Messing with nature is a very bad idea. Intervening in an intelligent, tested and proven way as we do with vaccines, medicines, controlled burns, creating natural parks, domesticating animals and creating new species of fruits and vegetables is what is required. Critics of GMO sometimes say we should not “play God”. But it is not the God part of the objection that worries me. We are not close to being smart enough or creative enough or even peaceful enough to engage that role. What we cannot have is “playing” or what you call "messing around." We need to closely regulate who can use GMO, when, where, why and with what penalties if they cause harms.
QWith all your 'Messing with nature', can you be sure that no negative impact on the future of our planet will be caused by your Genetic Modification, surely blind forced evolution is a dangerous game to play?
Question submitted By: turnip1With all your 'Messing with nature', can you be sure that no negative impact on the future of our planet will be caused by your Genetic Modification, surely blind forced evolution is a dangerous game to play?
Response from Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and Founding Head of the Division of Bioethics at New York Langone Medical Center · Friday, 8/08/2014 1:41 pm
Could the decline of bees possibly be from all the hummingbird feeders that people have in their yards? I dont know about everyone else but my hummingbird feeders are always full of dead bees.
Posted on July 28, 2017
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on August 31, 2017
Hummingbird feeders often contain a sugar solution that is similar to plant nectar. Therefore, bees are attracted to these Hummingbird feeders, because similar to hummingbirds, the sugar/nectar attracts them. There are some hummingbird feeders on the market that are designed to prevent bees, ants, and other insects from getting in. Bee decline is complex and often misunderstood by the public. Chris Sansone, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager of Insect Resistance Management (... Read More
If no proof has been found that GMOs are harmful to humans, then why are they banned in some countries?
Posted on August 15, 2017
Response from: Steve Savage, Consultant, Savage & Associates • on August 16, 2017
GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make... Read More
Do GMOs cross pollinate with non GMO selective breed crop hybrids ? How can we prevent transgenes from entering the gene pool of non GMO crops or wild varieties if GMOs can breed with non GMO varieties?
Posted on February 9, 2017
Response from: Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida • on August 9, 2017
A species is defined by the ability to reproduce viable offspring, so any two plants within a species generally have the potential to cross pollinate. Like any good successful mating, it requires the union of male and female contributions at the right time, same place. So absolutely, GE crops have the potential to cross with non-GE crops of the same species—if they manage to get it on through time and space. So the rules that apply to dogs and teenagers also apply to... Read More