• Jo Dean

    Wow, that is downright scary stuff isnt it?


  • Simon

    This really bothers me – good article in general, but asking questions about GM foods like this is really pretty ridiculous. I don’t mean that they shouldn’t be tested, but this is like saying “We shouldn’t use chemicals, because some of them might be bad”. Yes, testing(independent, government, and industry) should be done, but stop lumping these things together. There is an enormous variety of GMO products – legislation should handle them as a class, but it isn’t as though all of them are going to be dangerous. Some of them will – and must be identified and removed – and some of them won’t. Just like zinc-oxide is totally okay, and DDT is not so cool. This over-generalization is ridiculous.

  • Clinton

    @ Simon,

    The only ridiculous thing happening here, is that you neglect to offer relevant information to the topic at hand, by downplaying the process of chemicals and unnatural processes being used in the production of our food–calling it all “over-generalized.”

    This is a decent article that doesn’t dig too deep, but offers thought-provoking easy to understand insight.

    If a reader feels there has been “over-generalization,” the only logical thought is that the reader has been engaged in the topic and will now seek more information = GOAL OF WRITER (bring awareness).

    Harmony is the path of greatest productivity.

  • Jordan

    That’s some fucked up shit. Could account for the low fertility rates we’ve been seeing, as DDT is an estrogenic compound. All these chemicals we put into our environment is really going to bite us in the ass I bet we all die from cancer before 60.

  • Nick

    Could you post the sources where you found this information? I’m interested in reading more about the studies conducted and where I can learn more.

  • Lilyana

    I have to go with Simon on this one. Just saying GM foods is a massive over-generalization. The vast majority of GM is nothing more than cross-breeding. Mendel and his pea plants anyone? In fact, when you get right down to it, there aren’t really any plant foods left that aren’t GM. They’ve pretty much all been the product of guided breeding at some point or other. Take for instance cabbage. Kale, endive, green leaf, red leaf, etc. were all the result of various breeding programs done in different regions in centuries past.

    A few people may have heard of Norman Bourlag. He spent his entire career creating GM foods. He’s the reason Mexico is a major exporter of wheat and is estimated to have saved a billion lives with his GM food. That’s not a typo, one billion.

    Even in cases where the genetics get a bit more involved there is far too much hysteria. I don’t know if frog DNA has ever actually been used to create a more resilient strain or how viable it is as an idea, but even if they did people get ridiculous about it. I mention frog DNA because one of the most common anecdotes I’ve heard is people expressing a concern of growing a frog leg from their side. That’s a lot like saying that eating frog legs will make you grow frog legs. I’ve never grown one myself and I’ve never heard of anybody else growing one especially in regions where it’s more common like China so I think we’re good.

    I’m definitely going to have to say that the link between banned chemicals and GM foods that the author is trying to make is tenuous at best.

    On the actual topic of the chemicals themselves though one of the biggest problems is that while these chemicals are banned in the US many are still commonly used in other countries that export food to us. And as Jordan mentioned about fertility rates and such, they do indeed very likely play a factor as well as the rise of plastics containing BPA. Studies have been finding a correlation between these and lowering fertility rates, increased feminization in men, and a rise of intersexed and trannsexual conditions.

  • http://www.csn-deutschland.de/blog/en/ BrunO

    Schecter’s study is here: http://ehsehplp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.0901347 – the xource is mentioned in the post of Zachary.

  • http://livingdiseasefree.com/ Tony Long

    The FDA reviews data on allergens, toxicity, and nutrient levels that is voluntarily submitted by companies that produce the product. Only if that information shows that the new foods are not substantially equivalent to conventional ones, will the FDA order further testing.

    In the case of GMO’s, I feel that there should be more extensive testing done and done by independent researchers. Let’s keep in mind that the major GMO producer Monsanto also once hailed Agent Orange, PCB’s, and DDT as being safe.

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