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Rigil Kent (April 30, 2013, 07:36:13 AM):
To the best of my knowledge, bee keepers have been providing pollination services for ages, since long before GM crops.

Very likely, Brian. I guess conspiracy theory will suck in anything to make two plus two seem like five.

Considering the insipid grass-like flowers and their location on the plant body, I suspect that maize rely on wind pollination, and not so much insects? Not sure that any bee worth her salt will give those long floppy stamens a second look.

Tweefo (April 30, 2013, 10:08:06 AM):
She (my Facebook friend) referred me to this: Is this a reputable paper? How do I answer her?
Hermes (April 30, 2013, 12:04:50 PM):
What the photos of the mealies suggest and what the research paper concludes are worlds apart. A simplistic distinction between GM and “organic” foods, lumping them all into two vague groups, is exactly what the research paper opposes: “Patho-physiological profiles are unique for each GM crop/food, underlining the necessity for a case-by-case evaluation of their safety, as is largely admitted and agreed by regulators. It is not possible to make comments concerning any general, similar subchronic toxic effect for all GM foods.”

Crop yields can be significantly increased through genetic modification with obvious benefit for food production. It may result in saving water and the reduced use of pesticides. It would therefore be unwise the reject all GM foods out of hand.

There are legitimate concerns regarding the safety and long terms effects of certain GM foods, both on consumers and on biodiversity, that require further research.
Tweefo (April 30, 2013, 12:22:35 PM):
Thanks Hermes. I used your above (hope it is OK) replay as an answer. She's an old skydiving friend that became a real tree-hugger.
Hermes (April 30, 2013, 12:41:21 PM):
You're welcome.
Warn her that combining skydiving and tree-hugging might result in some organic modifications.


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