GM plants

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    • #1057
      lohita
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      genetically modified plants raise a major issue in this world.

    • #23628
      Waters2
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      Genetically modified plant is better in the sense, increasing productivity in short time. Immune to a lot of diseases( But if new virus or disease effect to the plant will surely wipe all of them entirely because all the plant is genetically same in the species)but i’m agree on it.

    • #23649
      James
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      More research is needed to ensure safety, and then sway public opinion

    • #23687
      MrMistery
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      I think they should be raised. Lots of people on this planet are dying of the lack of food

    • #23794
      lohita
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      but isn’t it expensive for poor countries?

    • #23799
      mith
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      Yup, usually developers make it so the seeds only yield one harvest.

    • #24163
      lohita
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      but some researches have stated that GM crops cause negative effect to our health. like for example: if lemon gene is inserted in orange plant, and the person who consumes it, is alergic to lemon. then this is going to raise an issue wheather to choose GM products are not.

    • #24166
      mith
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      I doubt starving kids would worry about allergies.

    • #24226
      MrMistery
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      You are probably right mithril. Plus alergies are usually the result of a weak immune sistem. since people there have no kind of medical care natural selection still functions. So i doubt there are many of them with alergies.
      A little off-topic, but everyone should know that, alergies are usually minor things like a rash or caughing, there are some people with extreme alergies. I saw a case on the news of a man that entered a coma and died after eating some legume, i can’t remember what, which he was alergic to.

    • #24322
      har0bed1813
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      like i said about the fertiliser issue…. (if u want to know, look it up 😛 )

      gm plants generally are engineered to grow better with fertilisers and all that.. which is expensive and also will put the 3rd world countries out of business.

    • #24336
      MrMistery
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      The 3rd world countries are out of business. In bankrupcy for sure

    • #25016
      har0bed1813
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      accually South Africa is now doing ok.. for some anyway… and Zimbabwe is getting the white farmers back, because they finally understood that in order to have food, you need efficient production, and you can only do that with knowledge… which is why they had it in the first place… plus the white farmers employed about 400 black people whom they also sent away to be replaced by 4 black bosses…. so maybe things will go better from now on…. there still is the rest of africa anyways..:P But you’re right, most of the third world countries are out of business, and GM products aren’t helping them..

    • #25020
      MrMistery
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      Third world basically means “where people are dying of hunger, that hasn’t got a single penny”. If a poor man wins the lotery, he isn’t poor any more

    • #26636
      eluned
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      Sustainable farming practices and improved distribution of existing resources would be a much more sensible and effective way to feed the world. Companies produce GM foods so that they can pad their bottom line – like splicing genes for tolerance to insane levels of the pesticide RoundUp(TM). By splicing in the gene for the Bt toxin, the biotech companies have managed to select for insect pests that are resistant to the toxin. This greatly reduces the efficacy of BT (bacillus thungensis) which had been a popular organic method of pest control.

      (BT is a bacteria that can be sprayed on crops. When ingested by larva of the appropriate pest, the bacteria multiply in the alkaline gut releasing a toxin that paralyzes the gut so that the larva starves to death – biological warfare at its finest. Once the bacillus start multiplying, they generate a lethal dose of the toxin. Different varieties of BT have specificity for different varieties of pests (mosquitoe larve, catepillars, and certain beetles). By splicing the gene for the toxin into a plant, it is expressed not only in leaves, but also pollen – where it createsproblems for bees and butterflies. There is also no control over how much toxin is ingested, which is the reason resistant populations of pests have emerged.

      Golden Rice is a huge hoax:
      http://www.foe.org/safefood/rice.html
      There is no proof that the form of Vitamin A in the rice is biologically available after the rice is consumed, and there wouldn’t be enough of it there to meet the daily needs unless folks eat 5 pounds of rice every day. (There is a also social stigma against unprocessed fouds like brown rice and whole wheat flour – thanks to the marketing efforts of industrialized nations.)

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