Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Genetically Modified Food - Panacea or Poison

In the last thirty years global demand for food has doubled. In a race to feed the planet, scientists have discovered how to manipulate DNA, the blueprint of life, and produce what they claim are stronger, more disease-resistant crops.




However, fears that Genetically Modified Food may not be safe for humans or the environment has sparked violent protest. Are we participating in a dangerous global nutritional experiment.





This informative film helps the viewer decide if the production of genetically modified food is a panacea for world hunger or a global poison.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly, not the best documentary on the site. Many of those "experts" (with some notable exceptions)really haven't a clue as to what they are talking about. Deep breath people.

cinndave said...

Dr. Peggy Lemaux nailed it on everything. The scaremongers who claim there's no safety testing on GM foods are lying. And people have died because of their lies. In 2002 when there was a famine in Africa, Bush ordered humanitarian food aid shipped to Zambia. But then environmentalists convinced the African governments that the American GM wheat was poison, so they refused the donated food. Tens of thousands of Africans starved that could have been saved. Fuck you Greenpeace.

They really are liars and scaremongers. GMO food got into the food supply? OH NOES!! And the death toll was... zero. Yeah they left that little fact out since it makes it sound less scary. There isn't one peer-reviewed article showing one human that has been killed by GE food. GE food has been around for over 30 years now and they still have nothing. And you can't blame evil Monsanto or their FDA buddies for that; even the scientists in Europe who want to find fault have no proof either.

I would like it if one of these documentaries interviewed Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who saved a BILLION lives by giving custom-designed seeds to poor 3rd world countries.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIvNopv9Pa8

Someone who cares about reason said...

When did documentaries become absolved of any sort of scientific rigor? All the people opposing GMO foods did not even slam GMO foods at all, they instead slammed Corporations (ad hominem attacks), used sayings like 'Franken Food' (a whitty saying proves nothing - Russel), claimed that terrible things MAY happen from ingesting such foods (appeal to fear), and rested on people like congressman Kucinich, who has no expertise in the field, as an authority on the subject.

There were a few good points such as...

Gene pollution: farmers need to be able to grow what they want to grow.

Food labeling: Consumers need to be informed of what they are buying.

Patent Reform: You can't sue a farmer because your GM plants pollinated his non-GM plants. You don't sue the owner of a mutt who impregnated your pedigree Beagle, do you?

Again the documentary showed no study of harmful effects of GMO's, it relied on very spacious reasoning and logical fallacies, and gave very little consideration to the opposition (Dr. Lemaux), and seemed to play very frightening music every time a GMO crop appeared on screen.

Grade F documentary, you should really know better and you will be going without my donation this month.

Scott said...

@Someone who cares about reason said...

You make some very valid points, but then slide into threatening me...

"Grade F documentary, you should really know better and you will be going without my donation this month."

HOW SELFISH AND IMMATATURE ARE YOU!!!

...you are offended by a documentary I have posted and plan on punishing me by not donating this month, well...

There are no individuals that have donated to this site more than once. You make it sound like you make regular donations...YOU ARE LYING!

How about I BAN you from my website by blocking your IP address?

Grow up, or stay away from my site you idiot.

yeungx said...

Some of the attacks on GM foods, are fundamentally misguided. There is, I believe, a huge and fundamental difference between a university researcher who tries to make a crop that had higher yield and can grow a more places in the world, such as colder climates, high salt area, and a large corporation trying to corner the pesticide market, or charge more for the distribution of the props. These two are fundamentally different, and cannot be compared with each other and rolled up into one debate.

While I am fully against corporations, the attack on GMOs in such broad stroke I believe is misguided.

The whole GMO is unnatural argument does not stand up to scrutiny. This argument depends on how you define natural. Is the agricultural revolution natural? plants are not meant to be grown in large fields, or bred to produce higher yields. This is all man made, there's nothing natural about it. So to draw an arbitrary line in the sand, and say "all that came before us was natural but no more is silly.

Anonymous said...

Good for you Scott. This asshole who threatened you is prolly a monsanto stooge! This "technology" has NOT been fully tested, has not been fully researched and big business could care less if any of us suffer as a result of it! Bottom line is what's driving these corporate boys! So concerned about feeding the poor starving Africans? Then how about A) teaching the africans and other third world inhabitants something called BIRTH CONTROL!! Breeding 6 to 7 kids per family may impress allah but sadly only CONTRIBUTES to the problem of world starvation and hunger. B) As was mentioned in this VERY informative documentary, the problem is not with their being to little food but with their being too MUCH!! The chow is there my friends but not to many people apparently want to see the excess distributed! As for petroleum stooge Bush being soooo concerned for the poor Africans, why didn't the dumbfuck try to feed the hungry within his OWN borders first, eh? That swine in human skin is about as concerned for the world's hungry as hitler was in celebrating passover!