Do you like to eat Genetically Modified Foods? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Alice, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2010 at 7:13 am
I find it amusing that anyone would eat a genetically modified food that can cause infertility, liver damage and even cancer. Yet 90% of all soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified, same with canola.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:44 am Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
No one is forced to buy "Frankenfood" seeds. No law prevents them planting naturally derived seeds and holding back seed for the next crop. Of course they will work twice as hard and get yields far below that from hybrid seed. Kudzu in the South and bunnies in the Outback aside, getting into a plant's genes usually is beneficial.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm
This "marketing" maneuvre spearheaded by Monsanto has been totalitarian and anti-Democratic, anti-Capitalist, and just plain evil in character since it began.
I would like NOT to buy these products, but our government has decided for our own good that they cannot be labelled, and anyone who says anything bad about them is in danger of being attacked through litigation by one of the biggest corporations in the world.
Most of the claims of these foods have shown not to be true.
Even if they were true and they could engineer a banana to provide as much nutrition as a fillet mignon, I would not want to see them out there, but I would choose not to participate or give money to any company that uses this technology.
We do not know enough to let genes like this loose in the environment, and what gives anyone the right to do this. This should never have been done.
There may be some value to the technology, but what are the controls on it and why don't people get to choose whether or not they want this and want to support it?
Posted by Jarred, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm
Alice, it's even worse than you thought. Many of those foods contain dihydrogen monoxide, a substance often used in nuclear power plants and a major component of acid rain, which can kill you if you inhale it. It's up to astute people like you to spread the word about these terrifying dangers.