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Thread: Genetic Engineering and GMO Foods

  1. #1 Genetic Engineering and GMO Foods 
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    Hey guys I am a 17 year old student and these are my views on GMO foods and Genetic Modification based on what I know thus far.
    What are your opinions and have you knowledge to share? I would LOVE to hear from you. Genetic Modification gets a lot of bad publicity, I tried to have a balanced view but I would love to hear from you all.
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    Damn the last thng I wanted was to put a link in, I'm new so I am probably doing something wrong
    Can someone embed it for me please?
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    Damn if I'm going to watch a video.

    Why not provide a transcript, so people can discuss the matter in this text based format?


     

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    Sean, can you share some of your views with us here rather than just directing us off-site? No offence but we're not here merely to generate traffic for you.
     

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    Haha, come on guys he's just 17, plus it's a youtube video it's not like he gets money off of hits. Plus, I dated someone form Dublin for over a year and I have a soft spot for Irish accents

    Your cons for GMOs are a bit weak, I'm not sure vegetarians will really be all that offended since a lot are mostly doing it for health reasons or ethical reasons based on suffering.

    A better argument against GMO plants is that they are owned by corporations and thus it makes farmers in the 3rd world beholden to massive Western corporations that can completely control the cost of their agricultural output.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Haha, come on guys he's just 17, plus it's a youtube video it's not like he gets money off of hits. Plus, I dated someone form Dublin for over a year and I have a soft spot for Irish accents
    I'm Irish too, should I be treated differently to everyone else? I have a charming, soft Leinster accent if that helps... Look, I'm just asking him to engage with us a little bit. I haven't deleted his link and I'm not planning to so long as we get a little back-and-forth. Fair enough?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBiologista
    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Haha, come on guys he's just 17, plus it's a youtube video it's not like he gets money off of hits. Plus, I dated someone form Dublin for over a year and I have a soft spot for Irish accents
    I'm Irish too, should I be treated differently to everyone else? I have a charming, soft Leinster accent if that helps... Look, I'm just asking him to engage with us a little bit. I haven't deleted his link and I'm not planning to so long as we get a little back-and-forth. Fair enough?
    You just might get special treatment, I really am a sucker for accents.

    And, fair enough
     

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    I think that local history of agriculture shapes expectations regarding GMO crops. For example the Canadian prairies were long considered infertile wastelands until government experimental farms produced a durum wheat, and later canola, that would grow in these lands. The crops proved hugely successful. Meanwhile one can see why Irish would be sceptical of new crops.

    I agree with i_feel_tiredsleepy that the gravest danger is in unscrupulous multinational control of dependent farmers and whole economies. Even the industry's own terms for product control are evil sounding: "terminator technology" means patented plants cannot produce fertile seed, so you have to keep buying new seed (unless the company decides to discontinue it!); "traitor" technology means the desired traits must be activated by patented spray, or, without that spray the crop would fail.

    I think one could trust GMOs developed by governments to solve regional shortcomings. For example it is in Canada's interest to develop frost-resistant tomatoes, simply for its own economy (greenhouse tomatoes are expensive). There'd be no strings attached if the Swedes decided to use those plants.
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    OP has not bothered to engage with us. Deleting link. Locking thread.
     

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