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GMOs: The Future Of Food

John Niman


January 07, 2013

For several months now, I’ve wanted to put together a post talking about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and particularly in the context of food. I’ve had several debates with my friends – I tend toward the pro-GMO camp and several of my friends are anti-GMO. I maintained that if they simply looked at the science, reviewed the research, and avoided sources with an agenda that often post incorrect information that they would come around to my way of thinking.


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Posted by Kris Notaro  on  01/07  at  12:10 PM

I agree that genetically modified foods have a great potential to cure disease and help developing countries with starvation, etc.  However Monsanto is a corporation that has time and time again been documented hurting the American farmer by forcing them to use “copyrighted” seeds. Monsanto has also hurt farmers worldwide… just in India alone, (not purely because of Monsanto) over 60,000 farmers have killed themselves because of seed and food trade laws pushed by corporations like Monsanto.

So let’s look at like this: Monsanto is indeed like Windows. (although the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have done some great things!)
The small farmer that wants control over their crops is like Linux.

Monsanto cannot continue to act as they do worldwide.

DIY genetic engineering and literal “stealing” of Monsanto’s copyrighted crops will be the result in the upcoming future. Protests against Monsanto’s actions will continue.

We should look at a positive future where farmers do not have to deal with Monsanto’s dirty tricks. We should listen to farmers who’s lives have been destroyed. We need the genetic modification of plants to be in control of the farmers, not some large corporation that is so powerful that they can influence trade laws, genetic copyright, and responsible for the misery of thousands of American farmers, and the deaths of tens of thousands of farmers worldwide.


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Posted by John Niman  on  01/07  at  03:34 PM

I’m not sure that small farmers are in a position to genetically modify anything, but I agree with your more general point.

Posted by drbrian  on  01/07  at  04:41 PM

Hi, lab grown meat is unlikely at this stage to be GMO meat. Especially as it’s being developed in Europe.

Posted by Kris Notaro  on  01/07  at  06:03 PM

drbrian, cultured meat will probably be able to be genetically modified soon to be healthier, obviously grown without brains, and much more efficient – producing a fraction of the green house gases that modern factory farms do. I say this because the genomes of rather complex organisms is rapidly being understood everyday. A stem cell that can be programmed to create meat will not only help meat eating people have less heart problems, etc, but will also taste better as well.

John, I understand what your saying and feel that we need more geneticists and biologists out there so that when someone gets their hands on Monsanto’s code on a computer they will be able to manipulate it and create it in the real world. Perhaps not in a DIY home situation, but maybe at some rogue university, college, organization, or small corporation that will have the expertise to be able to “hack” the genome and produce the end result in the real world. Just like software these plants can be reversed engineered, or engineered in such a way where it is indeed, as you say “open source”.

Posted by Kris Notaro  on  01/07  at  11:25 PM

“A cruelty-free, cultured meat is on the horizon that will help save a large percentage of the 27 billion animals slaughtered each year for food.

According to PETA “Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating. Eating animals is bad for our health, increasing the risk of developing various diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.”  Given those facts, the idea of cruelty free cultured meats sounds like a viable alternative.

Having been a vegetarian for years I have to admit that sometimes I miss the variety that meat adds to a diet so this subject is especially interesting to me.  Dr. Genovese, answers critical questions to his important research that should turn skeptics into believers.”

Posted by James Moore  on  02/04  at  11:33 PM

There will always be a debate on GMO foods but still it is flourishing since 20 years due to money power from companies like Monsanto and other influential people from agriculture industry. You will be surprised to know that big names are integrated with Monsanto company.

Why Big Ag and the Government Leaves Public Out of the Big Debate!

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