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post #16 of 25
You might not have used the word "bad" but the whole post has the underlying implication "let us know if your food is GM'd" which implies it's important. Listing a couple of their cons without the pros would come under propaganda, which in this case is definitely negative. Thus, the word "bad" was implied. Whether you specifically spoke it is irrelevant. You're still yet to actually give any real reason besides "theres one plant that kills bugs who eat it" as to why it matters in the slightest as to whether something has been genetically modified in a lab or through years of selective breeding. The effect is exactly the same. If it's been tested to be environmentally friendly and safe for consumption then the only thing you're really reacting to is an irrational gut feeling. There's nothing wrong with that but by spreading and arguing this "gut feeling" is basically fear mongering.
post #17 of 25
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I have stated all facts. If you feel GMOs are not an issue for you, power to you. But keep in mind that 9 out of 10 Americans are actually opposed to unlabeled GMOs (pew research poll). This thread is not even endorsing or apposing GMOs, it’s merely acknowledging and identifying them….

post #18 of 25
Polls are absolutely meaningless. A bafflingly huge amount of people belive Elvis is alive and the US government is conspiring with extraterrestrials. Keep in mind as well that you're on the internet which is an international public forum and only about 1 in 22 people on earth are american.

Public opinion on most topics is more influenced by television and movies than any actual science and thought. Most people's (especially american's) "knowledge" on most subjects is limited to what televisoon and movies teach them. Most people also think cloning is bad because "there was that one movie where they cloned that guy and..." yet don't even know what the real life process of cloning entails. In that same breath most people hear the words "genetically modified organism" and because it sounds bad to their ears they envision the Alien Resurrection movie and plants with teeth and poisonous goo and blah blah. In reality genetically modified organisms are 99% of the time simply taste palate changes (for the better), vitamin/mineral enrichments (for the better) or plants requiring less nourishment to produce harvestable, hardy crops.
post #19 of 25
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In many other places people do have the right to know what’s in their food, but not in America (yet).

 

People in Europe for example can just go to the store and make their own choices. People in America want to have that same right.

 

This information merely lets people choose.

post #20 of 25

I'm Australian and I spent 3 years of my life in America. I can say that both countries have their positives and negatives in the food labeling department.

 

I think a more important issue for food labeling in America is the "rounded off effect" which is where your food authority allows rounding off of nutritional numbers on labels. This includes calories, saturated fat, trans fat, protein, fibre, etc. The problem comes in where everything is rounding off as far as they can. If you count your macronutrients (like me) you might end up being off by 10g or more of fat, be off in calories by several hundred or be ingesting a significant amount of trans fatty acids because they're them rounding down. They round up the good (fibre, protein) and down the bad (saturated fat, trans fat, calories). Here in Australia they are forced to note [i]exactly[/i] how much of all macronutrients are in food down to the first decimal place.

post #21 of 25
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Cool, that’s pretty interesting.

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by VeryAnnoyedPers View Post

In reality genetically modified organisms are 99% of the time simply taste palate changes (for the better), vitamin/mineral enrichments (for the better) or plants requiring less nourishment to produce harvestable, hardy crops.

 

This fact is perhaps most profound…..

There are only two GMO food traits on the market:

#1 BT toxin expression---- food becomes living pesticide

#2 herbicyde resistant---- spray food with stuff that would otherwise kill it due to how toxic it is I.E. Roundup, Dicamba, 2,4-D (primary component Agent Orange)

 

It may seem strange that there aren’t GMOs that make food taste better, but when you think about it, what tastes better than food? Bacteria, viruses, or herbicides?

post #23 of 25

http://www.thenation.com/blog/176863/twenty-six-countries-ban-gmos-why-wont-us# Twenty six countries have banned GMOs and we still don't have labeling of GMOs in the USA. Consumers should be allowed to decide for themselves.

post #24 of 25
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This is what is on half of all US corn (herbicide resistant GMO strain). Interesting…

post #25 of 25
4characters, you really are an idiot.
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