New study finds butterflies unharmed by GMO corn
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Stelenes at aol.com
Wed Jun 7 17:42:24 EDT 2000
In a message dated 6/7/00 2:11:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
jbwalsh at u.arizona.edu writes:
> so tasty now see a little odd?
> By the way, as you no doubt know, maize has been extensively modified ---
> ever see a teosinte plant?
Not to mention that broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (among others) are all
from the species which looked like a sickly asparagus stalk in recent
generations. Or that in the last few hundred years breeders have taken ripe
green berries smaller than blueberries and turned them into beefsteak
tomatos. Or that all sweet peppers used to be hot hot hot chilis until the
Italians got hold of them in the 1700's or so. Or that strawberries can't
even propogate by seed anymore thanks to breeding intervention (the outer
seeds that stick in our teeth are about as useful to the strawberry as our
appendix to us), garlic is not propagated by seed either, carrots were
mutated to make them orange (not by modern GMO techniques), lessee..."good"
(but wierd to most of us) potato seeds are really only available from a
reseach institute in Peru where the potatos was developed originally as you
know it, and Linus from the Peanuts gang grew up and made Great Pumpkins as
big as they are now (OK, the last one might not be true, it is humor). While
onions are still grown from seeds, (Unlike Hops vines and grapes, some of
which don't even have seeds, i.e. seedless!!!), what possible benefit do 2
pound onions have to the plant with the Pungency bred out. They are
available form more than Vidalia GA, I assure you..., How 'bout the seedless
watermelons? What could be more unnatural? I don't know much about stone
fruits, but peaches, apricots, nectarines are probably thanks to man's (and
women's) intervention, If great-Grandpa saw the goods, he would truly think
he were on another planet. Like Cavandish bananas really came that size, my
crab apple tree's fruit is pretty lame. See the new white eggplant's? What
color do you think the "original" eggplant was? Seen a Pomelo lately (Back
to the future....), I won't mention corn since Bruce has it covered, and I
can't think of any other veggies at the moment or they'd be included as well.
Of course no pig genes were cut and pasted to get any of the above. Just
old fashioned farming, a bit of science and a lot of serendipity. Hey give
farmer's the credit they deserve. They've been squeezed by everyone and
still grow dinner....
(where apricots are peaking)
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