Taking sides on GMO's

Mark Mazer markemazer@gmail.com
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:37:01 PST
>GMO technology is massively different from what occurs in Nature,

Really?  The most accredited theory at present about the origin of
mitochondria in eukaryote cells is endosymbiosis

Mark Mazewr
Hertford, NC USDA 8a, we hope, and surrounded by fields of GMO cotton, corn
and soy

On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM, Erik Van Lennep <erik@tepuidesign.com>

> Fascinating to watch the polarity build every time GMOs are brought up. It
> gets political and emotional so quickly, and neither filters well for
> logic.
> I have a background in plant breeding,ecology, biology, sustainability and
> policy, for what it's worth.
> For me the largest problem around GMOs is political/economic, which comes
> down to power. A very rich industry is buying politicians to write policy
> supporting the same industry in evading due process and objective,
> independent assessment. And it's no wonder. If they were made to adhere to
> the same constraints put into place to protect the public in other
> situations, they would have a much harder time making their profits. The
> scale of this industry is so massive, and the *de-facto *monopolies they
> have established (in direct contravention of laws prohibiting monopolies)
> so powerful, that they now tell us what to eat.
> And I am sorry for anyone who believes this is "conspiracy theory",but
> that's a political / emotional response which would collapse if you just
> did some independent research to verify it for yourselves. It's all out
> there, but you won't find it in the mainstream media, because that was
> bought long ago by members of the same 1% who are stockholders in the GMO
> giants. You have to dig deeper, but that shouldn't be too much of a
> challenge to bulb fanciers accustomed to searching out rare seeds.
> The second issue is biological. It has to do with the vectors used to
> insert the foreign genes. These are various specialized and modified virus
> and bacteria which are adapted to transfer their own DNA into host
> organisms. When it is swapped for the DNA of the developer's choice, they
> carry out their job.
> The problem is that neither the vectors nor the foreign DNA stays put. It
> has been shown to migrate into other plants, and not only by pollen
> transfer. In fact lateral transfer (between similar as well as unrelated
> organisms) of DNA in Nature turns out to be more common that was once
> believed. But under natural conditions organisms have more capable filters
> to protect themselves. Again, if this sounds incredible to anyone, do your
> homework and see for yourself.
> So yes, GMO technology is massively different from what occurs in Nature,
> as well as what occurs in more traditional hybridization and plant
> selection in the field or under glass. And the wrong people have been left
> in charge of the process, and are doing it for all the wrong reasons.
> Erik
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