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longship

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7. Monsanto may be an evil corporation, but genetic modification is not.
Fri Nov 13, 2015, 07:35 PM
Nov 2015

It is science. It may be perverted by a horrible corporation, but the science behind genetic modification has underpinned agriculture since its beginning. All the food one eats today is genetically modified.

The two things, genetic modification and Monsanto, are as different as two things can be. One is something that has been going on since the birth of agriculture, the other is corporate excess.

Maybe the two are orthogonal. Genetic modification, a normal process, is being exploited by a corporation.

What are called GMOs these days is the product of a natural process. To malign it is to malign, and misunderstand, nature. All of what we eat is genetically modified. All of it. There is no qualitative or quantitative difference between what humans have been doing since the birth of agriculture and the science that has given birth to modern crops, like golden rice which fucking prevents kids from going fucking blind.

But then there are the idiots who see all genetic modification to be connected to evil Monsanto. Of course, they are wrong. And they are also wrong that genetic modification is anything new.

And yes, Monsanto is evil. But so is thoughtless anti-GMO. Science tells the difference. Trust the science.

Monsanto sign... [View all] Playinghardball Nov 2015 OP
Monsanto asks California to pull plan to list herbicide as cancer cause tecelote Nov 2015 #1
Hear, hear! nt Mnemosyne Nov 2015 #2
Slow sickening deadly poisoning. It's kinda like they're doing it on purpose. Dont call me Shirley Nov 2015 #3
Population control. in_cog_ni_to Nov 2015 #5
It's a tight grouping... gregcrawford Nov 2015 #4
+1,000,000,000 Dont call me Shirley Nov 2015 #6
Monsanto may be an evil corporation, but genetic modification is not. longship Nov 2015 #7
No. Enthusiast Nov 2015 #8
Yes! longship Nov 2015 #9
My argument is neither foolish nor ignorant. Enthusiast Nov 2015 #17
I defend genetic modification... longship Nov 2015 #19
You keep saying the same thing even though it remains untrue. Enthusiast Nov 2015 #20
It is the same damned thing! longship Nov 2015 #21
Just like lovemaking is exactly like going to the doctor. appal_jack Nov 2015 #23
They sell seed that's been modified to withstand the chemicals they sell. delrem Nov 2015 #11
Exactly! tecelote Nov 2015 #24
Not true. roody Nov 2015 #12
Is not! Is! Is not! Is! longship Nov 2015 #14
You can rest your case. You have changed no minds here. Enthusiast Nov 2015 #16
Cemented minds are the problem. longship Nov 2015 #18
I took Biology and learned that roody Nov 2015 #29
Then you should have also learned that tomato and fish have a common origin. longship Nov 2015 #30
Goodbye! roody Nov 2015 #31
This message was self-deleted by its author longship Nov 2015 #32
When people speak badly of GMO they are referring to the exploitation by corps like Monsanto. rhett o rick Nov 2015 #25
I would agree with that. longship Nov 2015 #28
I am dependent on human insulin made with genetically modified organisms eridani Nov 2015 #33
And Hillary gets more stock options. n/t Admiral Loinpresser Nov 2015 #10
They are on the defensive now pretty much everywhere, except here in the US. sabrina 1 Nov 2015 #13
It's former P.R. hack is Bloomie's go-to for gun bans. Eleanors38 Nov 2015 #22
Even before Monsanto ZombieHorde Nov 2015 #15
Mostly psychological washing the poisons off the outside and consuming the poisons on the inside. nm rhett o rick Nov 2015 #27
Know Thy Enemy - Oligarchs, Corporations, Banks And Their Media Minions And MIC Henchmen cantbeserious Nov 2015 #26
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