A few thoughts.
First of all, corporations should not have special protections. This country is being overrun by corporate interests, and the government is for sale. Has been for a while now. I also think that all GMO's and irradiated foods should be labeled as such so that the consumer has the choice. It's not currently required, because it would affect sales and the bottom line.
The problem I have with GMO's, as it is my understanding, is that dna is being combined in ways it that would never, and I mean never ever, come in contact with one another in natural life. You can argue humans are natural, therefore the combination of animal dna with vegetable is ok. I don't. Monsanto likes to protect its revenue stream under the guise of feeding the planet, and we won't be able to provide enough food for future populations. It's a lie. Farmers have been getting subsidies for years, and if humans really wanted to feed one another without massive profits, it can be done. It is a well known fact that the production of food in this country has many, many problems with already measured bad consequences for public health - in more ways than just GMO's.
Lastly, there is such a thing called the precautionary principle. From wiki :
The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an act.
We simply do not know what the long term consequences of GMO's are. Regardless of current studies. Further, I think it's just plainly unnecessary, and sacrificing one species for the sake convenience or profits is not conscionable(i.e. bees). We don't need to grow more corn, or create seed that cannot replicate, or are resistant to insecticides that are produced by the very same company producing the insecticide. I'm all for advancement and research and think that there are many ways to accommodate the same goals, but a monopoly or patents on food is just...Wrong. Don't even get me started on BigPharma. Easy for me to say when I'm not a chemist or scientist, right?
I think is was Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, who developed a strain of seaweed intended for aquariums that require little maintenance, and is hearty enough to be put in many different kinds of environments. Large aquariums and small. Unfortunately, it was somehow released into the Mediterranean sea, and now it has superseded and over run natural indigenous seaweed.
Humans are adaptable, smart, with wonderful imaginations and creativity. And also very stupid.
Edited by jake t bud - 4/3/13 at 12:57pm