Archive for Genetic modification

Love from the Escapist

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 15/12/2010 by sangomasmith

Moviebob gives us some love.

Note: It took 26 posts before some moron wandered in and pulled out the old ‘monsanto’s making farmers buy terminator crops’ lie, which is probably a new best time for rational responses.

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Yet more debate

Posted in Crop science, media, News-related, rant, Science with tags , , , , , on 17/11/2010 by sangomasmith

It looks like Pharyngula really went to town on the whole GMO debate recently.

Anyway, between the hand-wringing about Monsanto and the evils of industrialised agriculture, there seems to be a need to explain exactly what genetic modification is. I’ll be doing my best to do so for the next while, so hopefully the next time we have this debate we can get beyond the whole ‘they’re going to kill us all with super-weeds/terminator seeds/poison death-plants’ phase and move on to debating the more important stuff.

Wish me luck.

Luddites and laws

Posted in DIY, News-related, politics, rant with tags , , , , , , , , on 14/03/2009 by sangomasmith

The New Scientist recently broke the news that a bit of a furor has erupted over the instant approval of a non-GMO crop with exactly the same genes as a GM crop that’s been in testing for years. Strangely, the fuss is not over whether GMOs are dangerous or not.

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