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(BBC)   GM crops could go rogue. Tomato attack could occur at any time.   ( divider line
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2002-02-05 12:29:56 AM  
Wasn't there a cartoon a while back about attacking tomatos? I seem to recall watching it once or twwice.
2002-02-05 12:30:10 AM  
Att-aaaaaaaaa-ck...of the killer toooo-MAAAY-toooooessss

God that movie was warped
2002-02-05 12:34:11 AM  
Unbeatable weed, hmmm, this supports the terrorists.
2002-02-05 12:34:40 AM  
You know I'm gonna miss her, a tomato ate my sister.

Featuring the hit single "Puberty Love"!
2002-02-05 12:36:43 AM  
2002-02-05 12:38:35 AM  
Ralph Wiggim: "This stuff tastes like Grandma!"
2002-02-05 12:42:18 AM  
GM crops are good. Now that we have the chance to make food exactly the way we like it, why not take it?

I want cakao beans with spliced-in genes from hemp, for starters.
2002-02-05 12:44:32 AM  
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2002-02-05 12:47:05 AM  
Quick: Same name as the movie. Got lots of it on tape (somewhere). Good movie, sucky cartoon.

Did they ever make part 3? Anyone?
2002-02-05 01:06:35 AM  
Oh Please.
2002-02-05 01:08:15 AM  
I didn't do it!
/me licks vici :p
2002-02-05 01:42:41 AM  
The typo is the best part!

"Oilseed rape" plants indeed, its Rapeseed Oil, wankers!
2002-02-05 01:49:17 AM  
One thing about humans is truly stupid: The ability to predict danger.

Say I told you about a GM crop that causes severe allergic reactions in a handful of people, but they have to deal with it. And it is responsible for ~50,000 deaths a year in the US. And it incorporates itself into everyday life, and has a drastic negative effect on the world we live in?

Its an automobile.

People should take their head outta their ass and go protest against something worth the time.

Fact is, GM crops have the potential to save millions of lives a year, albeit with a minimal chance of negative effect. Big farkin deal.
2002-02-05 02:33:55 AM  
Fruity is [image from too old to be available]
2002-02-05 04:27:09 AM  
I farking knew it, I farking knew it. Monsanto is one of the world's greatest evils. When are we going to have those farkers dragged out into a field and shot??
2002-02-05 04:32:49 AM  
Fruity is right. Humans have always modified nature.
The humble orange, for example, is created by humans. The only "real" citrus is the lime.

I bet when the first neanderthals discovered fire, there was a lot of "Me scared, lightning bad. Will make gods angry!"-talk.
2002-02-05 05:12:23 AM  
This is all part of the Bush Family Evil Empire's secret plan to dominate the world, poison our food, put our farmers out of business, take away our land, steal our freedom, kill our liberties, and makes us total slaves to the evil forces of darkness and death!
2002-02-05 05:15:59 AM  
"English Nature"? That sounds like a pressure group, not a scientific institution.

Oh please is right, Vicious!
2002-02-05 06:20:32 AM  
Preemptive nuclear strike?
2002-02-05 08:54:20 AM  
Monarch butterfly: Potent symbol of GM crop fears

OK, so this HAS to be one of the stupidest captions that I've ever seen!
2002-02-05 09:12:06 AM  
Fruity: The automobile is not responsible for 50,000 deaths a year. The people who drive automobiles are.
2002-02-05 09:13:39 AM  
GM foods are unoredictable and dangerous. The world leader in GM foods is Monsanto. One of the most evil disgusting corporations on the planet.
2002-02-05 09:34:31 AM  
GM crops.

OK, hands up everybody who first parsed that at "General Motors". Quite a diversified business they've got there, eh?

Now, everybody who parsed that as "Game Master". "The rogue Giant Plant entwines you and stuffs noxious oily seeds down your throat. Make a saving throw against poison."

Spazzm: the only true citrus is the lime? Wow, I didn't know that. Cool...

Torch: I'm surprised they didn't call it "canola oil plants". Something about a name with the word
"rape" in it setting off the keyword filters in a lot of American's heads...
2002-02-05 10:25:23 AM  
People who don't understand science and have no desire to are unpredictable and dangerous.

The world leaders amongst these types are the Naderites and Greenpeace, et al. Two of the most evil, ignorant and disgusting groups on the planet.
2002-02-05 11:13:59 AM  
People who think Monsanto is an evil company are very ill informed. They are the misguided drones and "sheeple" of TRULY EVIL organizations such as Greenpeace, and PETA. They also believe everything they read on the internet. While as a farmer I do NOT fully support ALL GM crops, there are many useful ones out there. Monsanto's big mistake was not doing crop marketing research overseas before GM soybeans and field corn were put on the market. This has cause marketing nightmares for many farmers and grain dealers.
2002-02-05 11:17:35 AM  
This month's Harper's magazine has an article from a geneticist, explaining how recent scientific experiments have destroyed the theory underlying the assertion that GM crops are inherently safe. The sad fact is that we have no farking clue what GM crops will do in the environment, or what possible health effects they might have on us ten years from now. There could even be a mad-cow-like prion disease in GM crops, waiting to hit the population of America in a few years.

And no, I'm not an ignorant luddite -- I studied genetics at Cambridge University.
2002-02-05 11:48:50 AM  
Most fears about GM is totally irrational.
"GM species can cause changes in the ecosystem, even drive "natural" species to extinction."

Evolution have developed natural species to finely tuned survival machines trough eons. To think that we, with our puny, evolution-manufactured brains, should be able to just come along and create something that is better at survival is pure hubris.

Get over yourselves, dammit.

And on the subject of Europe and GM labeling:
Some people actually look for and prefer GM foods, claiming superior taste or nutritional value.

While labeling may be a good idea, GM will happen wether we like it or not, it already has. Do you think cows are a "natural" species?
2002-02-05 11:51:06 AM  
And I feel I can speak about Europe with autority, as I am an actual, bona-fide european.

So there.
2002-02-05 11:56:19 AM  
While labeling may be a good idea, GM will happen wether we like it or not, it already has. Do you think cows are a "natural" species?

Nobody created a cow overnight. It took many many generations of breeding to produce it. I think we're jumping into the GM stuff stuff without really understanding what were doing.
2002-02-05 01:44:13 PM  
Jeez, my eyes are burnin' from reading this long and politically charged thread. Sure wish we could toss in
sound bites too- Ataaaack of the killer tomaaaatoes....
of course, someone would take the sound bite and stuff it
full of political rhetoric. when I want political rhetoric,
I tune in Rush Limbaugh! when I want to have fun with my
news, I turn to Fark!!
2002-02-05 02:09:02 PM  

Fruity: The automobile is not responsible for 50,000 deaths a year. The people who drive automobiles are."

Tell that to the elderly who have to stay locked inside a home with an air conditioner on hot Los Angeles days, moron.

": None of the GMO crops on the market today have been engineered for higher yield. "

OF COURSE NOT! They are engineered to withstand the menagerie of pests that reduce many crops to fetid rot.
2002-02-05 03:37:24 PM  
Point remains the same. THey arent designed to yield more, nor should they have to be.
2002-02-05 04:07:44 PM  
Q: Doesn't genetic engineering allow farmers to use less pesticide?

A: The vast majority of the GMOs growing today are engineered to withstand direct dosing with farm chemicals. These crops mean more chemicals on our food and farms, not less.

Some GMO crops are engineered to produce their own insecticide, in hopes that farmers will then spray less often. At best, results with these crops have been mixed, as farmers still must spray their fields for insects that are not killed by the inserted toxin (1). And in the long run, these GMO crops may destroy organic farming - so farmers who use no pesticides will be out of business.

(1) Andy Coghlan and Barry Fox, "Genetically modified plants may still need pesticides", New Scientist, December 18, 1999.

Andy Coghlan and Barry Fox probably have never sat in the seat of a tractor. The above quotations are NOT TRUE. While it is true that RR or "Roundup Ready" soybeans will wistand direct doses of Roundup, the chemical is applied before the plant flowers, and therefore none of the chemical ever touches the harvested crop itself. The chemical is long gone before the beans ever form. BT Corn is raised to kill corn borer, corn earworm and fall armyworm. These are the pests that would normally be targeted during spraying. There are no other "targeted pests". The purpose of planting BT corn in the first place is NOT to spray. Another thing, how can GMO crops destroy organic farming if they do not use pesticides? See what I mean? These people don't have a clue what they are talking about. I do. I sit in a tractor seat.
2002-02-05 07:28:10 PM  
Pick You said it man. You want the truth about crops, talk to a farmer. Not PETA, not pundits, not the internet. A farmer. If you have a problem with your computer, do you call up your bank? When you are doing your taxes, do you call up a priest for help? And Pick, keep up the good work of feeding the rest of us!
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