Originally Posted by brown_thumb
RE GMO hatred: I openly admit that I'm ignorant and stupid. So can someone please explain the difference between 'selective breeding' and 'GMO'? I realize there's a difference in methodology but what's the 'real difference' in final outcome?
Big difference is the methodology.
It's of primary importance.
Selective breeding means you take one "natural" plant and cross it with another "natural" plant, without manipulating the genetics on the dna level.
When you start manipulating plants dna, often by inserting genes from other species, sometimes not related at all, you can end up with "unnatural" results that could harm humans, animals, soil, the environment.
But even worse is the reason they use GMOs in the first place, so that they can sell more chemicals, so plants can handle more chemicals, so they end up killing the "natural" ecology by introducing ever more potent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, fungicides, etc.
Everywhere GMOs have been used, the soil and insects have been affected to a huge degree. Did you know farmers must inject carbon dioxide into the soil for anything to grow because the soil is now sterile (and poisonous).
That is also a major factor in Climate Change that nobody wants to talk about. All the C02 to give some life to the soil that humans have ruined.
Then there's the effects of GMO on genetic diversity because once they find their "miracle" genetic monster, they make every farmer in their system (more every day), become slaves to Monsanto, and they can get fined huge amts if they don't pay Monsanto for every seed they put in the ground.
Oh, yeah, lots of reasons to hate GMOs...