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To: idol breaker who wrote (3933)4/29/2005 4:09:27 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER
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What Agro-Luddites don't want you to know:

Farmers say GM rice cuts pesticide illness

Tim Radford, science editor
Friday April 29, 2005
The Guardian


Small farmers in China growing GM rice reported higher yields than for conventional varieties, a lower use of pesticides, and less illness related to the use of the pesticides, Chinese and US scientists report today in Science journal.

In eight field trials in two consecutive years, the 69 farmers grew a rice genetically engineered to be resistant to stem borer and leaf roller, and also a rice fitted with an insect-resistance gene from a cowpea plant. They were not paid and made their own decisions about pesticide use; the research was funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

For comparison, the researchers also surveyed farmers who used conventional varieties, or who grew both types. All applied the same kinds of pesticides, but on a per hectare basis the quantity and cost of those applied to conventional rice was eight to 10 times higher.

Yields of one GM variety were 9% higher than normal; the harvest from the other was about the same.

The researchers also asked the farmers' families if they had headaches, nausea, skin irritation, or digestive upsets after spraying. None of the farmers who completely converted to GM crops had pesticide health problems in either 2002 or 2003. Of those that grew both GM and conventional varieties, 7.7% reported some illness in 2002, and 10.9% in 2003.

"This study provides China and other nations with objective, research-based information about whether GM food crops can actually improve farmer welfare," said Carl Pray of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

guardian.co.uk

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To: GUSTAVE JAEGER who wrote (3934)4/29/2005 1:54:19 PM
From: idol breaker
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The Chinese refuse to pay royalties to Monsanto et al.

That is only half the problem with GM seeds.

len

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To: idol breaker who wrote (3935)4/30/2005 4:38:41 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER
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Re: The Chinese refuse to pay royalties to Monsanto et al.

The question goes the other way, I'm afraid:

28.01.2002
China leads GM revolution

Government funding puts Chinese plant biotechnology second only to US


While westerners vacillate about the risks and benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops, China is embracing the technology. A new survey shows that the Chinese are working on more plant biotechnology products than anyone outside North America.

Chinese research institutes claim to have developed 141 GM plants, 65 of which have been approved for release into the environment. Scott Rozelle, an agricultural economist at the University of California, Davis carried out the survey.

China's GM success challenges the concern that developing countries, which stand to benefit most from such crops, cannot afford technologies produced in the West.

[...]

If China's GM crops do fill the food gap, their other GM innovations could end up being exported, suspects Rozelle. China may well become the world leader in exporting GM-crop technology to other developing countries. "There have already been sales between China and south and southeast Asian countries," he says.
[snip]

innovations-report.com

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To: GUSTAVE JAEGER who wrote (3936)4/30/2005 5:02:40 PM
From: Yaacov
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Gus, your at it one more time, posting your boring posts! why is it we can't talk about Khazars, Plovosians, Kumans, Bulgars of Volga? your too boring.

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To: idol breaker who wrote (3935)4/30/2005 5:05:18 PM
From: Yaacov
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look here you jack-ass, you know as much about Chines as I know about sending shuttle to the moon! you keep putting your nose in the affairs you don't know nothing about. What do you know about China? Have you ever seen a map of China? ggg all you know about china is chinese food.

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To: Yaacov who wrote (3938)5/1/2005 2:39:25 PM
From: idol breaker
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I thought you were talking about dinner plates!

Silly me...

YOAFL

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To: idol breaker who wrote (3939)5/1/2005 2:48:33 PM
From: Yaacov
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yofal!!! you chaned your name to grasso, now yofal! who the heck are you? a bum!

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To: Yaacov who wrote (3940)5/1/2005 2:55:58 PM
From: idol breaker
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Mr. Schnorrer to you!

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To: idol breaker who wrote (3941)5/1/2005 3:35:02 PM
From: Yaacov
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schnorer! ggg that is what they used to call us, schnor juden. i don't mind that, you can call me what you want! GG you prick!

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To: Yaacov who wrote (3942)5/1/2005 3:46:43 PM
From: idol breaker
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