you find it credible that of the rape seed sold to farmers between 1%
and 2% of a
Genetically Modified variety were mixed in "accidentally?
I do not.
you trust the politicians who refused to act on this knowledge until
after the great
majority of the crop had flowered, spreading the pollen?
I certainly do not.
Do you believe that someone, somewhere, was paid a substantial amount
of money to
"accidentally" mix the GM seeds with the natural seeds?
I do, (although I daresay it'll
never be proven).
The genie is now irrevocably out of the bottle, and we have absolutely
no way of
putting him back.
course, it may turn out that those meretricious and most contemptible
the "Government scientists", are right, and that there
will be no undesirableside effects.
They will have been extremely lucky, if so."
you say Curmudgeon, 'The genie is now out of the bottle', for good or
bad, only time
Perhaps after intensive farming, GM is the next logical step and may
be the only way to
feed the world's ever increasing population. We have been genetically
modifying plants for
many years now through simple crude crossing techniques and no one has
Could it be that after nuclear power, AIDS, the hole in the ozone layer
and global warming,
GM has become the latest in a long line of buzzwords that we assume
mean death and destruction?
In the field of medical research, breakthroughs in the genetic basis
of disease are
welcomed and it would seem we have no objection to tampering with our
but not those of plants!
Like yourself I don't believe the GM seeds were 'released' accidentally
and as usual the
handling of the whole affair by the Government has been abysmal and
does nothing to inspire
confidence in the concept.
It is contemptible how these issues, which affect our fundamental well
being, are used for
cheap political point scoring but what else can you expect when the
lunatics are in charge?
Well now, Besom, as you might expect, I don't agree with all you
Intensive Farming:- It is the decline of bio-diversification in many
Third World countries,
which is directly responsible for the malnutrition being suffered in
many. This decline was
the price they paid for embracing monoculture, not in the hope of being
better able to feed
their own populations, but because they wanted to earn foreign currency
(frequently to support corrupt political regimes by buying armaments).
Next time you shop,
just have a look at where some of the out-of-season produce was grown.
The populations of many of these countries were adequately nourished
bio-diversity was abandoned in favour of monoculture. Now, however,
because of the
widespread rejection of GM foodstuffs in the developed world, they have
no buyers for
their produce and are refusing to grow GM crops. This, I think you would
volumes about their concern to feed their own populations.
You say "We have been genetically modifying plants for many years
simple crude crossing techniques and no-one has questioned this"
and this is true. The
difference is that this has succeeded only in those crosses with a natural
the acceptance of different genes.
Now, however, we are forcing 'square pegs into round holes' in the hope
achieving improvements in specific characteristics of a plant, but without
account the possible repercussions in the plant's many other characteristics
or of possible
'knock on' effects in the biosphere at large.
Although we are being 'sold' (and are buying) the line that this is
to 'feed the
world', in fact this is being done purely in the interests of profit.
As to your concern about the readiness with which we accept tinkering
genes, I suspect that this has something to with the fact that, here,
we are seeking to
cure existing diseases and abnormalities, as against potentially
creating new ones by
meddling with the genetic makeup of the food we eat.
It may be that genetic modification of crops will prove
to be safe, but the
point is that nobody knows, and that no
one with a vested interest cares.
Because we have been lied to so often by 'Government Scientists' we
trust a word they say. Worryingly, this has bred a generally undeserved,
mistrust of Science and Scientists.