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Thread: Africa, Genetically-Modified Food, and Racism

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    Re: Africa, Genetically-Modified Food, and Racism

    Here's a basic list from a .gov website:

    GM Products: Benefits and Controversies
    Benefits

    Crops
    Enhanced taste and quality
    Reduced maturation time
    Increased nutrients, yields, and stress tolerance
    Improved resistance to disease, pests, and herbicides
    New products and growing techniques

    Animals
    Increased resistance, productivity, hardiness, and feed efficiency
    Better yields of meat, eggs, and milk
    Improved animal health and diagnostic methods

    Environment
    "Friendly" bioherbicides and bioinsecticides
    Conservation of soil, water, and energy
    Bioprocessing for forestry products
    Better natural waste management
    More efficient processing

    Society
    Increased food security for growing populations


    Controversies

    Safety
    Potential human health impacts, including allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance markers, unknown effects
    Potential environmental impacts, including: unintended transfer of transgenes through cross-pollination, unknown effects on other organisms (e.g., soil microbes), and loss of flora and fauna biodiversity

    Access and Intellectual Property
    Domination of world food production by a few companies
    Increasing dependence on industrialized nations by developing countries
    Biopiracy, or foreign exploitation of natural resources

    Ethics
    Violation of natural organisms' intrinsic values
    Tampering with nature by mixing genes among species
    Objections to consuming animal genes in plants and vice versa
    Stress for animal

    Labeling
    Not mandatory in some countries (e.g., United States)
    Mixing GM crops with non-GM products confounds labeling attempts

    Society
    New advances may be skewed to interests of rich countries
    Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms --HGP Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

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    Re: Africa, Genetically-Modified Food, and Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I agree it has nothing to do with racism. However, I'll give you a good example of how "charitable" giving sometimes leads to a greater problem. Nestle for decades gave away baby formula to mothers of newborns in poor areas of the world. Sounds good, right? However, the giveaway only extended to the first few months of the baby's life. Just long enough for the mother to stop lactating. Then, in order to feed their child they had to buy formula. The mothers would then buy the amount of formula they could afford, and have to water it down to make it last. The end result was a lot of sick and starving infants.
    Well, in a case like this, mothers should be a little smarter, and breast-feed their babies, if they can't afford formula. There is always a carrot on the end of a stick, and if you're not sharp enough to look at the fine print, then you're being suckered.
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    Re: Africa, Genetically-Modified Food, and Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    What do you guys think? Is it racist to not have genetically-modified food shipped to Africa? How about the fact the WE tend to eat more modified food than natural, organic stuff?

    There could be racists wanting or not wanting genetically modified food sent to Africa.But a ban by itself is not racist.
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    Africa, Genetically-Modified Food, and Racism

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Well, in a case like this, mothers should be a little smarter, and breast-feed their babies, if they can't afford formula. There is always a carrot on the end of a stick, and if you're not sharp enough to look at the fine print, then you're being suckered.
    The doctors at the hospitals ought to have told the mothers that breastmilk dries up if the mother doesn't nurse, so if you don't use it, you lose it. Nestle may well have culpability here, but the last and most important source of info, the doctors, dropped the ball.
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