GMO foods

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  1. Gonhar

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    A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers said Monday.


    The project plans to have the special banana varieties -- enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A -- growing in Uganda by 2020.


    The bananas are now being sent to the United States, and it is expected that the six-week trial measuring how well they lift vitamin A levels in humans will begin soon.


    "Good science can make a massive difference here by enriching staple crops such as Ugandan bananas with pro-vitamin A and providing poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food," said project leader Professor James Dale.


    The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) project, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes to see conclusive results by year end.


    "We know our science will work," Professor Dale said.


    "We made all the constructs, the genes that went into bananas, and put them into bananas here at QUT."


    Dale said the Highland or East African cooking banana was a staple food in East Africa, but had low levels of micro-nutrients, particularly pro-vitamin A and iron.

    https://www.newsdaily.com/article/b0d54cd26bf8bb21da5c5c2fa94f6aa7/super-banana-to-face-first-human-trial


    How about growing vegetables that are NATURALLY high in pro-vitamin A and Iron? Squash, pumpkin, carrots...:shake:
     
  2. eco4560

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    You can't do that Gonhar, they take up space you could use to grow a monoculture of bananas…. (for export).

    We don't need to modify food to feed the world. We just need to stop stealing it from the mouths of the poor to put into the petrol tanks or cows of the rich….
     
  3. Pakanohida

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    I would not even put GMO crops of ANY kind into my compost.
     
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    Wonder who the poor guinea pigs will be for their 6 week(? really?) trial will be.
    um,just how many bananas would they have to eat to significantly raise their vitamin A levels?

    I'm sure the scientists think this is a wonderful opportunity and worthwhile endeavour, just wish they would go out into the real world and find out what real people expect from them.
    I like my bananas just the way they are/were.
     
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    besides, there are so many more varieties of bananas that most of us here in the USoA will never see (because they don't store or transport very well)... with much differences in flavors too.
     
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    and what happened to sweet potatoes?

    much easier to grow than bananas too once you have a warm enough climate.
     
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    I like the red ones…
     
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    I should find my mayor or equivalent and try and stop this in my town.
     
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    I wonder if those scientists really think they are doing a good thing? Or if they know how messed up it is, and are just doing it for money/attention or whatever.
     
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    It's their current toy. They want to see how far they can go with it. They're pretty much like children just learning to take it apart then trying to improve on something they can't make in the first place themselves, but believe they can make it better. I'm sure you know how that turned out with the killer bees.
    Benjy136
     
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    Yeah I guess I just can't possibly imagine that there are so many shitty people not realizing how much damage they are doing. My idealist in me is telling me that some of them really think they are doing good but are just ignorant to it.. But maybe you are right..
     
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    Externalized self obsession caters only to if one can at the demise of if one should.
     
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    Isn't that Clive Palmer's motto?
     
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    Oh shit I hope not I thought I was being original and insightful.
     
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    Mind you his recent pairing with Al Gore has rather surprised me! Fancy a mining magnate suggesting an ETS?!?!?
     
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    LMAO there is an article on the home page about Rodale, and yet I have a magazine (Organic gardening magazine) article, from them, championing GMO Bananas. I can taste the hypocrisy.
     
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    I just got this sent to me. It helps the little farmer.

     
  19. Terra

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    Good advice on Monsanto Pak

    Follows the "Do less sooner" instead of lots more later approach that humans tend to do .

    Scientists just want to do what they trained for as a career , ive said this before the problem they face is there are few "life long paid jobs " availiable most have to exist on short term grants or contracts .

    Which the cynics (Me) could argue leads them to the Dark side
     
  20. eco4560

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    I wonder if anyone has yet tested it in a court of law?
     

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