Genetically altered food is far from new

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Large segments of societies seek causes to bring relevance to their lives, many for good but an over abundance promoting a personal bias or manufactured causes by manipulators.

A reading of Initiative 522 smacks of overreach lacking research, historical knowledge and dramatic dwindling of wisdom in America.

Americans plus many others have eaten genetically altered foods since the late 1800s.

Check out Luther Burbank in Wikipedia for details

Here is a short extraction:

“Luther Burbank (1849—1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank’s varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.

“Burbank’s most successful strains and varieties include the Shasta daisy, the Fire poppy, the July Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming Gold nectarine, the Wickson plum, the Freestone peach, and the white blackberry. A natural genetic variant of the Burbank potato with russet-colored skin later became known as the Russet Burbank potato. This large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato has become the world’s predominant potato in food processing.”

The whole world eating genetically modified food. Gasp!

Aimless well-meaning folks whose motivation is an urge to do something big, something clean, something wholesome and gratifying — go wash an elephant.

Follow that by voting against I-522

William L. Kelly

Walla Walla

Comments

Florencev 6 months ago

This whole experience has been pretty uncomfortable. The fact that I have to pay to leave a comment regarding Mr. Kelly's bombastic letter is pretty odd. I'm not sure how Mr. Kelly can be so ill informed. Surely he must know that farmers have been genetically modifying plants and animals for thousands of years. They also call it hybridizing, where they take plants that might naturally cross breed.

What they aren't doing however is going into a laboratory and taking the genes from a completely different species, often viruses, bacteria, bugs or animals and forcing them at gun point into the DNA of another species. They have to do it this way because it would never occur in nature.

I want to know if I'm eating this technology because there have been NO human studies, only 90 day animal trials. That's not enough research for me to feel comfortable with any new patented technology and I don't like the way the chemical companies (& their friends) that make the seeds are putting $17+ million into the NO side of this debate.

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jubilado 6 months ago

You need to go back to biology class. What Luther Burbank did was cross breeding, like Gregor Mendel before him, not GMO's.

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