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  • jtrav21's picture
    jtrav21
    08.20.2013
    rickspalding - most of the technical information that is being shared on this site has been in the public domain for the past twenty years. How is that subterfuge?
  • rickspalding's picture
    rickspalding
    07.31.2013
    LOL at the community managers response. Apparently natural mutations and hybrids are the same as splicing fish DNA into a tomato and spinach dna into a citrus tree. Too bad mother nature will never let that happen. In addition, if they were so safe they would have been open to the public when this all started in the 90's. All that has happened is subterfuge. These biotechs created the bad stigma themselves. Now this site is supposedly to make them transparent. They had two decades to be transparent, but now labelling is really being pushed this is their tactic to defuse the situation. Make the label say it is genetic engineered with the same nutritional content. End of story, simple as that. They won't do it. What's worth doing is worth doing for money.
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    Community Manager
    07.31.2013
    Thanks for your question, a few things:
    First, with regard to your point - “why GMOs,” I’ve included an excerpt below from our “Explore the Basics Section” of this website which explores why farmer’s choose to use GMOs.
    “Farmers choose seeds based on what is best for their farms, market demand and local growing environments. Farmers select GMOs to reduce yield loss or crop damage from weeds, diseases, and insects, as well as from extreme weather conditions, such as drought. Farmers choose to use GMOs to reduce the impact of agriculture on their environment and their costs — by applying pesticides in more targeted ways, for example. Farmers have also used GMOs to save a crop – such as papaya from Hawaii — that was being threatened by a disease.”
    The Genetic Literacy Project also provides 10 reasons why we need biotech foods and crops.http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Biotechnology-infographic_.pdf

    You may also be interested the information we have posted regarding the history of crop modification:
    “Farmers have intentionally changed the genetic makeup of all the crops they have grown and the livestock they have raised since domestic agriculture began 10,000 years ago. Every fruit, vegetable and grain that is commercially available today has been altered by human hands, including organic and heirloom seeds.”

    With regard to labeling, we just posted some info on labeling, more info here. From the Post:
    “….We are often accused of being against labeling. We are not. We want consumers to know about GMOs and support the right of consumers to choose food that is healthy and nutritious. What we cannot support however is a label that conveys to consumers that foods made from the farmers’ crops grown with our seeds are less safe, less nutritious or somehow different from conventional or organic food. We believe a government requirement to label a GMO food would do just this. Hundreds of independent studies have confirmed the safety of GMOs (available here) and regulatory authorities around the world agree.”
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    Kiya Tabb
    07.31.2013
    Agree with Rick. GMO yields are no better than non-GMO yields (we are grain farmers and are growing both, so we can attest to that). So the feeding the world argument is bogus. The answer lies in the government positions currently occupied by former Monsanto employees and former attorneys for Monsanto.
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    rickspalding
    07.31.2013
    Unless you have billions of dollars and can lobby the gov't. You won't win. The morons on here call it a free market to NOT have gmo's labeled and have organic labeled. That is completely false logic. This is a statist run country. States can't even proceed how they want due to being threatened to be sued by companies like Monsanto. It's about corporate profit, nothing more. ALthough biotech will lead you to believe that GMO is needed to feed the world, which is completely false.