May 10, 2014
Fear of Frankenfoods
Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 10, 2014 7:53 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
Very nice, Gerard. Didn't know you were a shill for Monsanto.
Studies done on animals fed GMO feed show no problems in the first generation. By the third generation the animals were completely infertile.
As for my honey bees, they won't touch a GMO plant unless there is no other feed source available. When they do feed on a GMO nectar source (especially the BT resistant varieties), their intestinal tract gets glommed up. While it doesn't kill them immediately, it diminishes honey production and shortens their lifespan.
My position on GMO, based on the first point above, is that if you are ignorant enough to eat GMO food then you probably shouldn't be procreating anyway.
Posted by: edaddy at May 10, 2014 8:57 AM
Agreed edaddy, we're like your honey bees around here - only if there is no other choice, but there usually is.
Vermont should make a law that permits people to blink their eyes 11 times per minute.
Posted by: ghostsniper at May 10, 2014 10:44 AM
edaddy: we should all follow the laws of The State, in this case Vermont. They know what's best for us. I think there might be some laws and regulations about farmers' markets and home-grown foods and un-pasteurized milk and organic gardening, but these are mere technicalities that can easily be complied with. I await the day when The State starts dispensing food; that way I will know what to eat and what not to eat.
Whenever nine out of ten experts agree we can feel safe.
Posted by: chasmatic at May 10, 2014 10:50 AM
If the big boys were to let the market work, then there would be no GMO produce because there would be no demand for it.
Fellas, unlike many of my of my fellow farmers I prefer the Man keep raw milk, etc. illegal. As soon as they they legalize it everyone will get in the game and I won't be able to sell raw goats milk for $16 a gallon like I do now. :-)
Posted by: edaddy at May 10, 2014 11:21 AM
edaddy, Vermont has been highly successful in legislating many areas heretofore left alone. For instance, Vermont has removed many businesses from the state by driving them across the river to NH.
Several Legislators developed a brilliant idea to drop the sales tax on the eastern border counties to compete with NH's lack of a sales tax. For some reason other elected officials didn't go along; no foresight I guess.
Vermont managed under the Progressives to cultivate an auspicious heroin program covering the state. This has to be the envy of every other New England State.
Vermont's single payer health care program is broke, busted. They need $1.6billion to fund it in a state with a population of 620,000. Fat chance of that happening. Dr Dynasaur dental, samo-samo- for the kiddies. Maybe Gov. Dean shouldn't have squandered that money blowing up those ledges back in the '90's.
The State screwed the small dairy farms, got rid of the small co-ops, rapped the transportation fund for social engineering programs, got rid on the nuke plant, went into the 'green' energy, sold the Green Mountain Power Company to Canada and generally acted like Obama's accountant.
I was a native Vermonter, a real Woodchuck. I farmed, worked other jobs, have a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Botany. I got out in 2009. I love the state and hate what it has become.
The idiots of 'Rural Vermont' are a bunch of Luddites.
Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 10, 2014 12:28 PM
Well, is that the "around Winooski" rural. or "around Manchester" rural?
North/South. BIG difference in attitudes toward the "unforeseen/unintended consequences" of Socialism.
Posted by: CaptDMO at May 10, 2014 12:48 PM
The incredible naivete/stupidity of the left. A few years back when the brutal leader of Zimbabwe had kiled the white farmers for the crime of being white his people were dying of starvation as a result. The U.S. sent them thousands of tons of cornmeal, their staple food, but the left wing NGO's convinced the Zimbabwe leader that since American corn was GMO it might harm their health (probably cited the same phony "studies" that edaddy cited). SO the wiser heads prevailed and the food was rejected because the decision was that it was better to starve his people then risk harming their health on that nasty GMO corn that Americans have been eating for 30 years or so.
To be honest The socialist in the socialist state of Vermont would all agree that starving the Zimbabwe people was a good thing especially if it allowed them an opportunity to raise a luddite fist against the steady march of science. They believe that while it's true that so far there have been zero health problems from GMO food that it is never too early to get on the band wagon demonstrating against the latest boogeyman and who needs proof anyway. After all there is a 97% consensus amongst the loony left that GMO is bad so it msut be true.
Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at May 11, 2014 8:57 AM
Nice example, GoneWithTheWind, but a little shrill. From Gerard's posting on the sidelines to your cited example, it's the same old argument "Starvation or GMO".
Back to my original posting, I'm all for GMO as long as I can make a profit growing it to feed you. But, I sure as hell ain't going to eat it if I can help it.
Posted by: edaddy at May 11, 2014 10:53 AM