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Science in Seconds - GM Foods

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - GM Foods Torah Kachur: Genetically modified foods will result in corn with bunny ears and cows with five legs. It'll be the end of nature as we know it, and we'll be finally, truly playing God. Oh, come on! Genetically modifying foods involves manipulating the DNA of a food stock, corn, wheat and rice, to make them more efficient, beneficial and productive. Not to take the world over with killer tomatoes. First, genetically modifying crops isn't much different than selective breeding: we're just doing it faster and more directly. Cloning a gene for bigger wheat grains or handpicking them for generations, like farmers have been doing for centuries, accomplishes the same thing. Second, can anyone really object to adding beta-carotene to rice, so that the poorest people in the world can get a much-needed nutrient from a food they can actually afford? OK, fine. I get the slippery slope argument. That if we develop the technology for GM foods, we could grow corn with bunny ears. But that argument's been used for every single technological advancement in the Industrial Age. So, for those of you out there, like Greenpeace, who think that GM foods are some conspiracy of the biotech companies, you're right: there is enough food to feed the planet, but it's all produced in rich countries. So, a flock of organically grown, grain-fed chicken with 10 meters of free range space, isn't getting to that Somalian child, whereas a crop of drug-resistant corn, will. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 40 seconds
Year: 2011
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 87
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

Is genetical modification that bad for the poor?

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