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GM Spuds back in the news.


 
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Greengage
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:43 pm    Post subject: GM Spuds back in the news. Reply with quote

thought some of you might have missed this, I know from experience here this will get the thumbs down but ill draw your attention to it anyway.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26189722
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given that the gene involved was taken from another variety of spud, I'm considerably less worried about this than other applications of GM technology. The gene is already a potato gene, from a very old wild potato. It's not from a fish or a cabbage. Given that we essentially clone potatoes, it's extremely unlikely to cross pollinate others crops through accident or neglect. The plant has not been designed to encourage chemical inputs. If it works, I'd say that the saving on energy (basically fossil fuels) that would've been used developing a viable strain through conventional breeding may be justified. The EU validating GM maize though, that's another story altogether.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

see how they are softening our attitude, we will all sell out eventually.
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