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Tweefo (April 29, 2013, 15:58:43 PM):
A facebook friend posted this. Am I right in calling BS? The caption is "Even squirrels don't GM corn".
brianvds (April 29, 2013, 16:45:50 PM):
Well, it's a picture posted on the web. Let us know when the peer-reviewed study has been published. ;D

Mefiante (April 29, 2013, 18:36:35 PM):
It’s corny pop-aganda. The much larger size of the “organic” cob is a dead give away.

The implication is that animals can distinguish the GMO maize from the “organic” maize. I’m not aware of any credible study having ever shown them to have this ability, and there are dozens of ways this picture could have come about, the least likely being through what it suggests.

'Luthon64
Rigil Kent (April 29, 2013, 22:02:18 PM):
I attended last year's rose show near Kirkwood en tow. While waiting for the rest of the troop to wrap up their floribundal olfactions, I sat in the shade of the lecturing gazebo listening to a few of the speakers. Sure as rain, one of the presenters had a go at GM crops. As far as I could make out, he said that, due to the adverse effects of genetically modified plants (improved pest resistance etc. etc.) there are now so few insects available as pollen vectors that many farmers must rely on mobile apiaries to get their plants knocked up. Reportedly, a few entrepreneurial beekeepers have branched their honey farming businesses into servicing desperate plantations. At night, the honey farmer loads some of his hives onto a bakkie and buzzes off to one of his bug-starved customers. Come morning, the bees do their thing, the flowers are pollinated, and the beekeeper leaves with a fat cheque in the cubby-hole of his Isuzu.

Stupidly, I forgot to ask if special GM bees are required for this feat.

Rigil
brianvds (April 30, 2013, 04:25:42 AM):
To the best of my knowledge, bee keepers have been providing pollination services for ages, since long before GM crops.

These people are all barking up the wrong tree. The problems isn't GM crops, but the business practices of companies like Monsanto, and those are easily fixed because you don't need to make new legislation, you need but to repeal some of the existing legislation. :-)

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