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Environment  (tags: gm crops, genetic engineering, disease )

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The damage done to DNA while creating a genetically modified organism is far more extensive than previously thought & GM crops routinely create unintended proteins. Farmers report correlations between GM crops, livestock deaths, and hospitalizations.


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L S (10)
Saturday June 9, 2007, 4:44 pm
Wow, good article, disturbing but we must raise awareness to stop this misuse of genetic science. thank you Phillip.

Marty Powell (151)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 2:10 pm
I fully believe that genetically engineered food will be our downfall. We have had many problems using just one type of a crop let alone using something that we don know how it will react. I used to be able to eat corn, after a few years of the release of genetically engineered corn I cant. If I do, it doesnt digest and I have intestinal issues for days and it doesnt seem to matter which brand I use.

Phillip E (0)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 3:10 pm
I'm not bothered by the notion of genetic engineering as much as I'm bothered by the practice of it. Engineers have a tendency to think like reductionists rather than holists. They'll break things down into their constituent parts, much around with one part or another, then assume, when they put it all back together again, that everything will work right.

Unfortunately, for them, things interact with one another. Genetic engineering is creating a host of unintended consequences that engineers don't have the mindset to predict or manage. Until they can see things a little more holistically, genetic engineering is going to be a dangerous practice.

Daniel Barker (35)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 4:04 pm
I understand that playing God leads to our downfall.

The most important living being on this planet is Homo Sapiens. What happens when we start altering our genes?

Marty Powell (151)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 4:21 pm
I dont think we are the most important, just the most invasive and destructive. everything is part of a giant puzzle and millions of years to get everything just so. some things die out others replace them. now along comes mass humans and we wipe things out, change thing, discount things just because we can.Not because we have the right to. Genetic engineering is greed driven for the most part and anything driven by the want of money or fame wont be good for the rest of use, let alone the plant.

Phillip E (0)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 5:18 pm
You're right, Marty. Nature is a little too interconnected for us to just start mucking around with little bits and pieces of it, and expect wonderful things to happen.

The article also makes it clear that profit-seeking is what's driving this sort of thing. These companies don't care about the effects of their products. They just want some attribute or another that they can patent and sell. If it turns out that it causes damage, they try to hide it and punish people who mention it.

Dee W (24)
Sunday June 10, 2007, 6:00 pm
Genetic engineering causes changes in the hormonal substances in the body. Hormones give the body the blueprint of what to create and this effects the physical body processes on every level. It is not surprising that all diseases are on the increase, physical, mental and emotional. There is probable only a handful of people left on this planet who does not require daily medication whether it be pharmaceuticals or supplements. Pandora's box has been opened long ago. Genetically modified foods will become the least of the problems when the effects of human genetic cross-bred clones begin to materialize in the public's direct nightmare experience. Ghouls run this planet, not humans. LOL

nurith k (93)
Monday June 11, 2007, 6:56 am
that is what i say for years by now, look at the farm animals and tell me this has nothing to do with gene manipulation, think of the cows, the pigs and others what they looked like 20 or 30 years ago and look what they look like now, and i don't understand that anyone could be naive enough to believe that this gene manipulated trash will have no effect on the genes of the future generations, if you eat it, it might cause cancer, but if you eat it when you are a kid or pregnant, if will do something with the genes of your kids, and if not them, then your grandchildren surely. how can anyone trust big pharma with anything??? in 2 generations they will have the humanity gene manipulated enough to have the humans they want, 2 leged fighting dogs with no ability to revolt. is it really just me who sees, that the politicians and the big pharma are trying to rule the evolution of man and earth for their financial benefit, or what??? are you all to blind to see the whole picture and stop staring at the pieces???

nurith k (93)
Monday June 11, 2007, 6:59 am

Michael M (60)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:24 am
It seems that most humans are only concerned with GM because they fear threats to humans. The threats are more comprehensive than to our overblooming species.

The article is an excellent encapsulated argument against genetic modification, and mentions one method.
There are a couple other methods, but inserted genes can generally be assured of not being associated with homeotic or control genes. They don't turn off.
They are potentially in every tissue of the modified organism. It's pretty crude, and it also is part of your soy, corn, cotton, tomato, and other dinners.
The modification occurs in differing percentages of the specific crop - Depends on what agribiz corp manufactured it, and how much of the market they control.
The real danger is to the indigenous animal pollinators; their loss is implicated in the extinctions of other plants and animals.
Massive ecosystem disruption is resulting from human appropriation of environments for food for humans and domestics. This disruption is why many scientists point to the possibility of the end of vertebrate life.

Yet, one wonderful thing about glyphosate, Roundup, is that many plants are being selected for resistance , and so it is becoming obsolescent. The same has been occurring with many pesticides.
To me it is sad that in humans refusing to limit our expansion, we will take so much other beautiful life so many innocent and balanced systems and marvelous species with us in our collapse. Our collapse is desperately necessary to this innocent life, and is unavoidable. The longer we fight with industry, oil, carbon sequestration, disease control on a global scale, the more of them we extinguish forever.

ERica E. (10)
Wednesday May 12, 2010, 8:29 am
i had heard of missing proties,now newly created bad ones?
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