Originally Posted by hendrix
the rest of the shit, fair enough, but what the hell is wrong with genetically modified grain/corn?
I don't want to turn this into a debate, but I don't think it's too far beyond the pale to claim that GM corn engineered to be insect-resistant could possibly be toxic to humans. These GMOs are engineered to express certain types of protein toxins originally from bacteria (e.g. Cry3Bb1 in MON 863's case) - I mean, you're basically consuming corn with pesticide in it, and there's been so little research carried out on them that nobody knows fuck all as to whether they're actually toxic or not. Check out this study, though it was done on rats (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20011136):
Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded.