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Today's Poll: 09/01/2015

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Do you think GMOs are dangerous? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
JukeJointJunkie and 1 others liked this  
genetically modified seeds are created by added another organism, not related to the original, into the dna of the seed. For most crops, this means they can use more and more pesticides and herbicides like round-up - which do end up inside and on the food we eat from those fields. This in turn is causing many health issues, including cancer, gastro-intestinal problems, autism, and allergies to name a few. We all need to study this for ourselves and then make informed decisions regarding what we ingest as food. There is a reason many countries are banning GMO's - I think the US would also if the FDA was not run by the same people who create GMO seeds. I am terrified for future generations! This is a reason our bees are dying and its amazing that given the choice, most animals reject GMO foods.
steelhound
on 09/01/15
FYI the bees dying have nothing to do with GMO's. Sounds more like the pesticides are the real threat.
advgm2
on 09/01/15
The GMOs require the pesticide to be used. Round-up is a fertilizer for GMOs, while also an herbicide and pesticide for everything else. Monsanto engineered their product to prevent any outside interference. All they need to do is add round up and they are good to go. No other necessary action.
steelhound
on 09/01/15
Ironically I watched a documentary about GMO's yesterday. Very informative. I think we need to look at GMO's more closely before we outright condemn them.
Jmcgregor
on 09/01/15
It's killing the bees!
OldSwampFox
on 09/01/15
MollyAnneRose and 1 others liked this  
Nope - pesticides are the main culprit in the decline of bees. Farmers spray for harmful insects and the bees get caught in the fallout. I walked through a nearby farmer's field after he had it arial spayed. Yes, the grasshoppers, beetles, etc were all lying dead on the ground - but so were hundreds of bees.
Jackpow
on 09/01/15
Ugh, and to think some people feed their young children non-organic foods! I've been eating 95% organic since before my first pregnancy 9 years ago. My brother-in-law runs an organic farm. Everything you said is true. Back in the day, he witnessed the same thing you described at a non-organic tomato farm.
iamtotallyahuman
on 09/01/15
Wow... way to come off as a pretentious jerk. Not everyone can exactly afford that "Organic" label on their food.
TexasHolders
on 09/01/15
CatnipTARDIS and 1 others liked this  
Organic farming does not prohibit the use of pesticides.
lrowanrn
on 09/01/15
I want data to support my desicion
advgm2
on 09/01/15
The real problem is monsanto and patented produce. Monsanto has destroyed the genetic diversity among the fruits and vegetables, and a single disease could wipe out the entire species. That is the danger of GMOs. The banana is currently in danger. A disease wiped out all of the bananas in Panama in the 1950s, and now there are only a couple different strains and the Cavendish banana is now being destroyed across South America.

GMO's while engineered to look perfect are actually not as tasteful as the non-gmos.
Good watch: Imperfect Produce
seanycourt182715
on 09/01/15
TexasHolders and 2 others liked this  
It must be the same group of people who think vaccines cause autism that think GMOs are actually dangerous.
Taenamyr
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman and 2 others liked this  
GMO's have made our food healthier.
pt1011
on 09/01/15
I would not say I like this answer (tapped the wrong like button) the science behind GMOs are telling us that it is making it healthier for us ? But is it really when it is injected with the unknown!
Jazzswags
on 09/01/15
pt1011 and 1 others liked this  
I hope you are being sarcastic, did you know that once GMO food was introduced into our diets allergies to foods went up by 275 percent!
janks5
on 09/01/15
I think genetic modifications have been going on since the beginning of agriculture. Improving the strength, taste, and ease of growing various foodstuffs is not necessarily bad. Having said that, the speed and scientific manipulation that is now happening is worrisome. I think that scientists are not testing for any negative results that may occur as a result of their work. It is a process that can produce both good and bad. I tend to stick to more genetically untampered foods.
atagahi
on 09/01/15
I would like to see more studies done but done by someone who does not have a stake in the outcome, like food companies.
c0ynw1zrd
on 09/01/15
Not sure about that.
HoutsmaJ
on 09/01/15
Don't know enough.
SweetNancy77
on 09/01/15
I haven't done my research. I'm eating them and don't seem to have any problems, but I know that the problems they are supposed to cause are gradual.
pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
Yep, if you remain ignorant, you can buy anything to feed your belly. Once you or your loved ones get lymphoma or another cancer, or another deadly disease, you'll wonder why you ever ate that crap!
TexasHolders
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman and 2 others liked this  
There is absolutely no scientific evidence that says GMOs cause cancer. Stop spreading this hysteria.
pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
advgm2 liked this  
You must have stock in Monsanto!

From: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/gm-corn-linked-to-cancer-tumors:

"Eating genetically modified corn (GMO corn) has caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That's the conclusion of a shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto's genetically modified corn. The study was published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal and was just presented at a news conference in London.

The study has been deemed "the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GMO food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats." News of the horrifying findings is spreading fast, with even the mainstream media in shock over the photos of rats with multiple grotesque tumors; tumors so large the rats even had difficulty breathing in some cases. GMOs may be the new thalidomide...."
TexasHolders
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman liked this  
Did you actually read the article or just the webpage you linked that sensationalized it? The article makes no reference to tumors at all.
moredhead
on 09/01/15
According to all this hype i should have died a long time ago. I worked in the fields while the planes sprayed DDT overhead etc. and all this other stuff that will kill you. I believe this ranks up there with the hype about global warming.
Kraken
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman liked this  
Are you implying that climate change isn't real? Are you really that delusional?
CatnipTARDIS
on 09/01/15
Regardless of what one thinks of either, climate change and global warming aren't the same thing.
Kendrajune
on 09/01/15
Are you implying that the claims being made by those who speak of 'climate change' are equivalent to those that where labeled 'global warming'? If 'global warming' claims had been true, we'd be in dire straits right now, or dead, depending on who you were listening to. Those claims did not pan out, and the alarmists have toned down the rhetoric under the heading of 'climate change.' No one is denying 'climate change', since we can stand on the porch watching the sun rise or set and see 'climate change', but many people are highly skeptical of most of the fantastic claims that parade under that name, currently. Sure, mankind as a whole can and should be more responsible about how they interact with their environment. No, we don't believe that mankind is about to single handedly wipe out our environment based on current practices. There are too many factors that aren't taken into consideration, and too many more we aren't yet even aware of, to be able to reasonably come to such conclusions.
StacyRenee09
on 09/01/15
farley8824 liked this  
I'm sure people in the past said things like, "My kids ate lead paint and they haven't died yet." Same with tobacco. There are long term repercussions to everything. GMOs haven't been around long enough to automatically say they are dangerous but the evidence that they are is coming to light.
steelhound
on 09/01/15
So where is this evidence?
Jorstaf
on 09/01/15
Seralini rat study. For one
cashsmom1
on 09/01/15
tantiemeg and 2 others liked this  
Not really. GMO's are real and here and no one knows what the consequences really are or what they will be down the road.
Cpittmann
on 09/01/15
I grew up on a farm. I am conflicted between modifying what's natural and improving product and production.
ShopRenay
on 09/01/15
Genetically modified material sounds a little bit like science fiction territory, but in reality, much of what we eat on a daily basis is a genetically modified organism (GMO). Whether or not these modified foods are actually healthy is still up for debate -- and many times, you don't even know that you are buying something genetically modified. It is not required to label GMOs in the U.S. and Canada, but there are substantial restrictions, and even outright bans, on GMOs in many other countries. GMO refers to plants and animals "in which the genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination." Common examples you eat all the time: Corn, soy, squash/zucchini, alfalfa, canola, beets, milk. Just be aware of labels if you're really that freaked out by it. Sugar and fat is more poisonous than most GMO's.
EWest
on 09/01/15
pmac35 and 1 others liked this  
Genetically modified foods have saved over a billion people from starvation
vass3
on 09/01/15
Moosiekj and 2 others liked this  
we are all going to die eventually so why not enjoy bigger more delicious fruit while you can ? the cure for fear of death is Jesus , get some .
egirl102984us
on 09/01/15
Fruit and veggies are genetically modified mainly to withstand shipping better, not to taste better. So what your getting is produce that is much older, almost taste-less, but still looks fresh picked.
pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
Jazzswags and 1 others liked this  
You'll sing a different tune if you watch your children suffer a terrible disease because of their food. I am not afraid of death, but I would like to enjoy my life first. Organic is the only way to go.
steelhound
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman and 1 others liked this  
Don't even know what it is you're afraid of but you'll quickly condemn it. FYI GMO's don't carry disease genius. Get informed.
stevi
on 09/01/15
redwine88 liked this  
Organic does not mean, non-GMO.
pt1011
on 09/01/15
Organic does include non GMO do a research on this topic
Jackpow
on 09/01/15
Yes, it does. However, "non GMO" does NOT mean "organic." You had it backwards.
CatnipTARDIS
on 09/01/15
iamtotallyahuman and 1 others liked this  
The misinformation being thrown around here makes me weep for our species.
beilz6661
on 09/01/15
on an unrelated note did you know alagators can get diabeties lol ... guess they need to watch what they eat
murkywaters786
on 09/01/15
Diabeetus?

https://youtu.be/ILIvPzyK_8I
littlecoro
on 09/01/15
Almost every kind of fruit has been genetically modified. Fruits that are seedless are a result of modification. Plants have been also genetically modified longer than we know it. Who needs to take aspirin? That aspirin comes from a genetically modified plant. There should be more research on such a topic before making an answer.
tinkerlady
on 09/01/15
By the time they find out how dangerous GMO food is, we could be dead. Say no to GMO foods!!!
lilbitcal
on 09/01/15
Don't know anything about it.
yankeem21
on 09/01/15
What is GMO ?
Klynn1
on 09/01/15
Genetically Modified Organism
ethieda
on 09/01/15
Genetically modified crops
Klynn1
on 09/01/15
tink32081 and 3 others liked this  
I do not know if they are "dangerous" or not but I think I have a right to know if they are in the food me and my family are eating. The consumer has a right to have that information and decide for themselves if they will eat food containing GMOs.
1mom2go
on 09/01/15
Haven't look into the details of it, and haven't had anyone notice any problem b/c of it. would eat organic it wasn't so darn expensive! It can get quite impossible to organic feed a family of four.
Queensburyite
on 09/01/15
Who really knows. Many items that we were told were dangerous turned out to be not so.
beilz6661
on 09/01/15
47 percent , it changes your dna
blue4t
on 09/01/15
I don't know and that's why I voted undecided.
hippie1210
on 09/01/15
While I do believe it is important to understand the difference between cross breeding and "GMO", I think for me, it comes down to just simply not caring. I don't want to live to be 150 years or however old. Some may say, "if you don't care for yourself, what about future generations?" To them (the future generations), i apologize, i don't have the power to influence the policy or the personal restraint to abstain from using GMOs.
Jazzswags
on 09/01/15
Did y'all know that once GMO's were introduced to our diets that food allergies went up by 275 percent!
TexasHolders
on 09/01/15
mayal2008692118 liked this  
Probably more likely that medical management of food allergies has improved and less people have died from them, leaving more people alive that have food allergies.
steelhound
on 09/01/15
And where is your proof to back this up?
OldSwampFox
on 09/01/15
Daeanae liked this  
Perhaps they are not as good as we would like them to be; however, science is always progressing and improving. Hopefully, one day in the near future, GMO's will be safe, effective and cheap. For now, I rely heavily on my gardening skills. Outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. And in the winter - I have a nice greenhouse that grows tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, squash, peppers, egg plant, onions, boc choi, and a variety of herbs -- all naturally.
PBnSpots
on 09/01/15
Cherrybloom and 2 others liked this  
GMO just means it's been genetically modified. Almost every single piece of food we have been eating for our entire lives has been genetically modified in some way. GMOs are not inherently dangerous. It's Monsanto that's bad, not GMOs. Please pick up any high school freshman's Biology textbook and take a look at how we've been manipulating our food for centuries and quit fear-mongering and spreading false information.
rbrickey1
on 09/01/15
Seedless grapes, seedless watermelon, orange carrots, and the various varieties of apples we all are all technically examples of gmo. I prefer to eat out of my garden as much as possible and even coordinate with neighbors to have a large variety of the produce we use. I'm ok with produce I buy from the store being slightly imperfect. I don't like the new seeds and such that require farmers to be dependent on the government and monsanto to plant their seeds every season.
swbrdh
on 09/01/15
they can cause problems - not the healthiest, but not sure about dangerous
Bocchi
on 09/01/15
What's a GMO?
allenm721
on 09/01/15
Most GMOs are perfectly safe, however they may have a higher concentration of pesticides or herbicides than conventional crops. The bigger problem is that conventional agriculture relies on CAFOs and monocropping which saps the earth of nutrients and is entirely unsustainable. Organic is the only way to move forward. Food isn't and shouldn't be cheap.
Swagin4Bucks
on 09/01/15
For information about genetically modified foods, please visit the official website of The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods at www.thecampaign.org and Earthsave's webpage at www.earthsave.org. It is suggested that seeking organic or non-genetically modified foods would be better to consume.
dean317
on 09/01/15
my allergies have gotten worse also from them. Have to buy from health food stores to cut issues with stomach and digestive issues. Costs more, but I'm not constantly dealing with upset stomach and diarrhea.
fatimah101
on 09/01/15
Dont know what GMOs are
Mindawg77
on 09/01/15
Don't know enough about it to make an educated answer
momof79
on 09/01/15
OldSwampFox and 1 others liked this  
We buy from farmers directly that use NO pesticides or modifiers for their fruit and vegetables.
stevi
on 09/01/15
dean317 liked this  
I'm not really sure. I know it has the potential to be dangerous. Look at Mad Cow Disease, when cows were fed bone meal. I know that wasn't genetically modified, but it's similar in that the cows ate food that was unnatural for them. By genetically modifying food, we must be careful that the changes don't make the food incompatible with our systems.
bostonphil
on 09/01/15
zeesewhappy liked this  
There is a lot of controversy around GMO's. Some may be bad and harmful -- others not so. Some may even be good.
pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
Lyuha liked this  
Tell me one that is good, PLEASE!
TexasHolders
on 09/01/15
PBnSpots and 1 others liked this  
The ability to produce more food per acre seems like a good one to me. I know it doesn't sound like much in a country that has too much food, but other parts of the world need it.
Lyuha
on 09/01/15
I read a pretty convincing argument before that actually the world could grow enough food for its population, if only we ate locally and stopped importing luxury items from other parts of the world that should be using their grounds to farm for themselves.

I don't think "growing more food" is even used for the purpose of feeding the hungry, it's used to make profit. I grew up here, starving with no one around me knowing it, only asking me how do I get so skinny, now I know I'm not the only one. I've also read about some GMO seeds causing people to fall into poverty because of their difficulty growing, ironically. There's quite a lot to be explored.
DarkShroud01
on 09/01/15
Golden Rice.
JoJo2015
on 09/01/15
did anyone know that GMO's are the reason we have corn in the first place? Biology 101.......
amysisson
on 09/01/15
Klynn1 and 1 others liked this  
I don't think we're going to know for years yet. But in the meantime, stuff should be labeled. If people want to avoid GMOs, they should have the info available to do so.
sylviagrace
on 09/01/15
Not to humans, particularly, but I think the risks to the environment are a big deal.
Kitchinhep
on 09/01/15
dean317 liked this  
The more you add to natural food, the more your body has to deal with digesting. I work in healthcare. More and more people are having issues with tumors and digestive issues. Also, when you meat and poultry is raised on antibiotics, you are getting small doses of it every time you consume that food. If you become ill and need antibiotics, your body may not respond to what we have. The more powerful, the more expensive..There goes the cost of healthcare also. GMO free causes less issues for you health. It really is better for you. But, in the end, it's your decision.
nicoleport120101
on 09/01/15
Not to mention all of the pesticides sprayed on our crops that are considered hazardous while being applied, but magically safe to eat.
nattycat1995
on 09/01/15
JoJo2015 liked this  
tbh people who think that gmo's are harmful to eat are very ignorant about how genes work.
Demelza
on 09/01/15
hajayee and 6 others liked this  
It is my understanding that crops are being genetically modified to withstand treatment with such herbicides as Monsanto's Roundup, which has been banned by France and other European countries. If the small farmer next door to the big Monsanto farm can't afford Monsanto's seed (or is an organic farmer), he will lose some of his crops every time they aerially spray Roundup next door, thus eventually putting the small farmer out of business, giving Monsanto complete control over our food supply.
The GMOs themselves may not be harmful, but the Roundup they are sprayed with, is. The disappearance of the monarch butterfly is also largely due to Roundup killing milkweed, the caterpillar's food source. Roundup also pollutes the water supply, and there have been studies that show it can cause liver and kidney damage in rats. Do we really know what it can do to humans? I don't think so, and that's why I think we should have the right to know if our foods are GMOs. Our Monsanto-owned government does not agree with that right.
dabmorales
on 09/01/15
OldSwampFox and 3 others liked this  
If this is true, and it does sound so, then it goes against everything the government is trying to push about sustainability. All you hear is, "let's support our local growers" and restaurants brag about using only locally-grown goods. There's a disconnect somewhere. The government speaks one thing, but their pocketbook causes them to act otherwise, eh?
pepsi4wag
on 09/01/15
GrandmaJanice and 1 others liked this  
Our government is a joke, run by the company that develops GMO's as well as Round-up and Agent Orange, among others, Look it up, many top positions in the FDA are Monsanto bigwigs. If GMO's are safe, why is the cafeteria at Monsanto all organic?

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