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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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tracy10
on 09/01/15
I think genetically modified foods are safe. I suspect some people may have an allergic reaction because the gene came from something that he/she may is allergic too. Otherwise, I think we can limit the change to a very specific gene such as make a plant that produces a pesticide, a tomato that stays ripe longer, etc.
komasands
on 09/01/15
you really want to eat something that has pesticide in it?
pickaswagnam5
on 09/01/15
It's better than eating nothing *shrugs*
silvermermaidblo
on 09/01/15
pickaswagnam5 liked this  
It depends on how we use them. In some instances they can be helpful and in other ways they can be harmful.
Becky2259
on 09/01/15
example would be seedless watermelon.
Tolwynn
on 09/01/15
less dangerous than starving, which a lot of people would be without GMOs
mitchell681
on 09/01/15
True, not to mention they usually require less pesticides and fertilizers than non-GMO food. Less chemicals is a win in my mind.
autoroad02
on 09/01/15
The EPA has GMO corn listed as a pesticide...
JCheung
on 09/01/15
tkoblondee and 6 others liked this  
Just imagine this: I use 100% all-natural bees to pollenate a wild cacao tree with a brussel sprout plant, producing nutritious and chocolate-flavored vegetables that are not only healthy but delicious. That's basically what GMOs are-- hybrid plants combined to create a better plant which has been going on for centuries with or without a science lab. Anything wrong with that?
robiel541
on 09/01/15
jbecker12 and 2 others liked this  
Nope. GMO's are genetically modified. Which means the DNA has been altered...by humans! Has nothing to do with conventional plant breeding or creating hybrid plants.
tkoblondee
on 09/01/15
JCheung just described how plant DNA is modified, by combining plants for taste and ease of eating. Corn on the cob and seedless grapes are examples.
BUDWARDDIDDLE
on 09/01/15
Thank-you for the explanation. I had no idea what a GMO was. I am 52 and never heard of it.
komasands
on 09/01/15
14sswemyss and 3 others liked this  
pollinating and hybridizing are a far cry from something that has insecticide in i t( if it can kill the insect when it eats it what can it do to u?) or can magically make something grow 5 times faster and bigger from a chemical that was made by man not nature.
mitchell681
on 09/01/15
GMO's are designed, often time, to require less fertilizers. In many cases, contrary to what the internet has led people to believe, they are of less health risk than the non-GMO counter part.
mitchell681
on 09/01/15
tkoblondee liked this  
No reputable research has been shown to show that GMO products are dangerous. Most of the negative information about GMO food comes from misconceptions that originated online.
jubilosity5
on 09/01/15
Undecided
Crl1981
on 09/01/15
Do not know about GMO's
Jaunice
on 09/01/15
I do not know enough about GMOs.
tabbanie
on 09/01/15
Probably not good but I don't know much about it or how to stop it if it's as bad as it sounds like it might be.
Delilahkat
on 09/01/15
I don't know.
klandes6
on 09/01/15
I just recently read an article concerning GMOs. It explained how, throughout the past 100 years or so, GMO crops have been utilized efficiently for the sake of healthier/disease resistant plants, sustainable with more plentiful harvests. I am not personally positive, but a close friend of mine is an agricultural policy specialist and is an avid supporter of GMO crops and she's done her research.
TRGR
on 09/01/15
Not dead yet.
dancephd73
on 09/01/15
people on here seem to be connecting genes to chemicals but really 1) everything natural or manmade contains chemicals and 2) GMOs allow pest resistant plants to succeed, and without the selective breeding, the farms will have to pour actual harmful pesticide chemicals over everything you eat because they certainly will not allow valuable crops to be destroyed without a fight
Sajeewa
on 09/01/15
actually I don't know GMO
Linda302
on 09/01/15
I'm not sure what it is.
Tigerhawk709
on 09/01/15
kayleerowena liked this  
Most of the foods we've been eating for millenia are basically GMO's as we've bred them for pest resistance, higher food output, cold/heat resilience, etc. The GMO's their talking about is largely science speeding up the process.
mywf10
on 09/01/15
I feel like I don't know enough to have an opinion one way or the other.
suesuetwins
on 09/01/15
what the heck is a gmo?
jschalck
on 09/01/15
It means that the food has been genetically modified....(genetically modified organism GMO)
OafDragon
on 09/01/15
GMO = Genetically Modified Organism
OafDragon
on 09/01/15
tkoblondee liked this  
It can be, but it can also not be. I think it depends on the type and degree of modification. Modification through breeding/cross pollination is perfectly fine. Picking two plants out of a group with the best qualities of fruit, and crossing those together won't normally alter the fruit in a dangerous way. However, I feel all artificial methods should be avoided. Injecting genes from one plant or animal type into another could pose unknown risks, as could using chemical triggers to turn on/off certain genes that effect the organism.

It would be rather nice though, if various organizations would stop using one blanket term that actually has varying meanings.
stardreamer
on 09/01/15
have no idea what GMO's are
jberkhouse
on 09/01/15
No idea what they are
terry1905
on 09/01/15
No idea
Dedicednu
on 09/01/15
I think you'll be able to find a study supporting either way, so it really comes down to personal preference
TheChaosTheory
on 09/01/15
Depends on the GMO.
GoodVeg
on 09/01/15
duckie1959 and 1 others liked this  
I think there's some confusion on here about what GMOs are. GMOs ARE NOT hybrids!!! Hybrids are a cross between 2 naturally compatible parents of the same species. GMOs are created in a lab with gene splicing. Here's a good article explaining: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos-zb0z1301zsor.aspx and a great website for more information: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ Even if you're not sure whether they're safe or not, do you want to be the guinea pig? At the very least, we need to have foods containing GMOs labeled so that those who chose not to eat them have that option.
buggest
on 09/01/15
have you ever tasted a heritage tomato, then tasted an hybrid, so different the hybrid would not win a contest. and did you know most hybrids cannot reproduce, sort of like a mule. i hope just that thought will make you think.
EGSMBBS
on 09/01/15
jillbedel liked this  
Nope. Loads of robust scientific evidence to prove no disbenefit or harm. And of course nearly all vegetables have been genetically modified over the past 200 years - that's what plant breeding is all about!
komasands
on 09/01/15
GMO's came out in the 1990's, have u noticed how many children now have ear infections and tubes in the ears and are ADHD, compared to before the 1990's, Do you know anyone that has an auto immune disease? Do u know how many auto immune disease's there are now? GMO's are not natural. made by nature they are man made
promotions
on 09/01/15
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SisterDoe
on 09/01/15
Too many laws protecting the stupid from the consequences of their own actions.
Pearlhanna
on 09/01/15
The real question is have you priced cancer lately...
iwokeuplikdis
on 09/01/15
jillbedel liked this  
if you actually research them you would know that they are harmless. stop getting your information from the media :))))))))
flrdsgns
on 09/01/15
If they aren't dangerous, why does Monsanto fight so hard to keep them from being labeled as such?
pambarnes
on 09/01/15
I am not convinced that they are , as farmers have been growing hybrid crops for many decades.
Squirlle
on 09/01/15
do you know that sweet potatoes are hybrids? they have been doing this for centuries! it is NOT harmful.
jonnypender
on 09/01/15
epicpossum liked this  
if you don't want to eat them thats fine just let me eat them, you ignants
TrueRusher
on 09/01/15
JinaJapan liked this  
If GMOs weren't dangerous, why would they be illegal in Europe?
Abiggzer
on 09/01/15
They're not anymore. Farmers can grown them in Europe - laws were recently passed allowing that. Most of the research about GMOS has come out of European institutions, which formed the basis of allowing GMO crops to be grown.
hopsnob
on 09/01/15
wickedkitty333 liked this  
Really? What is your source? I've spent the last 10 minutes looking for any recent news that any EU country has allowed GMOs to be grown and could not find a single one. Yet I found dozens & dozens of articles about them being banned.
tnkrbell12259
on 09/01/15
acyboron liked this  
I typed use of gmos in Europe in Swagbucks search and the first talked about the authorization process in Europe as well as the fact that there were over 40 ApAuthorized crops. Another I found indicated slow to adopt in Europe but various European countries were growing. Could find nothing on an overall ban.
CmdrRonald
on 09/01/15
Abiggzer liked this  
O my, that is exactly the same as asking why booze is legally sold when it is so bad for human consumption. Look at what you wrote.
michicachan999
on 09/01/15
marinalzarate liked this  
Because people have outcries and petition to have things banned.
wolfbro
on 09/01/15
JCheung, has the right of it.
HopefulGJL23
on 09/01/15
I'd rather not
LadyRosieParks
on 09/01/15
JCheung liked this  
Depends on the result...every gene that is modified is different, some with beneficial results, some with harmful results.
JCheung
on 09/01/15
Finally someone who is open-minded! Thank you.
JinaJapan
on 09/01/15
hopsnob and 1 others liked this  
Man has made these medicines that have serious side effects (and hordes of lawsuits). Man messing with the food supply (like wheat and corn already) will have side effects. Side effects like many people who are obese because our bodies cannot properly process high fructose corn syrup for starters. To the best of my abilities I will not eat processed foods nor will I pick up GMO fruits and veggies. My health is much more valuable than contaminating it with lab-experimented produce.
JCheung
on 09/01/15
You probably eat GMOs all the time and don't even know it.
katierw80
on 09/01/15
JoelMose and 1 others liked this  
I will take man-made medicines, thank you very much. I love how few generations it takes for people to forget the thousands of horrible deaths caused by things which are now preventable. But we do forget, and in our complacency and with our easy first world lives can rant at the things that made us safer.
AmethystRedfern
on 09/01/15
hopsnob liked this  
Natural is best, I don't want any of my food tampered with by scientists in a lab.
JCheung
on 09/01/15
Squirlle liked this  
Farmers have been practicing creating GMOs for centuries. There is a misconception of what GMOs are. Perhaps a more family-friendly name would be selective breeding.
SparkleBee
on 09/01/15
Sometimes, like this time, I look at the comments to help me decide (if I can) how embarrassing- I should be researching more of this stuff on my own. I think it probably depends, but I'd have to do more research.
komasands
on 09/01/15
take a look at all the diseases that are on the rise, since GMO's most considered auto immune, diabetes, thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, just found out about a liver auto immune disease, what else is out there?
mammacub
on 09/01/15
hopsnob liked this  
Just make sure you hit both opinions(for or against). There is no such thing as an unbiased opinion! My sister-in-law is against, but every argument she makes, leaves her sounding like a conspiracy theorist. My theory, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Plants have been growing just fine without us for a LONG time.....
JCheung
on 09/01/15
If plants were to grow like they have been for a "LONG time" there wouldn't be enough food for the whole world. GMOs have been selected and bred to be able to produce more nutrients and food, making them stronger and healthier. For comparison, sheep naturally grow wool that sheds every year, but somewhere down the line shepherds decided to only raise the fluffiest and non-shedding ones to increase their output until every sheep we see today comes down from that line of selected sheep. Is that wrong? If not, then GMOs are not either, for GMOs do not necessarily have all kinds of chemicals pumped into them, simply only being chosen out of many different kinds as the best for future planting.
monikap
on 09/01/15
Everything in moderation!
queeneve
on 09/01/15
shockthane and 2 others liked this  
it is kind of a broad term, but drought-resistant crops are helping to solve world hunger, and whiny yuppies want to put an end to them.
watler
on 09/01/15
lseed87 liked this  
Now that monkeys have become men and through science proved evolution, the evolved monkey can now raise the banana to a new level!
This sounds dangerous!
emcwillis073
on 09/01/15
It depends on the study and chemicals placed in the food for it to be considered dangerous.
ThanxALot
on 09/01/15
I don't think they're inherently bad, but there hasn't been enough research to definitely say. Also, they are homogenizing our food supply.
AllyceC
on 09/01/15
Not to eat, but due to their unintended consequences of overuse of pesticides and (even worse) monoculture, where one (genetically identical) crop is grown over many square miles.
kennedytoliver18
on 09/01/15
you are correct they are fine to eat alone. I don't like the pesticides either but they are definitely not freaking inside the food. I actually didn't think about mono culture when i wrote my essay comment 5 mins earlier o.O
hopsnob
on 09/01/15
The seeds are coated with pesticides which the plant absorbs as it grows. The pesticides are in the fruit, the leaves, the stems and the roots. But you wash it off with tap water, right?
mammacub
on 09/01/15
The pesticides are injected into the seeds, therefore into the foods themselves.
NMDesigner
on 09/01/15
jcc75 and 1 others liked this  
WRONG. DO NOT EAT THESE. They contain pesticides inside, where you can't wash them off!

Unintended? Monsanto makes the GMO seed that allows grater use of pesticides. Who do you think makes the pesticides?!
NinjaGekkouga
on 09/01/15
Yes, Loads of robust scientific evidence to prove disbenefit or harm.
RachieRach99
on 09/01/15
I have no idea what they are.
zhao04
on 09/01/15
I don't know what GMO is.
Sia123
on 09/01/15
I accidently voted 'no', when I wasn't even sure...smh.

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