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Comments on Terminator Seeds Deployed To Iraq
Order 81 provides the authority to require Iraqi farmers to use genetically altered seeds that do not produce naturally viable offspring. (Read the complete story)

"This sounds ugly, but there are lots of things that "sound ugly" on the Internet. Some of them are even true. This one, who knows. Since the Iraqi's are going to be on their own in a year or so, even if true, this is probably moot. Burkenstock wearing, granola munching, luddites who wish to live in caves, aren't the best guides for the future of man. "
( 10/25/2008 9:32:57 AM)
"I'm farther left than most people on this planet, but I hear "Monsanto" and "mutant seeds" I take off my communist hat and put on my skeptic hat. Remember the poor innocent farmer who was sued by the evil Monsanto because some Monsanto seeds drifted to his patch ? Turned out to be quite the other way round ..."
(Yossi Preminger 10/25/2008 10:55:21 AM)
"pure evil"
(dug 10/27/2008 2:43:37 PM)
"I guess the most striking fact for me is that, when I was in grade school, I was told that Mesopotamia was where agriculture - saving seeds for the next crop - really got started. And look what we're doing. Also, there are real problems associated with terminator seeds; there are no real guarantees that the sterility trait won't 'jump the fence' and become part of the genetic makeup of nearby plants. This problem has happened before; wind-blown corn pollen can pollinate crops up to 600 feet away. There have been other cases of genetically modified plants transferring some part of their modified makeup even to distantly related plants. "
(Bill Christensen 10/27/2008 3:22:56 PM)
"It seems pretty obvious that plants infected with sterility will simply die out. I'd be more worried about all the other weird synthetic genetic traits. Oh, and the "who knows" guy could have saved us the trouble of reading his mumbling, nobody cares if he hates hippies, and 'Yossi' is a classic disinformation post. "I'm a liberal but" Monsanto never sued anybody and everything anybody ever heard about Monsanto vs. Schmeiser is all backwards, 'cause 'Yossi' says so. Right."
(noise comments 10/28/2008 8:45:16 PM)

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