GMO Is Not A 4 Letter Word – The GM Food Debate Continues

Kind of a long read, but I think it’s worth the time invested.
When most if not all consumers hear the term GMO the first picture most see in their mind is (Monsanto) developed crops that are resist being treated with herbicides(roundup) for weed control. The truth is this is a very small segment of GMO crop development and Monsanto is not alone in developing GM crops.

Before you go Postal on me, read the entire posting.
The answer is yes. I will and do buy and plant some GM crops. Corn for one. If Monsanto or others market tomato, squash or cucumber plants that repels or kills tomato horn worms, squash bugs or vine bores, I will most likely buy and plant these GM garden crops.
If they develop a crop that is more cold, heat or drought resistance. The answer is Yes. I will most likely buy, plant, grow and eat those GM crops.

I have said this before and I will repeat myself now. In the late 1940’s and 1950’s I heard the very same arguments being spouted by home gardeners, farmers and consumers fearing the development of Hybrid crops.

The Truth is, Nature has been altering the genetic (DNA) of plants for billions of years. In the 20th and 21st centuries, man has learned how to speed up natures GM plant development. Man can now insert DNA to make a glow in the dark tree. Mmmm Is this a good or bad thing?
Man can now remove undesirable dna or add dna to plants to produce more desirable plants. Larger fruit, sweeter fruit, disease resistant, cold or heat tolerant, plants that are resistance to drought conditions.

Plants (strawberry for one) that bloom and fruit for the entire growing season. Produce larger or miniature fruits (mini watermelons). Man can now add dna to make plants more disease, cold, heat and drought resistant increased nutrition content and crops that stand up better for longer storage and are less damaged during shipping and handling.

In the 1920’s Sorghum (maize) was the first commercially successful hybrid (GMO).
Hint: I won’t play word games with anyone that insist a hybrid plant has not been genetically modified to produce a new different (hybrid) plant.
Hybridizing did not really take off and become excepted by farmers and the public until the years after the end of WWII when there was a world wide food shortage.
As an example 1945 (dry-land) wheat yields of 10-15 bushels an acre was common. Today 2014, (dry-land) wheat yields are typically 30-50 bushels per acre. Irrigated wheat crops may produce in excess of 100 bushels an acre. These yields are a direct result of (GMO) Hybrid developments and better fertilizers and chemical weed control.

Here is a little tid-bit for my Anti-GMO friends. Consider this. Pope Francis gave his personal blessing to Golden Rice, a GMO rice crop. Golden Rice Project
Vitamin A deficiency is responsible for 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness and up to 2 million deaths each year. Particularly susceptible are pregnant women and children. Golden Rice has a High Vitamin A content!

FYI: Flavr Savr (aka CGN-89564-2) tomato developed by Calgene was the first commercial use of genetically modified vegetable(fruit) and was released to commercial tomato growers (farmers) in 1994. Calgene stopped selling Favr Savr seed in 1997. {This GMO tomato has been around for 20 years and to date I have not heard of any tomato eater growing a third eye.}

Whether you approve of or hate GMO’s. The real fact is, if you eat you are consuming GMO products. A large percentage of vegetables, fruits and grains are GMO’s. If you eat any product containing Corn, corn oil/meal/syrup/sweeteners, canola oil, soy beans, soy oil/meal/milk your consuming GMO’s. Most if not all miniature vegetables, mini-melons, many varieties of strawberries have been genetically modified.
Most assuredly wearing or sleeping on cotton products, your using GMO cotton.

Before you attack and beat me-up I do whole heartily believe consumers should have the choice on using or not using GMO’s. However should we not require the same standards of labeling for Hybrid crops?

Mmmmm but that’s the rub of the whole GMO debate. How are processors to segregate GMO’s from Non-GMO’s? Corn and soy beans and rice are commonly harvested and trucked to the processor by custom, contract harvesters. Harvesters and processors have no way to determine if a truck load is GMO or Non-Gmo grain, fruit or vegetables and no way or place to store GMO and Non-GMO crops in segregated facilities.

Businesses that process crops, oil pressers, milling plants(flour and corn meal) etc. commonly receive many tons of grain, fruit or vegetables everyday. A business that processes farm crops has no way to identify a GMO crop from a Non-GMO crop.

If you have a workable, cost effective plan on how to identify and segregate GMO’s from Non-GMO’s. How to label processed foods containing GMO’s and how to label fresh fruits and vegetables as GMO crops. Now is the time to put your plan forward for growers, harvesters and processors evaluation.

For my Monsanto hating friends. There are ‘Many’ businesses such as DOW, DuPont and others as well as businesses that develop and sell crop seed that have in the past and currently are developing new crop seeds that are being developed via Genetic Modification.

That should allow you to expand your hate for the many businesses that through their massive investments on research and plant developments both GMO’s and Non-GMO’s feed the world. They are working along side Americas farmers keeping fresh healthy, cheap food on your kitchen table and keeping your belly full!!

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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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10 responses to “GMO Is Not A 4 Letter Word – The GM Food Debate Continues

  1. The threashold for me, difficul to discern from packaging and marketing of seeds, is whether the cross-pollenation process is between similiar plants. For instance, in past years we have grown gourds, spaghetti squash, and pumpkins near each other. We often toss the surplus fruits to our goats and ducks. Some of those seeds end up in their barn waste, which goes into our garden as compost. Every year some of those cross-pollenated plant grow some odd combinations with gourd-winter squash or spaghetti-pumpkin characteristis. More goat food.

    Thus, this hybrid process can be our willy-nilly methods, or OCD gardeners using paint brushes and paper bags over selected flowers, or genetic splicers incerting DNA into the pollen-seed mix. By your definitaiton this is all GMO, but the later method is just faster and more precise (e.g. selecting specitif plant characterists). However, my concern is when non-plant DNA is mixed into plant seeds. I’m sceptical about what that non-vegetation DNA does to the fruit/vegetable that we eat.
    Oscar

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    • It is very rare for non-similar plants (ie. potato and corn) to cross pollinate even with intervention from man. Gene splicing (genetic modification) is the selection of a trait that you wish to implant in a different species. (ie. inserting tobacco nicotine in to cotton) for insect control. I make no claim of any kind to be a plant expert. Hybridizing and genetic modification technology quickly gets to complicated for me to invest much time or effort to understand.

      In my humble opinion, scientist or plant developers will at some time insert non-plant DNA into plants simply because they can to see the results. But as with most things, follow the money. If that sea octopus (dna) crossed with a rose bush has no market value it will never get out of the lab where it was developed.

      Grin … But that glow in the dark tree developed by a Korean scientist ‘I think’ might some day replace all the worlds street lighting. LOL well something to think about.

      Merry Christmas

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  2. Reblogged this on Flat Creek Rolling and commented:
    This is an interesting read.

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  3. Thought provoking, to say the least. I am disturbed about the superweeds all this work creates. Really, what happens next?
    Don’t think it is possible to avoid GMO in our food supply.
    I do think those gigantic strawberries are awful.

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    • Chemical resistant weeds and insects are a real and growing problem for farmers.
      DOW chemical company has developed a herbicide called Enlist that will kill so called ‘superweeds’ and are in the process of developing crop seed that is tolerant to being sprayed with Enlist, much the same as Monsanto’s ’roundup ready’ crop lineup.
      Sour Strawberries, I have also found at least one variety of giant strawberry in my grocery store that has no sweetness at all and to me it’s taste is very tart ‘sour’.
      Happy Thanksgiving holiday

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      • Hope Enlist stays out of the groundwater!

        Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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        • DOW’s Enlist Duo™ herbicide with Colex-D™ Technology combines glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline to control tough weeds.
          Enlist Is a combination of 2 old time herbicides ‘glyphosate'(Monsanto developed herbicide 1970) the active ingredient in roundup and 2,4-D. 2,4-D is a broad leaf weed killer and has been around for at least 70 years. Colex-D is a DOW developed anti-drift agent to limit chemical drifting at time of application.
          Read more about Enlist at http://www.enlist.com/en

          Happy holiday season

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  4. Genetic modification of plants is as old as Mendel, or older, and it’s really just that our technology has improved. But, that said…I still hate Monsanto, mostly due to issues of accidental crop contamination, seed patents, lawsuits, and their “seed police.” It’s hard to convince people that GMOs aren’t inherently evil when the best-known GMO crop seed developer has such a great PR track record :/

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    • Big Grin … Be assured, I am not defending Monsanto. Monsanto learned the hard way that attacking farmers that had their crops cross pollinated (contaminated) with or by Monsanto developed GM crops was a really bad idea. It took a few years and many legal challenges but Monsanto’s PR people and Legal teams have mostly gone silent on this issue.
      I can’t fault Monsanto and others for defending their investments in GM crops. Many times a business will have mufti-millions of dollars invested in a GM seed or GM crop, but attacking farmers that had their Non-GMO crops contaminated by Monsanto GM crops is not a viable plan.

      Happy thanksgiving

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