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9 Responses to “GMO Labeling”

  1. MidlifeNocrisis says:

    I need to research this a little more, but off the top of my head I’m going to have to say this is biased and a little misleading. Depends on the definition of GMO that is used. Humans have been genetically modifying foods since prehistoric times including maize (corn), wheat, grapes, and various meat animals, just to name a few.

    There is likely not a single food item that has not already been genetically altered by human intervention at some point in time. I do recognize that methods of bio-engineering are more advanced now than in the past.

  2. Frilton Miedman says:

    Welp, problem solved, we don’t have to know what we’re eating, just shut up and eat it.

    The ulterior premise of the video is to illustrate how powerful money is in brainwashing the masses, I remember this vote, I was baffled.

    Only months before it went to ballot, the vast majority favored transparency in food labeling, a few dozen million dollars in public brainwashing later, “Screw it, feed me dog shit, just don’t tell me what it is”.

    Recalling Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and a horrified Roosevelt’s reaction, history, doomed to repeat…if…Gawd, I forget the rest.

  3. eideard says:

    That “The Jungle” had nothing to do with genes is irrelevant, I guess.

  4. Frilton Miedman says:

    “Screw it, feed me dog shit, just don’t tell me what it is.”

  5. GeorgeMB says:

    I live in California, I read the proposition carefully, and what this clevaer little video of egregious bias fails to say is that the real reason the proposition lost was because it was so badly written. Many obvious GMO products that should have been covered were not, while some ordinary dog food products were included. Great intentions, extremely poor execution. In fact, downright sloppy.

    Three Nobel prize technologists and a host of other legitimate environmentalists and proponents of GMO food labeling (done right, that is) said the proposition was worse than have no law at all, which once again reminds us that just because a proposition or law has a grand name promising a wonderful outcome doesn’t guarantee it will be so. And bad laws mean that good law is pre-empted.

    I’m disappointed that Ritholtz let this one-sided piec of crap take up space. It is anything but the “Big Picture”.

  6. whskyjack says:

    That was a rather ignorant video.
    There is no such thing as gmo corn for resistence to 24D. 24D controls broadleaf weeds, corn is a grass. 24D has been used on corn forever.

    The nasty stuff in agent orange isn’t 24D but 245T which iirc is current banned.
    24D is the active ingredient in Weed be Gon. That damn near all of us put on our front yards at one time or another.

  7. yo jack,

    jus’ because ‘Everybody’s doin’ it’, don’t make it Right..’

    to say nothing, of course, of that being a, fundamentally, Poor Argument.

    care to See, some of..

    “…As another example, in vitro studies confirmed that 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), a commonly used organophosphate herbicide promoting the proliferation of androgen-sensitive cells [171], is a known estrogen receptor ligand [172]…”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3138025/

    and, other links, with the Paper, for starters..

    Suborganismic and organismic effects of aldicarb and its metabolite aldicarb-sulfoxide to the zebrafish embryo (Danio rerio). [Chemosphere. 2007]
    Sperm chromatin alteration and DNA damage by methyl-parathion, chlorpyrifos and diazinon and their oxon metabolites in human spermatozoa. [Reprod Toxicol. 2008]
    Effects of 2,4-D and DCP on the DHT-induced androgenic action in human prostate cancer cells. [Toxicol Sci. 2005]
    The estrogen receptor relative binding affinities of 188 natural and xenochemicals: structural diversity of ligands. [Toxicol Sci. 2000]
    Environmental hormone disruptors: evidence that vinclozolin developmental toxicity is mediated by antiandrogenic metabolites.
    Kelce WR, Monosson E, Gamcsik MP, Laws SC, Gray LE Jr
    Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 1994 Jun; 126(2):276-85.

    Paper linked to in Cite 172, above..
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10746941

  8. genesis315 says:

    Food is what sustains and heals our bodies which are insanely complex, the food is insanely complex as well and we are light years away from understanding either fully…..we are doing it wrong if we think the only way to produce food is by surrounding them with poisons.

    Insanely great tasting food is produced by people who keep it simple, get the hell out of the way, and let the plants and soil do what they do best. Zero state of the art technology required.

  9. Frilton Miedman says:

    Interesting thought -

    Pellagra.

    Roughly 100 years ago there was an outbreak of Pellagra that killed tens of thousands & was thought to be a microbial illness.

    Dr. Joseph Goldberger discovered that it was Niacin deficiency from a new grain processing technique that leached niacin from food.

    If a new genetic process that yields juicier steaks, chicken breast & pork chops & consumes far less feed grain but also happens to yield a meat with lower specific amino acids, we could easily see a similar mass outbreak.

    There are no FDA requirements to list Amino content on meat packaging…hell, if the Neo-Con movement persists, there may be no FDA at all.