or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel › Why do people hate genetically modified food?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Why do people hate genetically modified food? - Page 5

post #61 of 74
[dbl post]
post #62 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

What's wrong with eating corn, soy or wheat?

Corn Syrup....and I would guess that a lot of the soy and wheat goes in as fillers to bulk up your frozen dinners (or to make soy-"chicken" nuggets for trendy vegans who don't like vegetables)
post #63 of 74
For example... why the "roasted almonds" i bought without looking closely at the ingredients (officially described as "100% all-natural dry roasted almond" came coated thickly in a mess that contains:

Maltodextrin, Salt, Modified Potato Starch, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika, Onion Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavor, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup Solids

ffffuuuu.gif
post #64 of 74
foodguy is killing it in this thread. Good stuff.

Quote:
Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

as matt pointed out, that is not an inconsiderable benefit.
again, though, it's complicated (that ought to be my middle name). because the vast majority (almost all) of the gmo crops grown in the us are, arguably, things we shouldn't be eating more of anyway -- corn, soy and wheat.

Of course, industry has focused their GMO efforts on those crops because doing genetics work is expensive and those are the biggest crops out there.

Food policy is interesting.
post #65 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

http://www.goldenrice.org/

Yep.
post #66 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by suited View Post

Movements to:

1) require establishments to list caloric content
2) more stringent labeling requirements on supermarket products
3) ban trans fats

The health of the vast majority would be greatly improved if they picked healthier foods from the current selection, without any modification to labeling or the removal of ingredients, (the vast majority is eating a lot of processed food and fast food) and exercised on a regular basis. I sincerely wonder how much of this is a subconscious attempt to alleviate responsibility from the individual and pretend that outside forces are somehow preventing them from leading a healthier lifestyle.

nod[1].gif
post #67 of 74
^^Labeling however, is a farce, frankly... the additives that can be covered up, legally, by the use of the term "natural flavoring" is just one example.

And now the dairy lobby is trying to pass a statute that will allow them to put artificial sweeteners in MILK and not put them on the label. And the reason given in the proposal is "because doing so will hurt sales, consumers have shown they won't buy if they see 'aspartame' on the label."

But since they are "trying to fight obesity" they feel their cause is just.

The docket "to change the standard definition of milk": http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2009-P-0147-0012



ffffuuuu.gif
post #68 of 74
wait.. they aren't allowed to add real sugar to milk now are they?
post #69 of 74
Flavored milk.
post #70 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by otc View Post

For the record, I dislike monsanto more for their legal practices than the fact that they are using science on food.

Going after farmers for doing completely normal things like reserving some of their harvest to replant instead of buying more seeds is bull shit. That's what farmers do and if you didn't want to deal with the fact that most seeds grow to produce more seeds...maybe you shouldn't have gotten into the seed-selling business. Ditto for suing farmers who never bought monsanto seeds but end up with roundup-ready crops after enough cross pollination with their neighbors who did buy monsanto.

Also, the Bee thing is scary.

Oh, Monsanto is evil. But I got into it once with an anti-GMO moron once- his argument didn't have much to do with GMO foods at all, he just kept coming back to "Monsanto is evil". Which I don't disagree with, but it has absolutely no bearing on the nature of GMO food or whether it's safe to eat. He wanted to hurt Monsanto, whatever it took, regardless of the fact that his proposed policies would hurt a lot of other people as well.

Though I still get a laugh of one of the bits I heard from somebody else during that discussion- that the DNA segments that were modified would break free and contaminate human DNA. Seriously? Folks, once it hits your stomach, the acid is gonna pretty well take care of it. Also, WTF?
post #71 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

^^Labeling however, is a farce, frankly... the additives that can be covered up, legally, by the use of the term "natural flavoring" is just one example.

If anybody is wondering about this, "natural flavor" and "artificial flavor" are often the exact same chemicals- it's just a matter of whether that strawberry flavor's source material came from corn "natural" or was straight up synthesized in a lab somewhere.

Also, 100% Juice usually means apple juice with flavoring added. "Real fruit" often involves apple chunks with flavor added to make them taste like whatever fruit they're pretending to be.
post #72 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Oh, Monsanto is evil. But I got into it once with an anti-GMO moron once- his argument didn't have much to do with GMO foods at all, he just kept coming back to "Monsanto is evil". Which I don't disagree with, but it has absolutely no bearing on the nature of GMO food or whether it's safe to eat. He wanted to hurt Monsanto, whatever it took, regardless of the fact that his proposed policies would hurt a lot of other people as well.
i moderated a panel several years ago that included a husband and wife team -- he's the head of the UCDavis organic gardening program and she's a leading GMO researcher. There is hope.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

If anybody is wondering about this, "natural flavor" and "artificial flavor" are often the exact same chemicals- it's just a matter of whether that strawberry flavor's source material came from corn "natural" or was straight up synthesized in a lab somewhere.

there is a similar situation in organic and conventional pesticides and fertilizers, where the exact same chemical compound can be either organic or forbidden depending upon how it is derived.
post #73 of 74
Quote:
Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

If anybody is wondering about this, "natural flavor" and "artificial flavor" are often the exact same chemicals- it's just a matter of whether that strawberry flavor's source material came from corn "natural" or was straight up synthesized in a lab somewhere.

Also, 100% Juice usually means apple juice with flavoring added. "Real fruit" often involves apple chunks with flavor added to make them taste like whatever fruit they're pretending to be.
There are a whole host of additives that fall in this category (natural flavoring) that have nothing to do with the food in question, for example, castoreum. Used to mutate strawberry etc. which comes fom beaver glands.

Now, I am not saying it's healthy or unhealthy. Point is, it is invisible to he consumer. No truth in advertising.
post #74 of 74

They are ignorant and afraid of something unknown. Genetically modified foods are just as safe if not more safe than conventionally raised or organic foods.  There is no DNA left from the organism that was spliced and if there were trace amounts it would pass through the digestive tract, doing no harm.  Those 10 reasons are complete bogus.  It would help end world hunger if everyone would quit complaining.  These organic snobs are taking up valuable land.

 

Also Monsanto made incredible breakthroughs and almost went broke in the process, although that is no excuse for their behavior now.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel › Why do people hate genetically modified food?