If somebody tells you or you read somewhere that there are no studies that prove that GMOs (genetically modified organisms, aka transgenics) are harmful in any way, you can simply reply that there are just no independent studies on GMOs.
That is the truth. Why are there not independent studies? According to F. William Engdahl at Global Research, because they are illegal. Why are they illegal? Because researching them without the approval of the company that owns the patent would be a breach of contract.
And that is: Monsanto and the other GMO mafias (oops, I meant respectful corporations) force any customer who buys their seeds to sign a contract that forbids such research in any form.
So basically they create the little frankestein monsters, "research" them at their labs, correct whatever needs to be corrected, and then send those shiny dossiers claiming high performance and zero damage to governments like yours.
The reality is probably much different but it's illegal to investigate.
Thanks for that snippet of information Maju. My partner and I have an 'organic' kiwifruit orchard, although we've basically inherited it from her parents. I'm far less committed to so-called organic production than they (or her) are but I'm obviously aware of the ideas involved. They're very much convinced of the 'conspiracy' to hide information so they'll be very interested to hear this information you've provided here.
By the conspiracy to hide info do you mean stuff like this? Says something like organic food is no better for health than pesticide treated one (so-called "conventional"), what may be true but is not the real controversy IMO. Organic is better because it does not damage the environment and the risk of poisoning is virtually zero. Additionally yields may be as good or even better, if done properly.
What I was really interested in learning when I was somewhat younger was permaculture: not sure if it works but the very idea of getting the same or greater yields by doing much less work, while at the same time improving the local environment is something that fascinates me. Seems a difficult subject though.
But these issues are to a large extent distinct from the GMOs issue. The main problem with GMOs is that we are totally misinformed, they may be dangerous as food and for contamination of other crops, and that they may be just a scam for farmers: those who choose the GMOs become bound to buy not just the seeds but also the agrciultural products like pesticides from the corporation that persuaded them. It's a great business for Monsanto and co. but probably not so good for the farmers.
Another issue is that by always spraying the same areas with the same product, in the mid-run you get roundup adapted plagues that are not naturally controlled at all (everything else is dead).
Dunno. I'm not into farming (sadly) but the matter is highly controversial. On the other hand organic farming may have its risks.
Personally I don't mind to pay a little more for organic products, usually with better taste and guarantee that they are not full of pesticides or antibiotics (in the case of animal products). But my consumption habits are very inconsistent and depend a lot on the distribution.
Erratum in the this of the first sentence should be this link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8174482.stm.
"What I was really interested in learning when I was somewhat younger was permaculture".
That's pretty much what my In-laws are into.
"By the conspiracy to hide info do you mean stuff like this?"
"But these issues are to a large extent distinct from the GMOs issue".
I agree that the two issues are only distantly connected. However, although opponents of GE are not necessarily supporters of organic methods of food production, most people who advocate organic farming are also opposed to GE.
"It's a great business for Monsanto and co. but probably not so good for the farmers".
I suspect that the main 'conspiracy' is simply the conspiracy to make more money. Your recent troubles you have posted about may, perhaps, be related to this subject.
Unfortunately for the world once someone has developed the desire to become rich there is no consistent point where they become capable of changing their orientation, sometimes to perverse ambitions.
"I'm not into farming (sadly)."
You'll remeber I have tried to explain that this hampers your understanding of how evolution works. Farmers see evolution in action every day.
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