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Old 01-14-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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Are Americans worried by genetically modified foods?

The French government just suspended authorization to grow genetically modified corn (Mosanto).

This is a real political hot potato.

Much of the discussion is not actually based on scientific facts, but fear.

The French people are opposed to "Frankenfood" and domination by an American multinational.

Putting aside the political context, and concentrating on the health issue alone, do Americans by and large accept genetically modified food without any problem?

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Old 01-14-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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The French government just suspended authorization to grow genetically modified corn (Mosanto).

This is a real political hot potato.

Much of the discussion is not actually based on scientific facts, but fear.

The French people are opposed to "Frankenfood" and domination by an American multinational.

Putting aside the political context, and concentrating on the health issue alone, do Americans by and large accept genetically modified food without any problem?

Best regards,
Alex R.
I have a problem with it but we Americans have no way of knowing if it is GMO as they dont tell us. We can get products that tell you that they are non GMO. I guess we would hafto do some research on who grow GMOs I believe the company Con Agra grows GMOs not positive though.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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This might help
PCC Sound Consumer | Non-GMO Project: A campaign for healthier eating
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:14 PM   #4
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I personally do not accept GM foods. I have serious concerns regarding genetically modified foods.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:39 PM   #5
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We have all been eating genetically modified foods for hundreds of years. The produce, meats and poultry we eat today are not nearly the same as what our ancesters ate.

Say thank you to Luther Burbank.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:41 PM   #6
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in my opinion, this is completely different from what Luther did.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:46 PM   #7
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in my opinion, this is completely different from what Luther did.

Only in method, not in end result.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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Andy I am not particularly worried about GM foods but there is a difference between hybridization ala Luther Burbank and genetic engineering. In hybridization there is mixing of the genome but if we are dealing with corn hybridizing the result is still a corn.

One method of genetic engineering is to insert a gene into a, oh corn, that comes from an entirely different organism. May be a very different organism. Then that gene directs the production of a protein (which is all genes do - everything elso our body makes is directed by those proteins) that is not usually made in a corn. The worry is that the resulting protein may result in unforseen consequences when ingested and once in the environment may be difficult or impossible to get rid of.

There are examples of GM products that have been tried and research stopped due to such unanticipated consequences.

GM foods have the promise of feeding the vast millions in areas many foods will not grow, improving the taste and nutrition of the foods we eat. Wonderful aims.

But it has only been 55 years siince Watson and Crick figured out the double helix of DNA. And although we have learned a lot very rapidly since then, genetic manipulation is still in its infancy.

Although I am more on the side of go for it, I fully understand those who are hesitant.
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:03 PM   #9
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I accept it. If anything I feel highly evolved. I would prefer that the animals are not hopped up on chemicals, but when in Rome...
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:06 PM   #10
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My wife is about 6 months away from her Phd in botanical genetic engineering. She is
not involved in the "frankenfood" area of genetics at all, but is VERY interested in it.
Therefore, she is pretty savvy and knowledgeable in the field.

She isn't worried about it, therefore I am not either.

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