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Posted by Chimel on 12 Jun 2014 at 22:18 GMT

I agree totally, I just wish there were more public domain GMOs developed in ag schools. Until the politicians themselves invest in GMOs with more education budget, GMOs will keep being the domain of corporations like Monsanto who can dictate their own conditions and are in it just for the money, not to "feed the world."

You can't also be naive and stick to the crop's modified genes: A crop that tolerates herbicide is engineered to be used with a specific herbicide. Glyphosate and glufosinate may be less toxic than the herbicides they replaced, but in practice, it means that we have been using mostly glyphosate, which increased concentration of it in ground water (and breast milk, apparently,) gave rise to herbicide-tolerant "superweeds" and other consequences. So it is a complex issue, these side concerns can't really be left out of the debate if for instance, there are no other choices but Monsanto and a couple of other biotech giants and no public domain GM seeds, or if Roundup Ready and LibertyLink GMOs are the only herbicide-tolerant GMOs, which happen to be resistant to the herbicides manufactured by the same biotech companies. A commercial monopoly will not help with the acceptance of GMOs.

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