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13. Did I say anything different from that?
Tue Mar 24, 2015, 11:42 AM
Mar 2015

Yes, certain crops have been modified to allow glyphosate to be used as a weed control product. If we changed weed control strategies so that glyphosate wasn't the method, there would be no need for modification for that purpose. It is the glyphosate that is the problem.

Other genetic modifications have other reasons, for example to make produce larger, more resistant to rotting, to increase yield, to increase protein or other nutrient levels, to better resist drought or insect pests. As you say, each needs to be tested for safety.

In this case, however, it is the glyphosate that is the health risk, not the modified agricultural product. Stop using glyphosate and there's no reason for that modification in the first place. Return to other cultivation methods for weed control.

It is not genetic modification that is the problem. It's the reason for the modification that is the problem. Simply being opposed to genetic modification is not the answer. Many genetic modifications have produced outstanding results with zero risks to consumers. But, if you planted this glyphosate ready GMO corn, but never used any glyphosate, the corn itself would be just fine. It's corn. It is the glyphosate that is the problem and is the source of the risk.

If glyphosate is the problem, then ban glyphosate. Don't ban an entire scientific process.

GMO Weed Killerís Cancer Risk [View all] villager Mar 2015 OP
Be aware. Questioning GMOs gets you labeled "anti-science" at DU. immoderate Mar 2015 #1
It's all part of their "corporate woo" way of "discussing." Note the posts conflating anti-GMO villager Mar 2015 #2
The corporate model is a major issue, downplayed quite a bit. immoderate Mar 2015 #4
Forget GMOs Glyphosate is overused by homeowners around their yards and yours TexasProgresive Mar 2015 #3
There are definitely "superweeds" that have responded to glyphosate. HuckleB Mar 2015 #6
Some context to the matter. HuckleB Mar 2015 #5
Not to worry RobertEarl Mar 2015 #7
Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #8
Oh, you're bound to be hearing from the Monsanto apologists any moment now... villager Mar 2015 #9
Good News: Salvadorean farmers aren't buying into the over hyped promisses of the GMO peddlars JohnyCanuck Mar 2015 #10
"Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the villager Mar 2015 #14
GMO is not the problem. Herbicides are the problem. MineralMan Mar 2015 #11
There is no point to GMO's designed to be resistant to glyphosphate without glyphosphate. pnwmom Mar 2015 #12
Did I say anything different from that? MineralMan Mar 2015 #13
When did I say we should ban GMO's? I've called for labeling, so people who are interested pnwmom Mar 2015 #16
Labeling is just fine with me. MineralMan Mar 2015 #17
It is a mistake to study glyphosate without the adjuvants in Round Up GreatGazoo Mar 2015 #15
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