Thursday, March 15, 2007

Okay, I Concede. GMOs are a Bad Idea. Especially by Monsanto.

Aram has been mocking me for years for my optimism that GMOs could be useful. Well, I formally throw in the towel on this one.

Scientific American is reporting that Monsanto has a GMO corn that causes liver and kidney damage, and that they knew about this and marketed it anyway.

In my defense here, I always said it was a bad idea to trust the company that brought you dioxin and aspartame.


Aram said...

I don't dismiss the technology entirely. My first concern is the scenario where a gene that is built to make something really harmful leaks its genes into other species. My second concern is the possible undiscovered side-effects of eating their products. My third is that I am opposed to patenting living organisms and seeds. I will immediately admit that the first two can happen naturally and not just as result of engineering.

W said...

"...something really harmful leaks its genes into other species," That, my friend, is called a virus.

Humans have cultivated many a delectable treat from previously poisonous, or otherwise inedible, flora. That being said, I shall not be in the front of the line to eat an E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company engineered apple.

rantingnerd said...

Why do you all hate America?