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 Post subject: Great TED Talk
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:58 am 
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http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_specter_the_danger_of_science_denial.html

He goes into a discussion about vaccinations and GMO foods...

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 Post subject: Re: Great TED Talk
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I'd be for GMO foods if they were all labelled as such.


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 Post subject: Re: Great TED Talk
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His use of phrases like:"High tech colonialism", is merely a tactic to stop the use of critical thinking.

His Statement: "Science it's a process, sometimes it works some times isn't doesn't." Says it all.

He says: "It's about moving genes around" but this is a great over simplification of what has been proven it the past to be dangerous in some instances.

He nothing more than a bag of hot air.
Probably on the dole from Monsanto.

He so special because he's the only one who want to time machine into the future. :lachmal:

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 Post subject: Re: Great TED Talk
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"In the US, by 2009/2010, 93% of the planted area of soybeans, 93% of cotton, 86% of corn and 95% of the sugar beet were genetically modified varieties.[11][12]"

Like it or not, GMO is here to stay, and that's a good thing. Yes, GMO companies need to be regulated, but being against GMO isn't going to stop those companies from developing GMO foods. We need regulation, not blind denial.

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 Post subject: Re: Great TED Talk
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Fallen_Horse wrote:
but being against GMO isn't going to stop those companies from developing GMO foods. We need regulation, not blind denial.
Europe seems to be doing better then we. What blind denial are you talking about?

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 Post subject: Re: Great TED Talk
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"A 2010 article summarised the results of 49 peer reviewed studies on GM crops worldwide.[43][44] On average, farmers in developed countries experienced increase in yield of 6% and in underdeveloped countries of 29%. Tillage was decreased by 25-58% on herbicide resistant soybeans, insecticide applications on Bt crops were reduced by 14-76% and 72% of farmers worldwide experienced positive economic results."

The fact that every developing economy in the world is going to get their hands on GMO crops if they can, and the fact that GMO crops improve yields and reduce disease, leading to higher output for a cheaper price. Simply put, GMO plants are better than conventional plants, just like hybrid plants have been better than non-hybrids for hundreds of years. And society as a whole will always choose the cheaper, better product. Why are you so resistant?

Again, I'm not saying I like GMO companies, or the lack of GMO labeling on foods. What I'm saying is that we can't ignore the problem just because we have some arbitrary belief. We have to enforce regulation on the emerging GMO industry, or it WILL become something we don't want to deal with.

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