Re: Biotechnology

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Posted by mary on February 16, 19100 at 16:14:22:

In Reply to: Biotechnology posted by Irena Chalmers on February 16, 19100 at 15:51:37:

You pose the thought of "reducing our reliance on pesticides and fertilizers." Unfortuneately, a lot of these GM foods are genetically modified with pesticides. It is an outrage. One of the most popular GM foods at the moment is the potato. Guess what! BT has been spliced into the potato, therefore having a constant excretion of the chemical. When smaller farms use the chemical directly, it removes itself from the plant 24 hours later! Yes, this is a natural chemical, yet still a chemical that is potentially harmful. And any GM food can never be allowed on an organic farm. It is a threat to organic farmers, because we are organic to provide nature's goodness in it's pure form, not modified! We are organic as well to help our Earth last longer than deplete it rapidly the way conventional farming does. Soil erosion is the biggest environmental problem on the Earth right now. Farming GM foods and enhancing conventonal farms greatly enhances erosion.

: My view is the uproar over biotechnology and genetically modified will continue, and that's unfortunate. People are reacting without fully understanding wht it's all about. Biotechnology is not a threat to organic farming. It is an opportunity to improve conventional farming. We have the ability to reduce our reliance on pesticides and fertilizers. We have the tool to produce higher crop yields and more nutritious foods for the rapidly expanding population. For humanitarian reasons, it would be unethical not to use our knowledge.

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