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This is a discussion on vegetables within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; I think that genetically modified foods are a great mistake. Scientists have genetically modified canola plants to be herbicide resistant ...

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    I think that genetically modified foods are a great mistake. Scientists have genetically modified canola plants to be herbicide resistant so that they can spray for weeds without killing the plants. But what's going to happen when they get cross-pollinated with other plants? The herbicide resistant gene could spread easily.

    I also think it's comical how city folks say "grow a cow" instead of "raise a cow." Just thought I'd mention that.

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    >>I also think it's comical how city folks say "grow a cow" instead of "raise a cow."

    You've got me all wrong. I'm far from "city folk". I said grow on purpose. I was alluding to the manner which some (most?) farmers treat their stock. Killing something and eating it is one thing and is fine IMO. Torturing a creature for the entire duration of its life before a mangled attempt at killing it is not something I'd like to take part in. Unlike some vegetarians, its not a religion to me that I feel obliged to force upon anyone else. I'm happy with my decisions and see nothing wrong with other peoples.

    >>Flounder genes are added to vegies and fruit

    I'd just like to point out that this is not as bad as some people think. Its just genes that are found in flounder. Its not like theres actual fish chunks in yer apple.

    I'm not convinced that enough study has been done on the subject but I'm also not adverse to this kind of experimentation. We're not exactly putting lead in the cayenne here. I'm pretty sure fish genes mixed with my tomatoes isnt going to poison me. Its mainly a media overreaction due to insufficient understanding on their part.
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    I haven't read anything expect the sub, and this looks like a vegetarians' thread!!!!!! wrong place, sorry... i don't belong here
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    it has been scientifically proven that vegetables can fell pain... infact when they have mildew they litteraly shreak in pain...

    not a joke by the way... read up on it

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    >>> Its just genes that are found in flounder.

    Is it not the genes within the flounder that define what a flounder is - i.e. a fish, not a tomato?

    >>> I'm also not adverse to this kind of experimentation.

    I am not opposed to experimentation at all. What concerns me, is the rampant, profit lead race to get these things into peoples fields before the possibilities of crosspollination causes the new genes to "escape" into the feral population. There are several documented cases where this has been shown to have happened.

    The fish gene is not IMHO the big problem, (unless fruit and things start tasting like fish - OMG!), but the herbicide resistance and the "suicide" genes, amongst others, worry me.
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    Am I the only vegetarian here?

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    "it has been scientifically proven that vegetables can fell pain... "

    ..... i think not. I know what you are talking about, but it does not in any shape or form prove that plants "feel" pain.

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    >>Is it not the genes within the flounder that define what a flounder is - i.e. a fish, not a tomato?

    It is. But in this instance only a single gene is used. The same gene can be found in many sources. It is only the combination of multiple genes that causes any recognisable form.


    >>new genes to "escape" into the feral population. There are several documented cases

    Yes, I've read about these and I am a little uneasy about that. There are however "backups" if you will or genetic origionals stored in vaults across the world (theres a very large on in asia somewhere I believe). This kind of thing ensures that in the possible event of something going horribly wrong such as the "suicide" gene becoming rampant and destroying whole species, the species could be recovered from the genetic origional.

    Humans have been crossing plants since recorded history. Its only recently that we've been able to speed up and greatly increase the accuracy and precision of this process. Since most of the GM foods are essentially just 'cross bred' with other plants of a simular nature, we're only seeing something that we've done 10000 times before, done with a more exact tool.

    I'm not 100% pro-GM, as I'm slightly skeptical by nature of anything anybody tries to push on me (ulterior motives are common place in business) but the science of it seems harmles enough. As I said before, its mainly just an advanced tool for a very old job.
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    YUm - Tomacco.....

    Anyways - I'm curious - have there been any recorded incidents of GM crops turning out really bad and causing cancer or something like that? That's one of the common arguments against it I hear (probably because "It'll give you cancer" is the warcry against most technological improvements that change everyday things), but I've never heard of it actually happening....

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    "it has been scientifically proven that vegetables can fell pain... "

    ..... i think not. I know what you are talking about, but it does not in any shape or form prove that plants "feel" pain.
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    Something startling has been discovered by Dr. Bill Williams, a botanist at The Helvetica Institute. If his preliminary findings turn out to be true, they will prove that killing plants for food is no less cruel than killing animals for food. "Plants are aware," says Dr. Williams, "and they feel pain!"
    Dr. Williams, and his team were doing experiments on talking to plants. He had set out to prove that this helped them only because it blows carbon dioxide over their leaves. He had one team speak lovingly to the plants, and another threaten and verbally abuse them. To the surprise of all involved, the plants that were lovingly spoken to thrived, producing large, lovely flowers. Their growth rates were off the charts! The plants that were verbally abused and threatened never bloomed. Some even withered and died.
    His team then connected EEG electrodes to several plants, and measured their responses to various stimuli. "They definitely felt it when we pricked them with needles. One of my staff even burned one with a lighter. Not only did it's EEG go off the charts, but so did every plant in the same room!"
    Dr. Williams is submitting his findings to other scientists for further review. He told me that plants not only seem to be aware and to feel pain, it looks like they can even communicate. They may even be sentient beings. He told me, "I hadn't thought of it until now, but how does a fruit tree know how to make a sweet attractive fruit that animals will eat when it drops off, and spread the seeds? How do flowers know how to attract bees with sweet, fragrant nectar, and get their pollen spread about, assuring a next generation? They may be doing this consciously!"
    source: cnn archives

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    >>YUm - Tomacco.....

    That was plutonium, jackass!


    >>Anyways - I'm curious - have there been any recorded incidents of GM crops turning out really bad and causing cancer or something like that? That's one of the common arguments against it I hear (probably because "It'll give you cancer" is the warcry against most technological improvements that change everyday things), but I've never heard of it actually happening....<<

    Well duh, everything gives you cancer...according to my mom, it's the microwave, cell phones, fruits that aren't washed thoroughly, GM crops, etc...but of course she also believed it when her friend told her that sucking on straws gives you wrinkles "But they use the same sucking motion!" "Uh sure mom, whatever you say...just by the by, have you ever heard of 'elastin'? Just wondering"

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    Listen up brothers and sisters
    come hear my desperate tale
    I speak of our friends of nature trapped in the dirt like a jail
    vegetables live in oppresion served on our tables each night
    this killing of veggies is madness I say we take up the fight

    (chorus)
    Salads are only for murderers
    coleslaws a facist regime
    Don't think that they don't have fealings
    just cause a radish can't scream

    I've heard the screams of the vegetables (screams, screams, screams)
    Watching their skins being pealed (having their insides revealed)
    Grated and steamed with no mercy (burning off calories)
    How do you think that feels? (that it hurts really bad)

    Carrot Juice constitutes murder (cause thats all it is)
    Green House is a prison for slaves (let my vegetables go)
    Its time to stop all this gardening (it's dirty as hell)
    lets call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade is a spade)

    (/chorus)

    I saw a man eating celery so I beat him black and blue
    If he ever touches a sprout again I'll bite him clean in two
    I'm a political prisoner trapped in a windowless cage
    Cause I stopped the slaughter of turnips by killing five men in a rage
    I told the judge when he sentenced me this is my finest hour
    I'd kill those farmers again just to save one more cauliflower

    (chorus again)

    How low do people believe theres a stew making young brocili bleed in the soup
    (can't quite remember the above line)
    Untie your beans,unpave your tomato, let potted plants free, don't mash that potato oh oh

    (chorus again)
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    "wanna bet? "

    Ok

    "If his preliminary findings turn out to be true,"

    hmm, looks like i've already won.

    Anyway, a single crack-pot does not constitude scientific proof. The fact is that you inherantly CANNOT prove, or even find out, whether or not any organisms "feel" anything. You can show that they react to a given stimulus, you can show the mechanism by which they do so, but at present that's about it.

    The fact that plants don't really have a nervous system, and lack a brain, means that most scientists consider the idea of plants "feeling" anything to be fairly preposterous.

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    >>Since most of the GM foods are essentially just 'cross bred' with other plants of a simular nature, we're only seeing something that we've done 10000 times before, done with a more exact tool.

    I'll have to watch out for that Flounder doing rude things to the strawberries in my vegi patch. Or the bottle of pesticide with my Canola (as it was known Rape seed).

    Basically genes are codes to make protiens. There is a risk that the new combination of protiens will be harmful. More likely is allergic reactions, which can prove to be fatal.

    As said before the problem is not with the GM idea, but the lack of control in testing and of information to the consumer.

    I just want the choice to buy/eat these GM foods or not.
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