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Posted 8/7/15 , edited 8/7/15
I know people who are afraid of them. I have mixed feelings even though I eat a lot of organic foods.
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Don't like GMOs and I never will.
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The exact reason is complicated, but the essential point is that people just assume that anything the food industry does for profit is necessarily at the expense of the consumers' health. Transgenics happens to not be an issue inasmuch as health is concerned.

The food industry in the US is just weird. Even though it's mostly run by greed bastard corporations, the standards of food, both in terms of government policy and being economical, are so high that nearly every food-related issue in the United States is oversimplified if not just concocted.
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Posted 8/8/15
People fear that which they don't understand.
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Tbh I think its bc of stupid shit they see on the internet about it most likely.
Like, how some mothers refused to vaccine their kids because the mercury in them causes autism.
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Posted 8/8/15 , edited 8/8/15
I'd guess having one of your products linked to organ failure in a peer reviewed journal doesn't help, even though said study was found lacking in support for it's claims and later retracted.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/420365

And Monsanto isn't exactly a paragon of corporate virtue, it's pretty easy to believe the worst.
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I currently distrust GMOs for the same reason I distrust a various food additives. The food industry seems to be incredibly corrupt and have been known to pull all kinds of trickery. Anything from injecting water into meat to make it look like there's more of it, to giving certain things the go ahead when they know that they shouldn't be.

We shouldn't be adding in genes that negatively effect wildlife either way. Even more so if it's going to effect bees who are currently at risk.
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People are just concerned because they don't trust government and the scientific community to make unbiased decisions when it comes to public health and safety.
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I think one of the biggest concerns is ruining the genetic diversity of agriculture. That means that if a disease comes through, and all of your crops are genetically identical the entire harvest can be wiped out. If an entire region is using one strand, and that strand becomes targeted by disease, you could lose huge percentages of your crops very quickly.

There is also the concern that some GMOs are designed to work with specific pesticides (think roundup ready corn etc), forcing farmers to buy seed/pesticide from mega corporations (monsanto). Furthermore the seeds produced from roundup ready crops are sterile, meaning farmers can no longer stock/replant their best seed (this is historically how farming is done), and instead have to purchase the latest new seed from monsanto every year.

I agree that GMOs at their best can be a force for incredible good and their development should be encouraged though. It's a powerful tool that can be used for good or ill.
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Irishsushi wrote:

Because people have a horrid understanding of basic science.


This.
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Posted 8/8/15 , edited 8/8/15

biscuitnote wrote:


noka_ wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:

Without gmos millions would die of starvation


how?


Organic agriculture is not efficient enough to feed the numbers of people that currently exist. Gmo crops use less water and produce higher yields without them we could not sustain our current population.


This isn't entirely true. In places that have little rain and sometimes extreme environments, they had their own strain of plants that worked. The model of farming changed with more emphasis on cash crops. Politics also got involved. They began to "modernise and use the same sort of crops grown in western countries. Those only survived in certain conditions so they were at a greater risk of crop failure. Add to that that some places are unstable or at war so there'll be less time and people spent on food production. There's also politics. Now the western companies are rediscovering these people's strains of crops and breeds of animals that they'd abandoned to modernise and re-marketing it to them at a huge price plus there's the patents.

Independent farmers and community farmers will end up dependent on GMO corporations because farmers will no longer get to produce their own seed for crops the following years.

The world produces enough food for the populations. A lot ends up being wasted due to mismanagement, bad storage, politics, corruption and wars. Even drought ridden areas could do better if there was proper planning ahead to take into account droughts.

The model behind GMO has nothing to do with starving people and everything to do with making as much profit as possible whilst getting more people reliant on their product. It's not like we can survive without food so they view their market as a win win situation.
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Posted 8/8/15

ZeroRequiem_ wrote: Don't like GMOs and I never will.

Here want to have an American apple?

Also some is not bad, but some would say where the genes where modifed so badly it can give side effect, I am most worried about what stuff people use on thier crops all these horrific chems, mostly in poorer contries.

I saw once a farmer traveling around and helping them to understand how nature works and what these chems do with the plants/food,
and sometimes its easier/better to do it without the chems.
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Because people don't like eating stuff that is shrouded in mystery sadly, and probably "conspiracies"

Only bad thing that i can see about GMOs is that they're not like natural plants and their seeds cannot be spread out naturally and have to be replanted unlike natural crops but hey, I'm in Europe where loads of gmos are kinda banned so how do i know
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A problem with GMO's is they are created outside of nature, so how they interact with other plants, insects or animals cannot possibly assessed.

They are apart from evolution, where unlikely combinations are created; a strawberry that has a fish gene added to decrease it's susceptibility to frost.

A comparable comparison could be made with the pharmaceutical industry they make a medication for one thing but later tested on a very massive scale,(general public), all manner of interactions unaccounted for in screening appear.

So do you trust profit driven corporations? Who let's face it don't have the world best reputations for full disclosure,(when it's not in their interest).

Say no to Frankenfoods!
Posted 8/8/15
to many science fiction movies anything with the word genetic is viewed as evil because of the christian lobbyist.
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