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What questions do you have about GMOs?


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#31 Edward J

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:28 PM

 

My concerns regarding GMO's are the following:

 

-The direct link between GMO and "Roundup", can one exist without the other?

 

-Can a farmer generate his own seed with last year's crop, or is s/he dependant on the mnfctr for providing him/her with next year's crop seed?

 

Yes, Roundup has been used for decades on regular crops, and as others have commented, has also been used by home gardeners.  It is considered the safest of all herbicides available on the market, barring perhaps citrus-based ones but even those are so concentrated they require protective gear during application.  Over a dozen people have tried to commit suicide by drinking Roundup or other glyphosate-based herbicides (god knows why, because the surfactants make it sweet, I suppose) and all but one failed.  Dogs have eaten glyphosate crystals (Labs will eat anything) and survived.

 

Yes, small and mid-size farmers can and sometimes do grow crop for seed, but the process of hulling and sifting the crop is laborious and requires special equipment, so it is more cost-effective to buy seed from agribusinesses who specialize in crop propagation.  Specialists also have the laboratories to test seed and assure quality, and they have proper storage protocols to assure the seed does not get moldy or infected during storage.

 

You may be interested to know that GMO seed is more expensive, and growing a GMO crop is entirely optional on the part of the farmer.   Seed, water, fuel, chemicals and labor are the top 5 production inputs for most grain crop farmers.  So if the cost of seed goes up dramatically, the farmer has to figure out how to reduce one of the other inputs and/or increase productivity.

 

 

 

Thank you.

 

My background is from the Canadian praries, so I am familiar with GMO's, round up, and lawsuits.

 

Some more questions then,

 

Are there then, some GMO crops that are formulated that can not, will not, bear seed?

 

Are there some GMO crops that are formulated  so they MUST be used with round-up, or the plant will not reach maturation?



#32 Rebel Rose

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:48 PM

Some do, some don't.  Depends on the crop and the specific variety.

 

No.  No GMO crops are dependent on Roundup.  In fact, you can use GMO seed and farm organically.  The crop can't be certified organic, is all.  (Good question, though!  Mind if I use it?)


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#33 Edward J

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:34 PM

Thanks for the answers!



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:52 PM

Just wondering if you address the issue of GMO lectins as natural pesticides in your book?



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:19 PM

Just wondering if you address the issue of GMO lectins as natural pesticides in your book?

I wasn't going to because there didn't seem to be much interest in that specific thread, but now I am thinking I will include a few paragraphs at least, with references to more reading as I think it may be something of interest that is just coming over the horizon as far as public awareness.  There doesn't seem to be much research available yet.  Can you suggest some good sources of information?  Do  you have an opinion one way or the other?


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:56 PM

I wasn't going to because there didn't seem to be much interest in that specific thread, but now I am thinking I will include a few paragraphs at least, with references to more reading as I think it may be something of interest that is just coming over the horizon as far as public awareness.  There doesn't seem to be much research available yet.  Can you suggest some good sources of information?  Do  you have an opinion one way or the other?

Sorry, I can't point to any peer-reviewed literature that reviews the link between lectins and inflammation.

 

GMOs do not scare me in general (particularly those that focus on nutrient improvement, and to some degree, round-up ready, beyond the "evil" that everyone assumes of Monsanto), but the overexpression of lectins for pest management is (and probably should be) concerning. 


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