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Pastimes : Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) -- Ignore unavailable to you. Want to Upgrade?

To: Mike McFarland who wrote (92)8/21/2010 11:42:34 PM
From: A.J. Mullen  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 103
Judge Revokes Approval of Modified Sugar Beets

Interesting. I'm in favor of GM crops. One big plus is the potential for reduction in the use of pesticides. That's not the case for round-up ready crops. I don't know the law, but clearly round-up ready crops allows for massive increases in application of pesticides - something worth some thought.

I prefer the more subtle approach of getting a crop to produce its own pesticide, and Monsanto is a pioneer in this field too. In this case, it might be more important that safety be established and Monsanto got an easy ride for those crops too. There's reference to criticism of Monsanto and the FDA here: Message 26249071, and a discussion follows.

It's the old story: GM is a powerful tool. It could be of great use, and it might do considerable damage in some circumstances. Some are opposed to any GM. That's a mistake, but it doesn't mean all opposition is ill-founded.