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Genetically Modified food agrument

Over the weekend, I watched in disbelief as two fairly respectable people almost came to blows over this issue. Actually is was the one guy who wanted to punch the other. I understand the basics of the argument, but where the heck does the emotion come from?

Tue. Aug 29, 5:31pm

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People sometimes have to believe in something

People sometimes have to believe in something and some believe that genetically modified food genetically changes them and their body structure. While there is no evidence to prove this theory, some like to believe it. Just like some like to believe in conspiracy theories against them, their beliefs, and/or the rest of the world. This is how extremists are born whether it be about food, organic issues, electricity, etc.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 5:59 PM

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i think like with anything that causes such outbursts of opinion, control is the underlying emotion. some people want to be in control of as many aspects of their lives as possible and what you eat is a major way to exhibit control over your body. without knowing exactly what is contained in the foods you eat, some of that control is sacrificed. this can make people furious. and for some, this issue plays with (or against) mother nature...and we all know "it isn't nice to fool with mother nature." lol

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 9:37 AM

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I think the underlying issue is one of fear. When someone gets hostile, it's usually because their position is threatened - or is PERCEIVED as being threatened. I've had (some) success in the past by saying: "I'm not attacking you, just your argument."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 3:48 PM

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as far as genetically modified food goes - are we referring to labratory tinkering or just selective breeding? i'll eat it either way, but i wonder how people define it. societies have been selectively breeding plants and animals for thousands of years, so i don't see what the big deal is. i went to macchu piccu and saw where the inca started growing corn on the lowest level of the mountain, then graduated the seeds from the most hearty plants up a level each year. the best plants grew several thousand feet higher in elevation than where they're "supposed" to be able to grow. if that's not selective breeding, then what is?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 3:53 PM

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I thought the reference meant inserting genetic material from one kind of organism into another kind of organism which is then caused to reproduce.
I think the emotionalism is from fear of unintended consequences. That's not a completely unreasonable feeling, but some people take it pretty far.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 10:38 PM

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10:38 p.m. Poster -- NOT the same thing -- you are talking about Grafting

The process you are talking about is NOT the same thing as genetically modified food. Grafting, the process you are talking about is the same process that created nectarines -- a combination between peaches and plums.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 11:38 AM

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isn't grafting how seedless fruits are produced? for example, a branch of an orange tree is placed onto an apple tree to grow fruit, but the fruit that grows is seedless. isn't that grafting?

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 6:15 PM

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check this out...

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Friday, September 01, 2006, 9:35 AM

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and grafting...

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Friday, September 01, 2006, 9:35 AM

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