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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 10, 2015, 02:20 PM

36. Perhaps, but you certainly haven't made a case for that

People want labeling along with other information so that they can make informed choices.

Like I said, "because I want it" is the best answer you get.

You cannot prove no people have died from eating food including GMO ingredients. It is logically impossible to prove a negative. So there is no rational argument in your favor on that count, sorry.

Nor is this what I claimed, which means you either didn't read or comprehend what I wrote, or you are simply making strawman gibberish here.


Genetic engineering can be simply described a a process of 'cutting and splicing' genetic material to and from anywhere in the gene pool of life on this planet, under total human (corporate) control. Breeding can be described as a process whereby natural selection is influenced by human intervention in this natural process, selecting for desired traits as they emerge. There is a great difference. Some extreme forms of mutation breeding (the process of exposing seeds to chemicals or radiation in order to generate mutants with desirable traits to be bred), especially if in breeding animals, could well be considered inappropriate.

Sure, nothing more natural than bombarding seeds with ionizing radiation to produce completely random mutations.

If corporate interests are corrupting and contaminating truly organic products in the USA then, you are right, labeling products 'Organic' would be of little use to the discerning mind. Labeling products as 'GMO', by contrast, would be both unambiguous and useful to people who want to know.

What is that use? Just like everyone else who "wants" labeling, you have failed to provide anything that approaches a rational reason. And no, appeal to nature fallacies don't count.

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