Monday, July 29, 2013

Here's an article on GMO foods that definitely bears your attention

At least in this case, the choice seems to come down to accepting a genetically modified orange or eating a whole lot more pesticide.

Or eating oranges that look like the one on the right.

[Added] Or, as numerous meatspace commenters have pointed out to me, not eating oranges at all.

I myself am not totally against GMO foods. I don't have worries about the "Frankenfood" aspect; i.e., I'd have no problem eating a given sample that had gone through the testing described in the article. I do worry about genetically modified organisms -- plant or animal -- escaping into the wild, as it were, before we completely understand what we're doing, in general.

(h/t: Andrew Revkin)

4 comments:

Substance McGravitas said...

I do worry about genetically modified organisms -- plant or animal -- escaping into the wild, as it were, before we completely understand what we're doing, in general.

I also worry about monopolies on food. Instability in a monoculture might mean, say, no bananas for a variety of reasons to do with trade alone.

Brendan Keefe said...

Oh, yes, that's a big worry, too.

Mooser said...

"I do worry about genetically modified organisms -- plant or animal -- escaping into the wild, as it were, before we completely understand what we're doing, in general."

Don't worry too much. I never understand what I'm doing, in general or specifically.

Brendan Keefe said...

Still laughing about your comment, Mooser, as well as some of the things on your blog.

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