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First, the Bad News

Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:25 PM
Absolutely right. Now that we we are applying scientific knowledge, things move a little faster. But the process is essentially the same. Only a Luddite would be against improving the lives of people by using the latest technology.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:07 PM
Pardon my horrid typing. That should be "foraging for roots and berries"
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 3:07 PM
Well, the extreme environmental types would like to see us all living in caves and foraginf for roots ana berries. Their solution to increased energy and food demand is to reduce usage, but that can only go so far. I agree with energy efficiency, since I was taught to be frugal and not waste anything, but I'm not going to give up progress and make myself uncomfortable by shivering all winter and sweltering all summer, for example.
We in the media rarely lie to you.

But that leaves plenty of room to take things wildly out of context.

That's where most big scare stories come from, like recent headlines about GM foods. GM means "genetically modified," which means scientists add genes, altering the plant's DNA, in this case to make the crop resistant to pests.

Last week, Poland joined seven other European countries in banning cultivation of GM foods.

The politicians acted because headlines screamed about how GM foods caused huge tumors in rats. The pictures of the rats are scary. Some have tumors the size of tennis...