Re: Fw: On the Subject of Organic Foods and Seed Segragation
If genetically engineered pollen has the potential of corrupting the entire
ecosystem, destroying native as well as commercial plants, of course it is
pollution. What would you call it?
At 11:40 PM 5/8/00 +0200, Heine J. Deelstra wrote:
>Dear Mr. Tod,
>We are talking about pollen spread here. Unless you want all farmers to cut
>all anthers or allow the use of Terminator technology there is no way to
>ensure that no pollen will land on other crops. Since it is only pollen, one
>could say 'who cares?'. Well, organic farmers appearantly do. Although there
>is no evidence that genetically modified foods are inherently more dangerous
>than their conventionally bred counterparts*, these farmers are willing to
>sue anyone in the neigbourhood that grows GMO's. Wytze, isn't this some form
>of keeping your own plants pure? BTW Why do you call pollen spread by
>genetically modified crops pollution? Is it because it sounds so nice and
>Besides I'm getting sick of the ad hominem attacks and name-calling. Farmer
>vs industry etc!
>Wytze, i'm sorry to see you taking the stand of the more stubborn organic
>farmers, the ones that use name-calling ('pollution!') to get what they
>want. Do you realize how patronizing that sounds?
>Do you realize that there are farmers who just want to grow their (gm)crops
>without being burdened by the destruction of their crops? Or reduction of
>their income due to the negative publicity GMO's have?
>One can indeed ask a neighbour to spray only when the wind will not carry it
>into the organic fields. One can also expect that (in return) the organic
>farmers won't make unfounded allegations like 'pollution' and won't threaten
>to sue their neighbours. It remains to be seen which type of farmer is the
>Heine J. Deelstra
>*For all activists, once again;
>"There is no evidence that genetically modified crops are inherently more
>dangerous than their conventionally bred counterparts"
>Before arguing again about specific crops/micro-organisms one should realize
>that generalizations (ie extending the results to a whole class of
>organisms) are often wrong.
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