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Genetic Engineering In Seed – Beware The Power Of Industrial Giants
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Genetic Engineering In Seed – Beware the Power Of Industrial Giants

Genetic engineering, or the modifying of plant genetics, is a ruse by industrious companies, seeking bigger profits, with a total disregard to the environmental and consumers health. Doug Gurian-Sherman a plant pathologist and senior scientist in the USA, states that transgenic seed may lessen the use of pesticides but increases the use of herbicides. Other experts argue that the genetically manipulated crop may pose serious health and environmental risks.

The “Los Angeles Times” is saying (and I quote from the news article) “We don't have the complete picture. That's no accident. Multi-billion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically engineered crops.” Why would they do that if there was nothing to hide? The author of this article continues to explain how universities and independent bodies, blocked from performing independent studies on this seed, requesting aid from governmental agencies received no aid. Genetically engineered crops are inventions protected by patents, allowing the powerful industries the excuses of secrecy.

Are independent studies performed by governmental agencies that allow these seeds to reach the market? No, research agencies do the testing, and who funds them? The very same independent agencies applying for clearance and approval. If this be the fact, why can we not test our own driving, and issue ourselves drivers licences?

Seed companies like Pioneer, owned by a chemical company, contested the independent results of a genetic manipulated plant. The plant manipulated to withstand certain pests, was found to also affect good beneficial pests by a group of independent university scientist requested to do the tests by the company. The mother company contested the results with “it did not do that by us” attitude, and blocked the scientists from making the findings public. Their results withheld from the EPA, who later approved the seed production.

Why has the standard of approval drop in places like the United States, is it financially driven, do the pollsters manipulate results to suit the employer who pays him. Are the governments of the world pro genetic manipulation because they see it as a way to feed the masses, or is it because the big industry can grease the palms of the right people. The past republican President's attitude of disregard for the environment for profit and gain by big business, understandable, but for the present democratic President to encourage the use of these genetically modified crops elsewhere in the world, mind-blowing.

An example of the chaos being created, Monsanto manipulated or engineered crops to withstand their product Roundup, used to control any plant or weed it comes into contact with. Great, now the fields sprayed, without having an effect on the production plant. Did it increase yields? No. What effect has it had? Farmers are now dealing with crops of super weeds. By extracting certain genes from a fish, and marrying them to a plant's, to make it resistant to a chemical, is manipulating nature, are you so sure nature is incapable of its own manipulation?

Resistance of viruses to drugs, fungi to chemicals, all result in the alternating of different treatment applications, so as not to allow this to happen. Gardeners applying the same pesticides, year in and year out, are heard complaining to suppliers that it no longer works, why? Because his pests have built a resistance to his chemical. Plants can do the same. Before chemical applications where available in the farming industry, corn lands and the likes, where hoed for weed control. Normal plant growth did the rest, are the plants we are now genetically manipulating not becoming weaker?

Genetic engineering, a relatively new scientific discovery, is not being studied for its long-term effect on human consumption. Cancer research spends more money on seeking a cure than a cause, and you can't blame them. Smoking, reputed to cause lung cancer, hammered on by all, did this receive the same controls as smoking marijuana? No, why not? Because the tobacco industry is huge and controls billions of profit and probably hundreds of government officials. Have the warnings and other required legal changes reduced smoking? No they haven't, children well under the legal age to smoke or to buy the same, still are.

The big chemical companies, that own the seed companies, are possibly in part owned by the tobacco companies, where do we end up? At the beginning, big money runs the world.

What can we as mere mortals, within the world driven by profit by big co-operations, do about the situation? Fight for legislation, that food manufactured or produced from genetically engineered products be so labelled. As per the warning label on the packet of cigarettes, warning of the dangers, let these food items from genetic manipulate origin be so labelled, that we may use our God-given right to decide what we eat, and don't eat.


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This is one of the scariest world issues to me. Once the food chain is mucked with there's no going back.... one has to question motive and unfortunately good ones are found lacking.

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  about 1 decade ago

One of my major concerns, what are the possibilities of cross pollenation between GM crops and normal, do we finally wipe out the good for the bad? Or do we end with Freaks?

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  about 1 decade ago
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