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    • Can GM Food Save The World?

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      Pick your weapon and let the food fight begin as the BBC sparks a great debate with their documentary Can GM Food Save the World?

      Globally it is costing us more and more to feed our families. Thousands upon thousands around the world are struggling to get enough food to eat. The world’s population is only going to grow, some estimates bring the total to nine billion in the next few decades, how will we feed everyone then if we are already struggling.  Could we be on the verge of a food crisis? If so, what will we do?

      Many scientists believe genetic modification is the answer, but is it safe for us to consume? What are the long-term effects, if any? Jimmy Doherty, former entomologist, environmentalist and pig farmer embarks on an adventure in an attempt to find out if GM can really save the world. In the film he discusses the many pros and cons that go along with GM foods.

      In the past Princes Charles has argued that transgenic crops threaten an environmental catastrophe, could he be right? Many think it is valuable technology that could prevent famines. Others fear it and consider is dangerously untested science.

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      Published on October 9, 2009 · Filed under: Biology, Environment, Health
    • Jason

      Good show, gets my annoyed at all the idiots crying out its going to ruin the environment and peoples health, There is more evidence that it does neither of them than it does saying these things will happen. How dare anyone ever, try stop something that could be potentially beneficial to the human species, let them test and experiment with things before you get all doomsday.

    • Jack Kebek

      These more resistant and productive plants made with GM technology are quite likely, with some time, to replace many indigenous species out in the wild : agriculture isn't done in a closed/confined place.

      Doomsday has some very good chances of happening quite soon if the bees die out ; a large decline in their numbers is observed throughout the world.
      No bees = seemingly insufficient pollenisation to sustain agriculture = starvation for a vast majority of land species, with or without GM agriculture.

      Lets all "Eeek!" in harmony

    • Dubious

      Good point from the documentary, at least let testing be done. After all GM foods are almost definitely going to be used and grown in space and on mars I think, so why would people prevent research?

    • Lordrefaa

      Most of the anti-GM food opponents don't stand a real scientific criticism, some of them are even obviously wrong (the global warming one around 15:00 for ex. : extensive agriculture and cattle breeding are major contributors to the climate changes undergoing, producing more or the same but better and with less is certainly a solution we should'nt ignore!).
      The only reasonable arguments are ethical : corporations engineering seeds not to produce a second crop and licensing genes or living beings. These are however regulation problems that have to be undertaken worldwide so that scientific research can continue!

    • Anonymous Coward

      This 'documentary' is chock full of misinformation, poorly thought-out arguments and other nonsense.

      The fact of the matter is these technologies should not be silently tested on natural persons without their consent–especially on such a massive scale as they have. The ecological implications could be severe. Add to this the legal/moral questions regarding Monsanto's business practices and the fact that GM essentially eliminates the possibility of our historical seed-selecting practices and there's no question that these schmucks have let the genie out of the bottle and there's little hope of putting it back in. Let's just hope the genie doesn't cause systematic ecological catastrophe. Let's all hope Monsanto knows they they are doing–because it appears we have little to no choice now.

      Simply put, this video seems like propaganda for GMO benefactors.

    • Anonymous Coward

      Jason, you idiot…

      "How dare anyone ever, try stop something that could be potentially beneficial to the human species, let them test and experiment with things before you get all doomsday."

      Yeah, how dare anyone try to stop something that affects everyone which could potentially be beneficial (and therefore potentially harmful, since we don't really have longitudinal studies yet). Nobody is being "all doomsday" about it–but the fact is that it was not appropriately experimented with before being put on 'the market'. What an ill-informed jackass you are.

    • WharEver

      Actually no! The main complaint about GM food is that they contain proteins and compounds not found in original food. Second one is that the natural system of selection enables only the best to remain, and we co-evolved with the genuine gene of this plants.

    • John Glass

      THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS, ONCE GM FOODS ARE INTRODUCED TO AN ENVIRONMENT OUT SID OF THE LAB THE INEVITABLE WILL OCCUR AND THAT IS IN THE FORM OF CROSS POLLINATION, DESTROYING THE ORIGINAL SPECIES OF PLANT LIFE THAT YOU ALREADY HAD, AND REPLACING IT WITH THIS NEW GENETICALLY ALTERED THING, AND IN TIME, THIS GENETIC POLLUTION WILL BE THE FATAL END OF THE INFECTED SPECIES.

    • HAHAHAH, this docu film is a fraud.
      this guy is naive.
      why does n't he go to Mexico, the monsanto corn are growing out of control already there, wild corns are being pushed out, hidiously deformed corn is growing everywhere already.
      i will love to see all such pluralistic open minded boyish investigators see the giant mess that will come of this all so GO FOR IT! go GM go!

    • could n't agree more, i was thinking the same thing, whats more it really worked on my nerves even this nonsense and it was hell sitting it all out to see if there was anything interesting being said.
      its as if he lives in a different dimension then our reality, everything was so merry and going well?! all this hope?!

    • Haricots

      The "contamination"-argument is truly weird.
      Sure, if cross-pollination between a population of non-GM- and a GM-crop occurs there will be some genes from the GM-crops in the non-GM population. But it will in NO WAY spread like wild fire.
      In every germination the resulting seed will contain half of the genes from one plant and half from the other. This is still true when we talk about transgenic genes.
      In two generations after the original cross-pollination the odds of finding the transgenic gene in a specific plant in the lineage that was cross-pollinated will be 1/4 in diploid plants.

      The only scenario in which it is reasonable to think about the transgenic genes spreading is if it induces a resistance to a herbicide that is applied that the non-transgenic plant can't tolerate. But this will not happen unless intended.
      As a lot of the "arguments" coming from the scaremongers this is just silly if you know at least something about the subject.

    • This video is shocking more in what it didn't say than in what it did. Nowhere in the video is it revealed many BGE crops are cross-species, mixing animal genes with plant genes. Nowhere in the video is it mentioned that giant agribusinesses, like Monsanto, are interfering with centuries old farming procatices in many nations, forcing farmers to buy their seeds, instead of saving seeds from crops year to year. Also, nowhere in this video is it mentioned Big Agro gets away with not labeling their products for consumption in the US despite the fact we prefer to let the marketplace decide which products succeed or fail. If customers don't know what's in the various products sold in the supermarket, how can they decide which ones they want and which they don't want? Further, insects are highly adaptable. It would take only a few generations of mutations for the alleged pests to become immune to the BGE advantage. Then what? Also, there are no controls on the gene splicing. This process is completely haphazard which is dangerous. The spliced material is rarely put in the same place. The lack of uniformoty leaves open the possibility of monstrous aberrations. Lastly, the video gives the impression there are few dangers on the down side of BGE crops. The truth is we don't know what the long-term effects of planting and eating these products are. No product of this magnitude has ever been forced onto the public with such little testing. If the EU has sufficient food for its peoples without using BGE foods, then what's the advantage of growing these dubious plants? This video, at best, is misleading. More to the point, the most important conclusion about BGE frankenfoods is we don't know anything about the long-term consequences from this crude attempt at playing god. BGE is evil.

    • PoiZinConTrol

      This film, I believe, has been produced to counter films like Future of Food and Food Inc. I think that Amish fellow is not truly Amish. That's why he won't show his face. Read the book Fatal Harvest, it shows how it's not lack of food that people are starving from but greed.

      • Joemartin321

         If you knew anything about the Amish you would know that it is against their religious convictions on camera or film. So the fact the he doesn’t show his face on film would mean he is Amish

    • Shirley Morneau

      The thing I disagree with is that we are not told which foods are genetically modified. I prefer not to eat a product with round up ready soy or corn but it is not listed on the labels!!! You are just sneaking it into our food supply and it was never meant for human consumption only animals!! It’s just all about making money and deceiving people. We are treated like guinea pigs just because monsanto wants to monopolize the food supply to the whole of north america.