Re: GM angst

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 14:42:33 MDT

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> > > > I think micronutrient rice is probably a good idea.
> > > >
> > > > I think RoundUp *.* is a bad idea, I want to know if a product
> > > > contains it because there is zero chance of me using any product
> > > > that contains it.
> >
> >
> > I somehow missed the original post about Roundup, else I probably would have
> > commented before this. I'm curious. Who made the original post about not
> > using Roundup? Even though it's made by a company I'd rather not do businss
> > with, to the best of my understanding, Roundup is one of the least harmful
> > of all pesticides. (I believe that the product can now be made and marketed
> > by companies other than Monsanto)
> He's not talking about RoundUp itself, but rather crops that normally
> can't take RoundUp which are genetically modified to tolerate it. I'm
> not so sure that's a good thing either, and I /am/ sure that "terminator"
> genes are very bad. Yes, GM is a good thing, but there really /are/
> evil uses of it (as there are with any technology) and it does no good
> for our cause to ignore them or minimize them.
> --
> Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
> are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
> for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC

Monsanto made a statement that they would not sell plant seeds with the terminator
gene. That doesn't mean they can't change their mind, and it doesn't mean they
won't develop it, it just means they won't try to hook farmers on mule seeds this

Contemporarily, commercial genetic modification of plants generally is not so much
gene-splicing as it is hybridization and application of radiation to many, many
samples: the "brute force" approach.

People have farmed plants since time out of mind, and probably no plant is the
same as it was then, just as no people are the exact replicas of those from then.

Ross Andrew Finlayson
Finlayson Consulting
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