GMOs and creating a link to paste on FB. thanks TA!
we all know FB sucks for discussion, so am foruming this instead.
Honestly can't see the relationship between the post and the source provided. There are few (if any) evils in modern agriculture that are specific to genetically modified crops. Examine any evil, and in reality it's an issue for conventional agriculture generally. Indeed, some of these evils are actually reduced by GMO plantations.
People complain about the amount of pesticides/herbicides being used on GMO crops without really comparing it to what was being used prior. Now, *volume* measurements are a blunt instrument (more on that below), but even if you compare the amount of agricultural poisons being dumped on produce prior to GMO, there's a pretty stark difference (and it's the opposite of what people assume).
Ignoring the blunt instruments for a moment, the more important consideration is the type of poison we're talking about. And let's be honest, when discussing GMOs we're all really talking about Roundup.
The relative danger of substances are graded by the "median lethal dose" rating, or LD50. Essentially it's the amount of the substance per kilo, that kills 50% of the tested subjects. For some reason we mostly use mice, despite there being plenty of Drum 'n Bass or Breaks enthusiasts available to help advance scientific discovery.
Sources are all below, but essentially the LD50 factor of glyphosate is *huge*. Drinking a little of it might make DnB dude really sick, but if he kept ingesting, he'd fair better in the long run than if he was shovelling mouthfuls of sodium chloride.
But let's not pretend Roundup is a panacea. The amount needed is increasing exponentially; for some reason Evil Nature just won't give up! Damn you, natural world! If only there was a commitment to producing better, safer, cheaper alternatives? But not from those despicable biotechnology companies. Why don't we all use copper sulphate instead? I mean sure, it's more poisonous to humans, the environment and less effective generally, but it's fucking *organic*, bitches!
In my (thoroughly armchair quarterback) opinion, the environmental impacts of conventional agriculture can and should be improved. But I don't see why we can't mix-and-match different processes to get the best results. What's wrong with an organic focus on soil health combined with artificially-improved seed?