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17. Labeling is just fine with me.
Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:05 PM
Mar 2015

What's not fine with me is the persistent campaign to ban all GMO agriculture. I think everything should be labeled accurately. As for myself, a GMO label on a food product would not influence my decision to purchase in any way.

You may not be saying that genetic modification of food products should be banned, but others certainly are. I'd be fine with banning glyphosate use in agriculture, though. It's used because it's a cheaper way to kill weeds. Other methods are more costly and labor intensive. I don't have a problem with spending more for food if it creates jobs.

Again, though, it's not genetic modification that is the actual problem. It's the reason for the modification that is the potential problem. With glyphosate tolerance, the reason is unnecessary. Other means of weed control are available. Is glyphosate hazardous to humans in the minuscule quantities in our food? I don't know, to tell you the truth. But then, lots of things are hazardous in food, including some of the chemicals that naturally occur in some of the foods we eat.

As far as glyphosate is concerned, I'm more worried about its unregulated use by retail consumers. They tend to overuse the product in places where it can easily be washed into our lakes and rivers. Now, that worries me a lot. But that has nothing to do with genetic modification of food organizms. Nothing at all.

GMO foods do not cause cancer. Glyphosate, on the other hand, just might. Let's focus on the real cause.

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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