Monday, April 11, 2005

Frankenfood or Food of the Future?

An episode of the Showtime program "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" that I recently saw prompted me to bring up the subject of Genetically Modified food in conversation yesterday. Then I realized, hey, I don't know shit about it. Maybe I should. Thanks to TBone for sending me this interesting article from the Sierra Club on the topic. What do you all think?

3 Comments:

Blogger Stewsday said...

I'm a firm believer in science when it comes to solving world hunger & such. People have been breeding animals and plants for physical characteristics since before Gregor Mendel noticed peas. As such, modern science is a hellalot more accurate in providing the benefits to the most crops. It really does take a PhD to splice genes together and because scientists are doing it, they run studies all the time, so there's lots to read. As a scientist, I believe we should always be cautious and continue research. Dr. Robert Goodman at UW-Madison is an expert in this particular field. He's done more work with wheat and grains than anyone else. I would start by learning about the process. The more you know about it, the less you'd take issue with it. I'd be more worried about the conventional pesticides which are still used on 95% of the crops in the world, versus the 5% of resistant/safe crops which yield more produce and use less fert...
And that's food for thought!
~G.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I too feel pesticides are a bigger problem. But, GE foods are also a very serious problem that is getting out of control because of lack of oversight. That is a huge problem with GE foods, there is very little restriction or oversight. Also, as a vegetarian who is very conscious of the food I eat...I prefer my apples and oranges with out frog and fish genes thank you!

TBone

9:54 AM  
Blogger Mac said...

Funny you brought this up...I was just telling a friend the same thing last week. I too need some good reading material that covers the topic generally...I'll let you know if I find anything good!

4:40 AM  

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