Coyne wrote: ahammel wrote:
So, GMO's: adulterated by definition. Then Honest Abe's used car salesman gets his megaphone out and yells, "Step right up, get some BT corn. Don't worry about that BT toxin, Rube, we tested it and it's perfectly safe: you definitely won't die before tomorrow night."
As a point of interest: simply spraying the BT toxin on non-GMO corn is an organic farming technique.
But BT toxin is on
the organic corn, not in
the organic corn, wash it off.
The toxin was applied throughout the life of "organic" corn, from the point the thing was a seed. As ahammel points out, how can you be sure that the toxin wasn't absorbed into the porous food? I mean, we've all done the food-coloring experiment with flowers, right?
If you apply a chemical to a plant, the plant absorbs
the chemical. Toxic metals, such as uranium and lead, definitely
are absorbed through the growth process and persist in plants. And benign chemicals, like the food coloring example, demonstrates the fact visually.
As for the rest of your post... the anti-Monsanto rant is fine and all, but I don't see why it fails to apply to the pesticides company that non-GMO farmers would use. Pesticides companies promise that herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are safe to spray on plants... but "is it really" ???
Look, you may be all worried about BT-Corn. But I'm personally more worried about Organophosphates
. You know, the stuff they used before Bt-Corn (which also happened to be used by the Military as Nerve Agents and Chemical Weapons). A specific one that was used very commonly was Diazinon
, and that chemical had a lovely set of known and provable symptoms.
Farmers need to regularly poison the food so that it can stave off insects, fungi, and weeds. It is a fact of modern industrial-scale agriculture. And for all intents and purposes, GMO-Corn looks a HELL
of a lot safer than other techniques. So yes, if we've got "The Devil we know that causes nausia and death
", vs "The Devil we don't know, which doesn't seem to kill anyone". I'm betting on "The Devil we don't know", while being fully aware that GMO-corn may have long term risks... they surely can't be as bad as Diazinon.
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