- June 7, 2005 at 1:44 pm #1102bjwParticipant
Do you think the use of biotechnology to manufacture pharmaceutical products (PMPS) in crops is on the rise?
Any insight to why this technology is up and coming or why it is not is greatly appreciated!
Thanks! And have a good one!
- June 10, 2005 at 11:02 pm #24284
Sure it’s on the rise. It’s used to create mass amounts of insulin everyday as we speak now.
- June 11, 2005 at 12:22 am #24292mithParticipant
Sounds like you’re looking to make an investment lol
- June 11, 2005 at 12:44 am #24294
lol. maybe i already have
- June 13, 2005 at 8:44 am #24450DevGrpParticipant
I thought insulin was made in Ecoli and yeast.
Is it also being produced in crop plants and if so which and where?
- June 13, 2005 at 6:25 pm #24524quote bjw:
It’s considered “unnatural” by many. Simple answer is that it’s new and people are afraid of new things.
- June 13, 2005 at 7:33 pm #24557
I meant that the insulin was made using plasmids, I misread the topic.
- June 13, 2005 at 8:09 pm #24593MrMisteryParticipant
It took me 2 months to convince my mother that there’s no danger in eating that food… It is on the rise… Although some people reject it now they will get used to it..
- June 13, 2005 at 8:11 pm #24595quote MrMistery:
Haha. I usually give people the information on what is safe and what is not. If they choose not to listen to me…..well, we have a saying in America. It sucks to be them.
I’ve found it a bad idea to try and shove knowledge down someone’s throat.
- June 13, 2005 at 8:25 pm #24604MrMisteryParticipant
I generally agree with you… but this is my mother not some stranger 😉
- June 13, 2005 at 8:32 pm #24612
Yeah, people constantly ask me what I thing of as being “safe foods” and I usually get yelled at for telling them something is bad. 😥 😆
- June 13, 2005 at 8:33 pm #24614mithParticipant
I think there’s a slight difference from the original post. She’s referring to plants/animals being used to create drugs not eating these animals. I think these would be kept apart from the normal farm produce(you wouldn’t sell insulin fortified milk for 2bucks a gallon right?). So there’s no danger of biopharmed animals invading the market.
- June 13, 2005 at 8:36 pm #24616
Yeah, i got confused on the original post. lol. sorry guys.
- June 13, 2005 at 8:54 pm #24642
- June 17, 2005 at 12:11 pm #24964DevGrpParticipantquote :
But there is a danger of biopharmed food CROPS being released. Thats the real problem
It is already known that the US have failed to contain their GM crops and have contaminated non-GM farms and seed stocks. (see http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_environm … ageID=1315 )
Current GM crops, mainly Roundup ready and Bt producing plants aren’t such a problem as they are mostly harmless although(see the starlink story http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/940687.stm). Probably no one was hurt by this (there have been a few cases of people suing for allergic reactions in US courts but the medical evidence is inconclusive).
The big problem is the future. There are plans to produce all sorts of things in food crops. (Examples include vaccines and industrial enzymes) see http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/g … d=23842700 Many of these things are really useful and worth while (vaccines for the third world) but there doesn’t seem to be enough planning or research into stopping their release into the general food chain or what the implications of this could be.
GM plant technology has the potential to be very beneficial to the world IF it is properly managed and regulated. A good start would be to avoid producing potentially harmful things in food crops
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