"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Starve The World"

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Are GMO's safe?

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there's no good evidence GMOs are unsafe. Hundreds of studies back up that conclusion. But many of us don't trust these assurances. We're drawn to skeptics who say that there's more to the story, that some studies have found risks associated with GMOs, and that Monsanto is covering it up.

I've spent much of the past year digging into the evidence. Here's what I've learned. First, it's true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It's full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. They're counting on you to feel overwhelmed by the science and to accept, as a gut presumption, their message of distrust.


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Feeding this world is a tough job. Ever increasing numbers and ever decreasing airable land that will produce crops. GMO is simply an accellerated means of breeding crops that offer a better yield and more resistance to pests.

It tends to lessen the need for pesticides somewhat or entirely in some cases. Pesticide residues are a major concern to all of us as they tend to end up in our water supply and the health ramifications to this are fairly well understood.

Crops are simply plants that we use for food. If one offers better nutrition or flavour or yeild than another of a simillar variety it deserves a place on the human table.

If on the other hand there are crops that take more land to produce or are suseptable to disease or drought they will not survive natural selection in the future.

While I understand that Monsanto is criticized for heavyhanded legal manuvers they ought also to be credited for their research and the amount of work that they do to help produce hardy robust crops to feed us all. As for the legal issues they should stand down and use more reasonable methods to protect their work and the courts should make them understand that the bully pulpit is no place to do business from.

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe.

Expect the meddling control freaks to keep assaulting these and other sane organizations until they knuckle under. It worked with 2nd hand smoke and GlobalCoolingWarmingClimateChange. Evidence irrelevant.

B-cubed: Bulls**t Baffles Brains

Like the koolaid drinking climate change nut-bars, organic foodies, and even radical Islamists, rabid alarmists will always carry their causes to extremes no matter what the truth or facts. Kind of like anti-Harperists, they hate him but cannot explain why besides some evil spell.

My only issue with the Monsanto Patent is that some other Corporation (UN) could use the same reasoning to Patent part of the Human Genome.. The ultimate population Control.. You don't own those Blue eyes!

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe.

And it's all peer reviewed, so we know it's the truth...

The Canadian canola industry is plagued with fighting this nonsense. The EU continues to resist (with a few blessed loop-holes) the importation of Canadian canola oil, despite mountains of evidence demonstrating that while one can find differences in GMO and non-GMO canola plants, one cannot find differences between the canola oils produced by the two types of plants.

Part of this is the loopiness of the anti-GMO fanatics; part of it is to protect olive-growers and fish-oil purveyors (as opposed to just the snake-oil purveyors).

I want Monsanto to be given the medical marijuana file. That'll fix 'em.

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how many millions of primarily third world people have died from insect borne disease like malaria since the hasty, hysterical banning of ddt? you could almost call it unintentional genocide. rachel carson has more blood on her hands than most 20th century despots.

likewise, gmos could feed millions of starving children but hilda treehugger isn't gonna let that happen, because, well... george bush.

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how many millions of primarily third world people have died from insect borne disease like malaria since the hasty, hysterical banning of ddt? you could almost call it unintentional genocide. rachel carson has more blood on her hands than most 20th century despots.

likewise, gmos could feed millions of starving children but hilda treehugger isn't gonna let that happen, because, well... george bush.

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"Organic" is the Latin word for "I, having anointed myself as being smarter and more educated than you are, will tell you what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, and where to eat. Other than that, you aren't worth dirt except for what I demand you give me."

...one cannot find differences between the canola oils produced by the two types of plants.

Actually, that's not be entirely true...

http://www.btci.org/k12/bft/gmopcr/gmopcr_background.html

http://www.gmotesting.com/Testing-Options/Genetic-analysis

Trust Greenpeace to have their dirty little fingers all over these. When is that organization going to lose its charitable status!

But everyone knows that movie stars and rock stars know far more about science and the environment than scientists do. Why listen to someone just because they have a couple of PhD's and have spent a life in research. They're probably not pretty, don't sing well, and can't do a beer commercial to save their lives - so they must not have any credibility.

You do know that your red blood cells and plasma do not contain your DNA code. Of course you do

You can refresh your memory by reading Brian Sykes, pretty much any of his

Heh, you do know that the canola oil isn't pure oil at the DNA level...

@ Stradivarious:

"...one cannot find differences between the canola oils produced by the two types of plants.

Actually, that's not be entirely true..."

I am doubtful that PCR (your references) can be used to distinguish between GMO canola oil and non-GMO canola oil.

PCR is an amplification process which requires at least some intact genetic molecules (DNA or RNA) in the material to be tested. After the extensive processing that canola oil goes through (pressing, filtering, distilling, heating, chemical treating, etc), I have my doubts that there is any genetic material remaining even in minute amounts. Consequently there is nothing to amplify. If you know different, educate me.

On the other hand, chemical analysis of the canola oil MIGHT give strong indications that it is GMO ...... I can't say if this is a fact or not (in my OPINION, not).

Your links have no explanation about differentiating oil produced from GMO and non GMO. I repeat there is no genetic material in oil hence no way to segregate.

I expect that the first North American anti-GMO legislation will appear in either California or Ontario. Both jurisdictions have all the major pre-requisites: obsequious farm organizations; dull, gullible populations; and corrupt politicians who will gladly dance to the tunes of parasitic NGOs if it means acquiring and retaining power.

So the same folks who slavishly believe the "scientists" who are pushing anthropomorphic global climate change are totally rejecting other "scientists" who say GMOs are safe.

The Genetics Literacy Project covers this subject and has a good weekly news letter.

http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/

I reposted the article for some of my chicken little friends on Facebook. It should drive them nuts, except they either won't read it or will believe Monsanto paid for it.

That being said, I do have concerns with our food being patented by large corporations, and many heritage seeds that we may need in the future, practically going extinct. We are losing the diversity of our food sources.

I also don't like the fact that when their seed shows up in someone's field without a receipt, it is the 'someone' who is put on trial, instead of the patent holder for trespass and destroying the economic viability of the farmer's now valueless crops. That is a different discussion, but not unrelated.

I had a similat thought. I does, on the surface, appear to be an opposite position. But, in fact, these positions are not vice versa.

Au contraire, the left and right (these have become political issues) hold the same position with regards to both issues

The right:

CO2 not bad, cheap energy good
GMO not bad, well fed people good.

On the left:

Alarmism to pursue a political goal.

Throw vaccination into the mix and you have the trifecta of alarmism.

Actually as a former Monsanto employee I know far more than even you could fathom, not that would be much

@Frances:

"So the same folks who slavishly believe the "scientists" who are pushing anthropomorphic global climate change are totally rejecting other "scientists" who say GMOs are safe."

Yes, but.......the opposite can also be said to be true: The same folks who believe the scientists who are saying GMOs are safe are rejecting other scientists who are saying AGW is cause for alarm.

I'm not disagreeing with you.... really, I am not. I'm just pointing out that it's not that simple. People are not always logical and reality and "truth" are often hard to find in all the bullshit that is put out there.

I believe that is all boils down to the fact that people are very tribal in their instincts. Think sports team fans, political parties, and religions.... no one likes to see their tribe (team) lose. Tribalism means that war and strife are normal human attributes.

Doomsayer Paul Ehrlich has been wrong time and time again yet as usial the media still listens to his poppycock about over population and the so called Population Bomb/Population Explosion

Science and politics are pretty much interchangeable nowadays, just people that have an extraordinary level of self interest in filling their pockets with other peoples money.

Logic, reason and common sense be damned.

Apparently the modern grifter doesn't even have to hide his motives.

Genetically modified

We are all genetically modified. Especially in the last 10000 years as we switched from hunter gathering to agriculture or most of us anyway

Check out the natives who are not as genetically modified and have become ginormous links with a problem with grain alcohol . Any Stone Age culture that has come in contact with an agrarian culture has problems

"scientists who are saying AGW is cause for alarm."

They have an old druggie who plays a children's Scientist on TV

They have a EX VP of the US who is a political Scientist

They have a PhD, without a math degree, that draws hockey sticks.

The AGW group are made up of exotic PhDs... and asking them to describe their science is like asking a Eunuch to describe their sexual reproduction tally . They are on the watching list, but don't participate.

What Science?

It all has to do with $$$$$$$$ and politics if the $$$$$ were not involved along with the politics were would,nt be hearing anything about this Global Warming/Climate Change poppycock

Exactly, and snake oil sells. AGW and anti-GMO sell to the gullible. The sucker pays and the snake oil seller picks the pocket of the sucker.

Obviously you didn't read it. Just began throwing feces, like a leftard.

http://www.gmotesting.com/Testing-Options/Genetic-analysis

The PCR (DNA analysis) test method can detect all commercialized GMOs, is effective with a broad array of sample types (seed, grain, processed ingredients, finished products), and can provide definitive quantification of GMOs since analysis is performed directly at the DNA level. For all these reasons, PCR is the standard GMO test method used in industry and surveillance GMO testing laboratories worldwide to verify trade contracts and ensure regulatory compliance.

and corn is still corn.

The GMO critics also conveniently ignore the fact that so-called organic growers have --for decades-- used chemicals and even radiation to create random genetic variations in plant seeds. If the plant that grows has a characteristic they think they like, they'll clone it and grow many, many more, all without any attention to other random changes that have been made to the plant's genome.

Which would you think is more likely to cause an unexpected problem? Uncontrolled, random changes to a plant's genome, or carefully researched targeting of specific, and usually individual genes?

and corn is still corn.

No, it's patented corn. There's an obvious difference from corn, or it couldn't be patented.

And then the comment above dissing evilution...this gets funnier and funnier...

I kinda get the confusion between real corn and fake corn. Lotta people can't tell the difference between a real marriage and a pretend marriage, either.

We live in the age of playacting...

Stradivartious,

The Function of a Patent is OWNERSHIP...

You can't patent Electrons, but you can patent an original function or application using Electrons.. Same Electrons

You can't patent basic Elements, but you can patent an original function or application using "same" elements. (We don't have any Elements that are not found in nature & we keep finding new ones @ the atomic level)

IMHO The Patent office F**ked up when they allowed Monsanto to Patent basic Plant "Reproduction" rights

'That's a stadivarious you ignoramus'
...sorry; old line from The Beverly Hillbillies.
I've read your link twice and it says 'finished products' but surprise surprise it does not say anything about products constituted entirely from the oil. If there is a shred of evidence that oil contains detectable genetic material I'm willing to change my mind. How about You?

of course corn is still corn and I will bet you can't tell one ear from the other. it will also do nothing to your body other than provide the nutrition that corn has always provided.

Oh fer gawd's sake, just like a leftard, have to be given everything and still won't believe it if it contradicts their ideology.

https://www.promega.com/~/media/files/resources/protocols/technical%20bulletins/0/wizard%20magnetic%20dna%20purification%20system%20for%20food%20protocol.pdf

3.C. Purification of DNA from Vegetable Oils (e.g., Corn, Canola and Soy Oils)

This protocol was developed using 160g samples of soy, corn or canola oils and yields sufficient DNA for 6 PCR amplifications using 5μl of template in a 50μl reaction. DNA purified from oil is of low molecular weight, and 10μl of the DNA run on an agarose gel may not be visible. However, PCR amplification using the proper controls for chloroplast or lectin targets will demonstrate the presence of DNA.

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/268409499_Soybean_DNA_extraction_from_blended_refined_vegetable_oils

The same amount of oil extracted with the Nucleospin ® kit, enabled to obtain amplifiable soybean DNA from all tested samples labelled as containing soybean oil. These results were confirmed by real-time PCR allowing an estimation of the DNA content in these samples [3]. The results highlight the importance of the DNA extraction protocol and that the Nucleospin ® food kit can be successfully used to produce amplifiable DNA from refined vegetable oils.

The Function of a Patent is OWNERSHIP...

It also must have a major difference...as in fake corn has a major difference from real corn. Fake corn can tolerate a certain herbicide that kills every other green thing. Obviously making it different than real corn.

I note you didn't reply to the comment made by David in Michigan.
'PCR is an amplification process which requires at least some intact genetic molecules (DNA or RNA) in the material to be tested. After the extensive processing that canola oil goes through (pressing, filtering, distilling, heating, chemical treating, etc), I have my doubts that there is any genetic material remaining even in minute amounts. Consequently there is nothing to amplify. If you know different, educate me.

On the other hand, chemical analysis of the canola oil MIGHT give strong indications that it is GMO'
The expensive and time consuming DNA test merely confirms a suspicion.

Al Gore sells Snake Oil to the public he is one of the #1 Conmen in the world along with Greenpeace.Barack Obama the News Media and everybody trying to push the Man Made/ManBear/Pig Climate Change on us all

LOL, apparently you can write, but can't read...kind of a unique disability....

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