Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson Sells his Soul

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he feels selective breeding is the same as gene splicing...

Digital Rendering by Christine Rossi Art ©2012

And the counter arguments....

In the Secret History of Lead, Jamie Lincoln Kitman remarks:
“The leaded gas adventurers have profitably polluted the world on a grand scale and, in the process, have provided a model for the asbestos, tobacco, pesticide and nuclear power industries, and other twentieth-century corporate bad actors, for evading clear evidence that their products are harmful by hiding behind the mantle of scientific uncertainty.”  
GMOs are man-made life forms created to do things that are otherwise not permitted in nature. Under the laws of nature, no organisms including microbes, plants, or animals are allowed to generate offspring outside of their own species. In effect, no species can breed with any other species to reproduce a fertile offspring of either species. For instance, a microbe cannot breed with a cow to generate a calf, or the other way round. GMOs are not the same as hybrids. For instance, horse and donkey are closely related species. Mule is a hybrid offspring of a female horse and a male donkey. Occasionally, a female mule may produce an offspring, but never a genetically distinct mule, horse or donkey.In this sense of the word, GMOs are not the same as hybrids. GMOs are created by inserting a gene of interest from a certain species into a completely unrelated species. In doing so, the recipient species is fooled into adopting the functional characteristics of the donor species. For instance, by inserting the human insulin gene into E. coli bacteria, one can get this E. coli to secrete typically human insulin. The same can be done for other products, such as Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH).

The most commonly known GMOs are seeds that are claimed to enhance food and agricultural yields under cover of certain herbicides and pesticides, such as Glyphosate, Bt-toxin, etc. The fact is that GMO crops, such as canola, corn, cotton, soy etc., cannot thrive without the aid of such herbicides/pesticides. Therefore, the public health risk of cultivating and eating such crops is attributed to not only the GMOs, but also the attendant herbicides and pesticides.

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May be he should stick to AstroPhysics!

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