Tuesday, 8 January 2013

GM technology is an incalculable gamble

Egyptian farmers work at an organic farm in west Nobarawa. To tackle the
global food production problem, the West needs to help African countries build
the infrastructure that will increase the production of organic food


I could not agree more with the title of this post...

Here are two letters on GM and we should not use GM technology.

I copy the second one here...

• The most important questions are not whether existing kinds of GM harm to humans: they evidently do not. The crucial questions are, first, do GM crops lead to a reduction in biodiversity? If so, the destruction of crops by an unforeseen hazard will mean that there will be few or no alternative forms of the plant remaining to supply a substitute. Second, why are all types of genetic modification branded simply as "GM" rather than specifying the kind of risk they are designed to overcome, such as particular pests, drought, specific diseases etc? Only this kind of detail will allow consumers to decide whether the product is likely to be safe.
Margaret Bone
Lower Langford, Somerset

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if you want my personal views on why I disagree with any GM food...here are two links

1. GMO free fish

2.   Ray of hope for global food crisis

where I write...

The most comprehensive worldwide study to date on the safety of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) was completed by the UK's Royal Society in 2005. The
study of winter oil rapeseed, one of Britain's biggest crops, concluded that
wildlife and the environment would suffer if the GM crop was grown in the UK.
Large fields were planted half with the GM crop and half with conventional
crops. The main finding was that broadleaf weeds, such as chickweed, which
birds rely on heavily for food, were far less numerous in GM fields than
conventional fields. Some of the grass weeds were more numerous, although this
had less of a direct benefit on wildlife and affected the quality of the
crops.


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