Mar. 18th, 2007

[identity profile] ikkeikke.livejournal.com
I know no one's going to read this whole thing but me, but at least read the paragraphs I cut for you. 'Cause this is a mostly uncritical story, and those are some troubling numbers.

Notes on the following article:
  1. Who could POSSIBLY foreseen the release of unapproved genes, except, I don't know, EVERYONE? (Except the people producing and regulating it, of course.)

  2. I love how there is no discussion of the fact that there's been very little study of the effects of GMOs - USDA said that they were the same as natural plants, no need to test, so most of this stuff hasn't been tested at all. Most of it's probably fine, but they have been crossing species, and gene splicing is a sort of haphazard process, so who knows what you're eating? Human genes? Could be, Ag doesn't care and no one's required to tell you what they're putting in there, it's proprietary.

  3. Seriously, they couldn't mention the stranglehold this gives biotech companies over farmers? Or possible risks to human health? There is not one single thing they could think to say except opposition to GMOs is trade protectionism or hippie bullshit with no actual substance behind it? What is this, Faux News?

Rice Industry Troubled by Genetic Contamination
Oh, look, problems in another sector of GM agribusiness )

Eleven years after the first gene-altered crops got the go-ahead for U.S. planting, biotech acreage is at a record high. Almost 90 percent of U.S. soy and corn, as well as about 60 percent of U.S. cotton, is spiked with genes from other organisms, mostly to confer resistance to insects and to make the crops immune to weed-killing chemicals.

Yet some of those genes have spread to weeds, making them tougher to control. Biotech crops approved only as animal feed have found their way into human food. And plants engineered to make medicines in their tissues have escaped from their test plots.

"Something's not working," said Al Montna, who grows 2,500 acres of rice in California. "Something's got to change."

Some farmers are pointing fingers at biotech-seed producers, whose carelessness, they say, has allowed experimental DNA to drift into commercial varieties, transforming U.S. rice into a global pariah and sending the industry into its biggest crisis in memory.

Others are fed up with the Agriculture Department, which in the past six months has been scolded in three federal courts for not keeping adequate tabs on the burgeoning business of genetically engineered crops.Read more... )

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