So, will the price of bread come down in America what with these exports being cancelled. Hold you breath. Fifty nine Mississippi...58 Mis....
As for GMOs and their patent rights, try this dystopian tale, it will make you think. Amazon.com: The Windup Girl (9781597801584): Paolo Bacigalupi: Books
Everything we eat is genetically modified. It's called evolution.
I do not trust GMO's any more then I trust anything else where large amounts of money are involved. Look at the health hazards of processed foods yet our government still allow them to be produced and eaten because its good business. I wouldnt be at all surprised that in 20 years time we find that some GMO's lead to all sorts of health issues, and that being the approved crops. There have been several instances now where unapproved crops have found there way into our food supply. That is a scary thought.
GMOs also have their downsides. Here is an example of one side effect partially related to GMO's.
Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?: Scientific American
but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.I have also read several cases where GMO's were believed to have serious health issues when given to livestock and test animals. I will point out these are probably strains not approved for human consumption but as I mentioned above sometimes the stuff gets mixed up and finds its way into the human market.They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition
Not sure if my fear is sound or not as ive never even researched genetically modified foods. But if they engineer an ear of corn that grows to the same size yet requires half the soil and fuel for growth wouldn't that corn not be as wholesome in the end?
Is society was made of coral our world would be floral.
I don’t have a problem with GMOs themselves. I think ultimately they can feed the world. My issues are with the business practices that arise as a result of them.
Because, ya know, I'm pretty sure all that stuff is very new.
And if all that stuff has been going on for centuries, why does Monsanto own the seed/IPR now when they just played with it for a few minutes?
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