Posted by vanessa on April 25, 2000 at 12:46:28:
In Reply to: against them posted by vanessa on April 13, 2000 at 14:04:37:
: I have some pretty strong opinions about genetically
: modified organisms or (GMOs). Plants and animals which
: have had DNA taken from another plant, animal, or
: bacteria added to their own DNA to alter it in a variety
: of ways. These products are marketed by giant
: corporations like Monsanto who have everything to gain
: by having a world dependant on GM seeds (which have
: patents and must be purchased every year by a farmer
: because the seeds from these plants do not regenerate).
: These plants can cross pollinate with similar species
: and contaminate the crops of farmers who have not chosen
: to use GM seeds. They can also cross polinate with
: undesireable species and give them the same pesticide
: resistance increasing the potential for "superweeds" to
: evolve with built-in resistance to control and guess
: who sells the chemical pesticides to control the new
: superweeds and pests?
: These products have not been thoroughly tested for
: human allergic interaction or environmental safety.
: The pollen from these crops with pesticide resistance
: kills insects that don't affect crop yields (such as
: monarch butterflies), and probably the most annoying
: thing about the controversy is that here in the United
: States I don't have a choice at the supermarket. There
: are no labeling laws in affect to tell me that the bag
: of corn chips I just bought wasn't a consumer vote for
: GM products. Who do I vote for to change that? I know
: there are alternatives.
I was mistaken in the part of my rant where I said
that it was possible for GM plants to cross polinate
with other undesireable species to creat super weeds,
GM plants can only cross-polinate with plants of the
same species, which does however include the crops
of nearby farmers planting the same species who may
have made a concious decision to not plant GM plants.
Super weeds and insects may evolve as a reaction to
the stronger defenses of GM plants.
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