Tastefully Offensive: Apples

Jan 24, 2013

Apples

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4 comments:

Collin Thornhill said...

It's hard to laugh

tastefullyoffensive.com said...

For me it comes down to common sense. There is no off switch to GMOing food. We don't know if it's safe or not, but when we find out it will be too late to do anything about it. You can't prevent seeds from spreading. All I want is the right to choose if I want to consume it or not.

Collin Thornhill said...

I love the site, so I hate to be such a contrarian on this issue, but I respectfully disagree with your premises. What do you mean "no off switch"? It's as if there's this dooms-day scenario in your argument. What dangers do you foresee that we wouldn't already be exposed to from conventionally grown foods? Keep in mind that we've been genetically modifying foods for 10,000 years... what's the danger there?

Also, when it comes to certainty, very rarely can we conclude something is absolutely safe. All we have, then, is epidemiology and science. There have been over 470 studies looking into the safety of GMO foods, and they've all demonstrated that they're "as safe as conventionally grown crops." Of course, one might ask "are these industry funded?" That's a reasonable question, but we also have to remember that a lot of the time industry is the only source for that funding. The mere fact that it's industry funded does not mean that the conclusions are invalid. Still... there HAVE been studies that looked into GMO safety that were NOT industry funded. In fact, there are 78 independent safety studies that show GMOs to be as safe as non-GMO foods.

http://gmopundit.blogspot.com/2008/08/rosemary-stanton-wrong-about.html

There is only one study that demonstrated GMOs dangers, and that study turned out to be incredibly flawed (so bad it should probably be retracted), and that's the Serralini study.

http://www.abca.com.au/2012/12/eu-seralini-study-flawed-efsa/

But even more to the point, we should remember that there's also no scientific mechanism in GMOs that would lead to the conclusion GMOs are not safe. But one only arrives at that conclusion when you spend a lot of time understanding the science behind genetics, genetic modification, botany, biochemistry, gastroenterology, and more specifically, horizontal gene transfer.

I used to be opposed to GMOs until I got into a long debate with a plant scientist. I remember speaking with great confidence about the potential dangers of consuming foods, and when pressed for details... well, it was one of the most humiliating moments of my life. I was speaking with an arrogant confidence about a subject I knew embarrassingly little about. Here's a similar story:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/03/mark_lynas_environmentalist_who_opposed_gmos_admits_he_was_wrong.html

tastefullyoffensive.com said...

Sorry for taking forever to respond. My biggest concern is the corporate monopolization of seeds. I'm not saying that all GMO science is evil and should be stopped. I would just prefer to have the choice of deciding whether or not I want to eat GMO foods. What I mean by 'no off switch' is that you can't control the spread of seeds. Monsanto seeds are spreading to other non-GMO farms and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. I love science, but I'm also a fan of not effing with things that aren't broken.

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