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Genetically Modified Food

  1. Nov 13, 2004 #1
    Does anyone know where I can find information on Genetically Modified Food? Preferably information that presents biological explanations such as - the pesticides react with certain cells causing damage because of...

    Also, I'm interested in opinions on this issue. Should we use any Genetically Modified Food?
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2004 #2
    Should we use it? we are allready eating gm food.
    In N.America unlike in Europe people will buy into gm food because it is cheap,who cares about some genes to average uneducated Joe.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2004 #3

    russ_watters

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    Explanations of what? That sentence doesn't make any sense.
    It is the overwealming opinion of the scientific community that GM food is a good thing. It must be pointed out that virtually all of the food you eat has been genetically modified in some way, even if only through hybridization - and a significant percentage (upwards of half, depending on what you eat), contains directly genetically altered ingredients.

    For info, you can Google, but I strongly caution you to consider the source of what you read. There is an extrordinary amount of false information being spread on the subject by devious "environmentalists."

    THIS link contains a lot of facts, but no opinions on safety and is good for just getting some history on the subject.
     
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  5. Nov 13, 2004 #4

    iansmith

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    Hope this is what you want.

    The pesticide introduce into GMO is called Bt and it is protein produced by a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. The gene encoding the toxin is called cry and this gene was inserted into plant genome.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bt

    Fact sheet about Bt

    Facts about Bacillus thuringiensis
    http://helios.bto.ed.ac.uk/bto/microbes/bt.htm

    http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/pathogens/bacteria.html
     
  6. Nov 13, 2004 #5
    Thanks to everyone. Basically anything on the topic is helpful.

    To Russ: Sorry about the poor explanation. I was saying I was looking for what causes GMF to be bad or good in certain instances. For a hypothetical example: Chemical B is bad and should be banned because in humans with O blood type it causes the dominant Rh+ to become - resulting in death because of reasons....
    - An unlogical situation, but an example.

    Basically I'm looking for biological logic to back up arguements. Most sites just say something is wrong because of health affects, not why those health affects are caused.
     
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