.com>
> To secure safe seed for our needs, we must do some very simple but
powerful things:
> FIRST, be honest with ourselves about how bad the situation is....

It seems critical as well to have a clear idea of what crops might be 
contaminated, before calling for the immediate end of the world. I've 
never heard of GMO artichokes, broccoli, etc. Where is there good 
information about what crops (such as corn, soy and sugar beets), that 
have had Frankenclones released into the environment? Where as well can 
one find information on cross-pollination, such as between sugar and 
regular beets? Having this information would allow one to distinguish 
between crops with a theoretical problem from those which should not be 
of concern. It would help focus the angst properly.

David William House
"The Complete Biogas Handbook" |www.completebiogas.com|
/Vahid Biogas/, an alternative energy consultancy |www.vahidbiogas.com

"Make no search for water.       But find thirst,
And water from the very ground will burst."
(Rumi, a Persian mystic poet, quoted in /Delight of Hearts/, p. 77)

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