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Daryll Wong

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Do you think we should continue genetic engineering?

Hi, Genetic engineering is basically altering/modifying the genes of humans or other species like plants.
Of course there are benefits that come with it for example humans can correct defective genes of their fetus or mayble plants can be more yielding and resistant to pests.
However there are also other concerns like humans exploiting it to alter genes of fetus to make them more beautiful , formation of superweeds, maybe poor farmers cannot benefit from the HYVs and are at a disadvantage, and more importantly a question that lingers in my head is, is it wrong to modify the genes that we have innately maybe due to religious or moral reasons.
Lets debate on this questions-should we continue genetic engineering? if yes why, if no why.

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    Jul 3 2013: I understand the possibility of "superweeds." Has anybody here heard of kudzu? It's a superweed that's not even genetically engineered.

    I understand the fact that Monsanto patents its seeds and that cuts out poor farmers. We will have to fix that with the political process and make sure gene patents expire like drug patents or any other intellectual property.

    We should continue genetically modified foods, for sure. The animus toward GMO food is mostly a luxury of fat white people. There are 7 billion people on this planet and each and every one of them would like to eat three meals a day. Every day. Food production is falling behind. It would be helpful if more people were vegetarians. It would be helpful if free birth control was available world wide. But those things require cultural shifts we may not have the time to wait for.
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      Jul 29 2013: Susan, there is no way to control the spread of GMO once it has entered the environment, meaning people that don't want to grow or eat GMO products don't even a say in the matter. GMO's are pollinated by other plants and pollinate other plants in return. They spread into the wild. They continue to evolve in new and unexpected ways.

      The problem most people have with GMOs is that they were nowhere and now suddenly they are everywhere and yet we still know next to nothing about how this science really works in the real world. And there is no 'redo' button. It puts at huge risk if a certain type of crop becomes entirely one type of GMO and then suddenly that crop has no resistance to a superbug or superweed and there goes the food countless people needed to eat in order to survive.

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