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First, the Bad News

Leia2000 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:23 AM
Stossel, I agree with you mostly. But on GMO foods you have no clue. Why do you think everyone is so sick? Why do we have this flu epidemic? Well, a lot of reasons, but mostly because people eat crappy, GMO food. If people ate real, organic food, or even just food not filled up with chemicals we could solve our sick care crisis.
Illbay Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM
Because of the 0.05% of GM foods on the market?

People like you oughta be locked up for your own safety. And please, do NOT handle sharp objects.
Dean197 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:50 AM
Before we had GMO food, hundreds of thousands of people died of the flu. By your reasoning, we can conclude that lack of GMO food causes people to be more susceptible of dying of flu. Like you said, there's lots of reasons we're having a bad flu season. Show a study that clearly links flu susceptibility to GMO food consumption and you've got a smoking gun. Otherwise it's just speculation fueled by your bias in favor of 'organic' food.
latebloomer Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:01 PM
And, in point of fact, current trends indicate we are not having a particularly bad flu season- merely an unusually early one.
tq Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:46 AM
Wait a minute! I was under the impression that people had the flu because of a virus. And now I find out that the pesky Spanish Flu of 1919 that killed millions worldwide was caused by GMO which weren't invented yet? Or ... were ... they? Perhaps, just perhaps, that evil giant Mansanto has also invented the time machine and has secretly transported its seed back to 1900 or earlier so as to pollute the food stream. Those evil geniuses. Mwahahaha!! I probably goes back even farther. The smallpox epidemic that killed Native Americans. The bubonic plague! Monsanto = evil. Probably run by Cheney!
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:43 AM
Leia: If you really want to know why the country is sick and ever increasingly diabetic, look no further than the 1967 government food pyramid. The government started us eating a bunch of low nutrition high carb garbage that does nothing but freak out our pancreas. Our genetic heritage is that of an omnivore with the emphasis on meat. Not the other way around.
bjohnson410 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:13 AM
I don't know leia, but what research that is peer reviewed do you have stating that GMO foods aren't safe? I would like to read them because as a scientist, I haven't found any credible ones yet.
Bruce2142 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:36 AM
Good point bjohnson. I wonder how leia explains the fact that I work with four ultra liberal, Birkenstock wearing, useful idiots that "only eat organic," yet they get sick at a rate of 3.1 when compared to guys like me that eat what we feel like eating. How does that happen?
Richard31 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 1:51 AM
Absolutely correct! Going 100% organic food will definitely solve our sick care crisis.

The same way that ObamaCare (tm) does - kill off around half of the population, and you have a _lot_ less sickness.

Going full organic, for instance, means that US agriculture will only be able to support (at best) 150 million people.
Egonm206 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 1:02 AM
And you think you have a "clue" Leia ? The main reason so many modern day children are prone to sickness begins with the absence of mother's milk and lack of exposure to microorganisms.
Breast fed kids who are allowed to play outdoors are rarely sick.
GM foods have absolutely nothing to do with illness of any kind but of a culture that has developed some of the world's worst eating habits such as limited varieties of food, too much sugar and lack of exercise are to blame.
For your information, genetically modified grains go back at least 3000 years in ancient Egypt, especially wheat and it has been going on ever since.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:55 AM
And, actually, there is evidence that eating "organic" foods or those not hit with those *GASP!* horrible "chemicals" are more at risk of certain parasites and insect-related diseases that would otherwise have been addressed by the use of those *GASP!* clean chemical fertilizers or insecticides.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:50 AM
Why do YOU think "everyone" is so sick? They're not, by any stretch of the imagination. Why do we have a "flu epidemic"? Largely because society has gotten so generally healthy that it takes FAR fewer incidents of a virus (you know, those things determined by exposure, not GMO anything) to reach a "disproportionately high" number of cases.

Attempting to blame the incidence of flu on GMO foods (or pretty much anything but things that make one susceptible to viral exposire) is pure bunkum completely at odds with the actual science.
glenn183 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 12:46 AM
And that is an opinion that may or may not be valid but you seem really convinced it's true. I don't know but I doubt it's that simple. We eat an awful lot of junk with little to no GM ingredients.

BTW the world had worse flu epidemics before any of the 'good' OR 'bad' food even existed. Perhaps history is of no interest.
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...