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Response to AxionExcel (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 06:09 PM

8. It's not a GMO, though--it is an herbicide. Some GMOs are created to RESIST the herbicide,

so that it can be used to kill weeds without killing the plant, but not all are.

You can separate the two issues and you should. See, when you conflate, you don't draw more people to support the glyphosate piece, you cause people who don't find GMOs to be the end of the world to tune you out.

Yes, there are GMO crops that are engineered to be GR, but not all are.

GMO doesnít mean glyphosate-resistant

Calling a plant a genetically modified organism means only that Ė its genome has been modified by the activity of humans. But lots of people conflate the idea of a GMO plant with one thatís been created to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, also known by the brand name Roundup. Itís true that the most well-known GMO crops currently grown contain a gene that makes them resistant to glyphosate, which allows farmers to spray the chemical to kill weeds while allowing their crop to grow. But thatís just one example of a gene inserted into a plant.

Itís sensible to evaluate GMOs not on how they are made, but rather on what new traits the modified plants have. For instance, while it can be argued that glyphosate resistance in plants is not good for the environment because of increased use of the pesticide, other GMOs are unlikely to cause this problem.


You don't have to pay attention to this point if you don't want to, but I do believe I'm right on this score. You push as many people away -- if not more -- than you draw in. Broccoli, after all, is a "GMO." GHW Bush may not have liked it, but lots of people do.

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