Re: Genetically modified food
So the fact that humans have been genetically modifying mood since the very beginnings of agriculture (and in fact, one of the defining features of agriculture) means nothing then? That humans are now doing it a much more audited and measured way than was ever possible in the past still means nothing?
Ever heard of 'selective breeding'? It's the same result as modern genetic modification, just a slightly different process.
EDIT: Just to add, if you've ever eaten wheat, then you've eaten genetically modified food. If you've ever eaten an orange carrot, then you've eaten genetically modified food. Strawberries? Yep. I could go on but the vast majority of basic staple foodstuffs has - in one way or another - been genetically modified. Selective breeding produces exactly the same result. Take an example whereby two varieties of wheat exist. One is more productive but prone to parasitic disease and another that is less productive but immune to the parasite. For thousands of years, humans have simply crossed the varieties to produce wheats that are both high in yield and resistant to disease. This happens in nature, too - all the time, just the selection process is different and not conscious.
The only difference between modern genetic modification and cross-pollination is specificity. Rather than crossing both varieties to produce a hybrid, very specific parts of the genome can be selected to create a hybrid. It's simply a much more efficient method, more tightly controlled and ultimately potentially much safer - although safety and cross-pollination methods have never been an issue.
To all of those that are criticising genetic modification on emotive grounds, you simply need to do more research and basic reading. For those concerned with genetic modification on an ethical level, you simply have to look at what potential to feed starving populations genetic modification holds. Increasing yields in areas where the yield is hugely important is often the difference not only between price/availability but also hunger, malnourishment, pestilence and (ultimately) death. On a purely ethical level, surely feeding starving millions holds more importance than any other concerns?
Last edited by BacteriumFendYoke; 02-25-2013 at 05:28 PM.