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GMO foods not so bad after all?

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Created January 09, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Any thoughts on this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/an-activist-recants-on-gm-foods/article7018634/

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on April 02, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Or, you know, they could eat something that contains retinol... like liver.

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on April 02, 2013
at 01:38 AM

This is exactly my thoughts. "GMO" can have infinite different meanings. The biggest problem is that the engineering is mostly all in the name of capitalism. Increasing profitability, rather than nutrition or sustainability.

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Wow, that has an impressive beta-carotene:retinol conversion factor http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/6/1776.full.pdf+html

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Nah, they still suck. I don't think it's a human health issue (there's not good evidence out there suggesting such, the recent rat-cancer study sucked). It's not an issue of feeding the world (folks are who produce GMO crops are often still starving.) Two issues I have with GMOs. First, as they've been utilized, they're simple tools of vertical integration in agriculture. They're everything bad and undesirable about agriculture. Second, they are a ticking time bomb of ecological disaster. Genes are spreading. Nature is adapting nearly as fast as farmers can adopt GMOs. They haven't really produced what they promise. They require intensive inputs and don't really produce all that much more than standard-bred crops.

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on April 01, 2013
at 08:52 PM

They aren't all bad.....people need to learn about the different kinds instead of swearing them all off......This non profit organization added vitamin A to prevent childern from going blind from malnourishment. http://www.goldenrice.org/index.php

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on April 02, 2013
at 01:38 AM

This is exactly my thoughts. "GMO" can have infinite different meanings. The biggest problem is that the engineering is mostly all in the name of capitalism. Increasing profitability, rather than nutrition or sustainability.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on April 02, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Or, you know, they could eat something that contains retinol... like liver.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on April 01, 2013
at 10:43 PM

Wow, that has an impressive beta-carotene:retinol conversion factor http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/6/1776.full.pdf+html

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:24 AM

As others have pointed out, it's not so simple. Another factor is that GMOs allow our food supply to be controlled by corporations through patents. Their interests are not necessarily aligned with the need to provide cheap for everyone on earth. Just google for Monsanto's Round-Up Ready legal tactics to get an idea of the direction that would take us - it's not pretty.

It also potentially creates a monoculture, where one resistant disease strain could wipe out an entire crop species.

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:11 AM

People are allowed to change their opinions on things, even as drastically as this article. Personally, I don't see the brilliance of eating things that were genetically modified to withstand massive quantities of pesticides and the article does nothing to sway my opinion. Non-GMO for me, thanks.

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:31 AM

I believe the problem of GMO is when modification is added to the DNA, the section added is unknown, and could likely produce undesirable protein as a result.

Either way, GMO labeling should be a requirement, or paid experiments on humans should be a requirement. Because right now, it is basically using humans as guinea pigs without actually paying them.

Agricultural issues are, as others have pointed out, much more severe.

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