Transferring genes from one species to another is neither unnatural nor dangerous

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What if I don't *want* weird-arse genes transferred to my wheat crop, but my neighbour insists on polluting the neighbourhood with pollen containing his weird-arse genes he got from Monsanto - is that fair?

By Vince Whirlwind (not verified) on 13 Jun 2012 #permalink

Note to recent commenters. These are Chinese crops. Bt is a pesticide approved for organic production. All criticisms of this study are welcome but it would be most meaningful if you specifically critique the science in the study.Please read the study, or at least the abstract. If you dont agree with the methodology or the conclusions of the study that point to clear benefits of BT cotton to the sustainability of agricultural systems in these regions of china, why or why not?

To Vince:
Yes, its fair.

ok I read the article, I seem to have missed the part about chinese crops. The only point the author seems to make is that farmers (non scientists) by using selective breeding were able to improve corn.

Ergo then we the hapless unwashed should be unconcerned with biotech because it is natural and after all bacteria transfer dna via plasmids so why worry, be happy.

the link title is absurd.

The headline is a bit broad. Has this hypothesis been proven for every species on Earth?

Why not just say, "Chlorine is neither unnatural nor dangerous. Occurs in Organic Sea Salt!"


By Douglas Watts (not verified) on 18 Jun 2012 #permalink