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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:14 PM

55. maize, corn, has been subjected to thousands of years of forced breeding, cross-breeding, and more

Today's corn has little in common with the early stalks that barely fed our ancestors.

Same goes with animals, fruits, (How DO seedless oranges reproduce, anyway?) and other crops.

The key difference is time. What used to take years, even decades of work to see change and improvement, can be done in one crop, on many different levels, trying hundreds of ideas out at the same time. The speed with which we can change the code of food sources is mind boggling - and therein lies the danger.

A dangerous hybrid would not have reared its ugly head so quickly or easily under older technologies. Today, we can come up with a monster crop without any warning, and quite possibly out of our control.

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