The fascinating early history of corn

Genetic modification of corn goes back a very long time...

From the New York Times:


  1. You muddy the waters by calling this "genetic modification".

    Traditional crop breeding/improvement has virtually none of the downsides of GMOs.
    Of course it could be argued that there are benefits to GMOs. Just don't call it all genetic modification.

    Below from Human Genome Project Information

    * Safety
    o Potential human health impacts, including allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance
    o Potential environmental impacts, including: unintended transfer of transgenes through cross-pollination, unknown effects on other organisms (e.g., soil microbes), and loss of flora and fauna biodiversity
    * Access and Intellectual Property
    o Domination of world food production by a few companies
    o Increasing dependence on industrialized nations by developing countries
    o Biopiracy, or foreign exploitation of natural resources
    * Ethics
    o Violation of natural organisms' intrinsic values
    o Tampering with nature by mixing genes among species
    o Objections to consuming animal genes in plants and vice versa
    o Stress for animal
    * Labeling
    o Not mandatory in some countries (e.g., United States)
    o Mixing GM crops with non-GM products confounds labeling attempts
    * Society
    o New advances may be skewed to interests of rich countries


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