Monday, October 25, 2010

Transgenetics WILL be for the good

I am fascinated by genetic research and the GMO. I started my search, looking for some currently events to place a spotlight on this wonderful field. What I found, article after article, was a plethora of negative opinions, angry writers with mobs of supporters. None of them, however left me feeling any less supportive of genetic research. So I searched more, and found an article from the NY Times published on October 7th.

Modified-Salmon Fight Showcases Risks, Rewards of Engineering Wild Species

What I found was finally an unbiased report on GMOs.

It is clear that we Americans did not get off on the right foot addressing many agribusiness issues. GMOs are no different and I fully expect more adverse results from our eagerness to invent and make profit.
The FDA and USDA are making strides in the right direction. This article does cite that the FDA has launched a program to overhaul its biotech program. The USDAs biotech division has requested $5.8 million to assess environmental risks.

Within this lengthy article many fascinating issues are brought up, here is just a few:
-Creating a non-reproducing salmon may be harder than expected, carp have already shown the ability to overcome the current sterility measurements being used.
-Analysis on potential escaped salmon around Prince Edward Island and Panama has not been conducted.
-GM grass for golf courses, created to resist the weedkiller Roundup, has spread into the wild in Oregon.

It is clear that any support for genetic modification will result in many angry people. I am OK with people being angry, they should be. We are a corrupted country run by the rich who want to get richer. What we need is control of our country and its leaders, and not the extermination of genetic research.


  1. I think you make a good distinction here between the general process (genetic engineering) and the problems that arise when trying to apply it to our food and agriculture system (which includes public policies, regulatory agencies, etc). But given the state of our food system, what is the appropriate way to use genetic engineering?

  2. In my reading I have realized that Europe is in effect the policy maker for African countries due to thier trade restictions on GMOs. Rich coutries who have a relatively stable food system can afford to wait, Whereas developing countries have very little choice in the matter. The longer the US and a couple other countries continue to comsume GM food with no adverse heealth affects, the more willing other countries will be to exploring the potential of this technology