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First, the Bad News

HuffingPaintPost Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:48 PM
I'll help you out: MTBE tastes bad when it gets in the water. Really bad. The WHO performed a study that found it noncarcinogenic in concentrations much higher than those needed to taste it. So if it gets into the groundwater-- and having gasoline leaking into the ground is a pretty bad thing even when MTBE isn't in it-- it needs to be broken down by either bacteria or activated charcoal. When it comes to dangerous chemicals, MTBE doesn't even show up on my radar. You know what we use to replace MTBE? Ethanol. Do you think maybe we can only produce enough grain to meet our ethanol needs through GMO? We're stuck with it.
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...