Not legitimate problems with GMOs:
  • They’re “frankenfood” or “dangerous” or “playing God.”

Legitimate problems with GMOs:

  • Artificially sterile seeds which force farmers to buy new seeds from with every crop from corporations which have a monopoly on said seeds. Especially harmful for smallholdings farms.
  • Like pesticides, pest-resistant GMOs become less effective at deterring pests over time due to natural selection.

How your food would look if not genetically modified over millennia

“Ever wonder how your food would be without any human intervention over the course of agriculture history? For thousands of years, farmers have manipulated their crops to get the best yields and have resulted in many of the produce you see today. Also, it’s informative to note that more than 3000 grains, fruits and vegetables have been “created” in a laboratory by subjecting them with gamma rays and/or highly toxic chemicals to artificially scramble their DNA–and have since been marketed as organic, including Ruby Red grapefruits and almost of the most flavorful and top selling organic Italian pasta. Read about that here: Pasta? Ruby grapefruits? Why organic devotees love foods mutated by radiation and chemicals.”

(Source: Genetic Literacy Project via @MatthewPope on Twitter)

A Gameboy Color and BMO chumming it up!

One of the main reasons I like BMO so much is their resemblance to the old Nintendo handheld systems… I still have my old yellow GBC kicking around and its one of the only pieces of my childhood that travels with me to this day.

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hollyjollycrayfish responded to the post on glowing transgenic animals:

  Why are GloFish illegal in California?

TL;DR: Because the California Fish and Game Commission decided that GMO fish are bad and GloFish®  are “immoral." 

I don’t think these fish are scary. I think GloFish® look kind of like fun, swimming Skittles and Mentos. Glofish are for the most part just like other tropical pet fish, but they glow under blacklight. As cute as they are, they’re more illegal than machine guns in California, the only U.S. state that has banned the pets. 

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DANDELIONS deserve a gold medal. One of the first links in that magical chain of events bringing dinner to our tables, this sunny flower is one of the first spring foods for bees. If bees survive the winter, they look to dandelions and other wildflowers for nutrition - so they can begin the work of pollinating our fruits and vegetables. As you know, the bees are in a pickle right now. Their population is dwindling. Let’s not kill off anything that helps the bees.

READ: http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/guest-columns/ci_25679656/dandelions-deserve-gold-medal

And take action to SAVE THE BEES concerning neonicotinoid pesticides use:

Tell Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling plants pre-treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/home-depot-and-lowes

Ask your Congressional Representatives to support H.R. 2692 to ban neonics: http://bit.ly/PollinatorBill

Tell the EPA to ban neonics: www.foe.org/epa-bees

Bill Nye changed his mind about GMOs after reading the science. You should too.

Over the years, as peer-reviewed scientific studies on GMOs have piled up, scientific organizations ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the World Health Organization have analyzed them and reached similar conclusions: GMOs on the market today are no riskier for your health than their non-GMO equivalents.

A recent analysis of the scientific literature also found that GMO crops haven’t been worse for the environment than their non-GMO counterparts and, in some cases, have been better, for instance by reducing pesticide use. That finding echoes a 2010 NAS report that said GMO crops, generally speaking, “have had fewer adverse effects on the environment than non-GE crops produced conventionally.”

GMO mosquito plan sparks outcry in Florida

A British company’s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents.

As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at change.org urging regulators to “say no” to allowing the tourist-friendly fishing and diving haven to become “a testing ground for these mutant bugs.”

The company, Oxitec, said it wants to try the technique there in order to reduce the non-native Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in south Florida and beyond.

“They are more than just a nuisance as they can spread serious diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya,” Oxitec said on its website.

The process involves inserting a gene into lab-grown, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The added DNA makes it impossible for their offspring to survive. Since the males do not bite—only the females do—the lab-grown males would be released to mate with wild females. These releases would take place a few times per week.

“Both the released mosquitoes and their offspring will die—they do not stay in the environment,” Oxitec said, describing the approach as “a new tool in the fight against mosquitoes.”

Trials conducted in the Cayman Islands and Brazil showed a more than 90 percent drop in mosquito populations, according to the company. Based on those results, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District agreed to work with Oxitec, which has built a breeding lab in the Florida Keys. But the project still needs approval from the Food and Drug Administration to move forward. If it does get the green light, the mosquito releases could begin in a few months.


Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

rever-toujours asked:

Hey! I saw you posted about GMOs being safe for consumption. Shouldn't people's main problem with GMOs be the fact that they are controlled by companies such as Monsanto, who tend to "bully" local farmers.

No. This is an issue of democracy, not science.

Young people need to learn how to participate in the public process (and forget about protesting - it doesn’t work). Vote; join a local board; participate in town hall meetings, where lobbyists always show up but the public doesn’t; draft a bill and submit it to your legislator (yes, you can draft a bill); comment on environmental impact statements (EIS); learn how to influence bills in your own state; discover the powerful Federal Register, etc.

Monsanto, Cargill, BSF, etc., participate in the democratic process. Argue with this all you want, but they show up to public meetings. They plan strategies. They draft bills. They comment on EISs. They write legislators, draft bills, leverage the Federal Register - you should too.

Update: Americans vote less than other countries, mostly because young people don’t know how to participate.