February222014
biodiverseed:

There is a huge difference between selective breeding (artificial selection) and genetic engineering. This level of scientific illiteracy is embarrassing coming from such an esteemed scientist as Tyson.
I’m not even worried about the health impacts of GMOs (because there is little evidence to support that angle). The real issues of GMOs are:
The patents and lawsuits on biological life, forcing farmers into poverty, and in the case of India, suicide.
Encouraging increased pesticide use with pesticide-resistant strains.
Encouraging monoculture practices, which are stripping topsoil of nutrients (soil erosion), and devastating ecosystems, (especially with their impacts on pollinators, like bees).
This is a social and environmental issue. You may get the occasional health nut saying “GMO corn causes tumours in rats,” but there are bigger fish to fry in the struggle against big agribusiness. 
We are talking about control of the global food supply being in the hands of a few lawsuit-happy corporations, and governmental bodies like the EU making things like swapping seeds illegal.
BiodiverSeed.com/tagged/food-politics

Really Tyson? Really? I guess the more educated you are, the more you think you know everything.

biodiverseed:

There is a huge difference between selective breeding (artificial selection) and genetic engineering. This level of scientific illiteracy is embarrassing coming from such an esteemed scientist as Tyson.

I’m not even worried about the health impacts of GMOs (because there is little evidence to support that angle). The real issues of GMOs are:

  1. The patents and lawsuits on biological life, forcing farmers into poverty, and in the case of India, suicide.
  2. Encouraging increased pesticide use with pesticide-resistant strains.
  3. Encouraging monoculture practices, which are stripping topsoil of nutrients (soil erosion), and devastating ecosystems, (especially with their impacts on pollinators, like bees).

This is a social and environmental issue. You may get the occasional health nut saying “GMO corn causes tumours in rats,” but there are bigger fish to fry in the struggle against big agribusiness.

We are talking about control of the global food supply being in the hands of a few lawsuit-happy corporations, and governmental bodies like the EU making things like swapping seeds illegal.

BiodiverSeed.com/tagged/food-politics

Really Tyson? Really? I guess the more educated you are, the more you think you know everything.

(Source: likeamosaic, via kihaku-gato)

July42013
iggymogo:

GMO Myths and TruthsNew Report by Earth Open SourceGenetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters.
They say that GM crops:
Are an extension of natural breeding and do not pose different risks from naturally bred crops
Are safe to eat and can be more nutritious than naturally bred crops
Are strictly regulated for safety
Increase crop yields
Reduce pesticide use
Benefit farmers and make their lives easier
Bring economic benefits
Benefit the environment
Can help solve problems caused by climate change
Reduce energy use
Will help feed the world.
However, a large and growing body of scientific and other authoritative evidence shows that these claims are not true. On the contrary, evidence presented in this report indicates that GM crops:
Are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops
Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
Are not adequately regulated to ensure safety
Do not increase yield potential
Do not reduce pesticide use but increase it
Create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops
Have mixed economic effects
Harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity
Do not offer effective solutions to climate change
Are as energy-hungry as any other chemically-farmed crops
Cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes - poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on.
Based on the evidence presented in this report, there is no need to take risks with GM crops when effective, readily available, and sustainable solutions to the problems that GM technology is claimed to address already exist.
Conventional plant breeding, in some cases helped by safe modern technologies like gene mapping and marker assisted selection, continues to outperform GM in producing high-yield, drought-tolerant, and pest- and disease-resistant crops that can meet our present and future food needs.
Download a PDF of the full GMO Myths and Truths report (http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf)

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Hate!!!!! I don’t generally hate things, but I hate this. I understand that they may have believed they were doing good things in the beginning, but the proof is in the pudding. It’s not working. They were short sighted and they need to stop.

iggymogo:

GMO Myths and Truths

New Report by Earth Open Source

Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters.

They say that GM crops:

  • Are an extension of natural breeding and do not pose different risks from naturally bred crops
  • Are safe to eat and can be more nutritious than naturally bred crops
  • Are strictly regulated for safety
  • Increase crop yields
  • Reduce pesticide use
  • Benefit farmers and make their lives easier
  • Bring economic benefits
  • Benefit the environment
  • Can help solve problems caused by climate change
  • Reduce energy use
  • Will help feed the world.

However, a large and growing body of scientific and other authoritative evidence shows that these claims are not true. On the contrary, evidence presented in this report indicates that GM crops:

  • Are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops
  • Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
  • Are not adequately regulated to ensure safety
  • Do not increase yield potential
  • Do not reduce pesticide use but increase it
  • Create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops
  • Have mixed economic effects
  • Harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity
  • Do not offer effective solutions to climate change
  • Are as energy-hungry as any other chemically-farmed crops
  • Cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes - poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on.

Based on the evidence presented in this report, there is no need to take risks with GM crops when effective, readily available, and sustainable solutions to the problems that GM technology is claimed to address already exist.

Conventional plant breeding, in some cases helped by safe modern technologies like gene mapping and marker assisted selection, continues to outperform GM in producing high-yield, drought-tolerant, and pest- and disease-resistant crops that can meet our present and future food needs.

Download a PDF of the full GMO Myths and Truths report (http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf)

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Hate!!!!!
I don’t generally hate things, but I hate this.
I understand that they may have believed they were doing good things in the beginning, but the proof is in the pudding. It’s not working. They were short sighted and they need to stop.

(via beemill)

April62013
November302012
September232012
stopkillingourworld:

5 Myths about Genetically Modified food.

stopkillingourworld:

5 Myths about Genetically Modified food.

(via mauricesmall)

September142012

mauricesmall:

all day long !!!!

(Source: kaiamar)

August232012
stopmonsantothemovie:

untamedabyss:

know where your food comes from…

#STOPMONSANTO!

stopmonsantothemovie:

untamedabyss:

know where your food comes from…

#STOPMONSANTO!

(via sabelmouse)

July142012
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