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After two weeks on the road I'm in the mood for a change of pace. How does the forum feel about GM crops? A quick read for the uninitiated:
http://www.globetechnology.com/servl...ry/Technology/

My perspective:
We've been genetically engineering crops for centuries. The vegetables of today generally don't exist in nature, everything's been bred to have certain qualities whether it's flavor, cold resistance, size, etc. I don't know that there's been ANY testing of many hybrid crops (especially on local farm stands) whereas there is extensive testing of GM crops.

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that's cool, here is how it wrks on people: http://student.biology.arizona.edu/sciconn/heredity/worksheet_heredity.html
I thought that website was helarious
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The main difference is that in hybridisation,the manipulated genes necessarily come from the same species,wheres when artificially spliced,they can and often are from different Kingdoms even.There is no precedent in evolution for this.
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The main difference is that in hybridisation,the manipulated genes necessarily come from the same species,wheres when artificially spliced,they can and often are from different Kingdoms even.There is no precedent in evolution for this.

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Anyway GM fucked up in the auto business so what makes you think they can do better with crops?

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The main difference is that in hybridisation,the manipulated genes necessarily come from the same species,wheres when artificially spliced,they can and often are from different Kingdoms even.There is no precedent in evolution for this.
Is that a bad thing?

Natural doesn't mean safe; nature produces a lot of dangerously toxic things I would rather not eat (snake venom, arsenic, Brussels sprouts...)

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Well you have a point.I would never have believed you could cross a cow with a fox until i met my (now) ex-wife.[:D]

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^^
Huh?
Sorry. A Scientist/Jerry Lewis/Simpsons/Professor Frink reference in reply to your brainiac explanation......It wont happen again............soon.


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Anyway GM fucked up in the auto business so what makes you think they can do better with crops?
You've apparently never eaten a apple that's a full-scale replica of an H2![:p]

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