Even though I live in NW Indiana, all we really get are the Chicago stations, and trust me, I know what Tim is talking about! I know I should worry more about what I eat, and I do try to eat whole foods that are organic, but it can't always happen. Hey, we all have to go sometime, and I'm enjoying myself while I'm here (I can't stand seeing calorie counts on menus, how can I enjoy it?).
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What concerns me about GMO's is not necessarily how they are bred. I'm not a biologist and only know very basic genetics so I'll leave that to the experts to discuss although I personally would prefer not to buy GMO's that have been hybridized in the lab. It is what they are bred for that is my main concern. In particular the GMO varieties that have been bred to withstand spraying with Roundup. I want to be able to avoid Roundup in my food. I don't even want to buy meat, eggs or dairy from animals that have been fed soy or corn that has Roundup in it. I don't want to support companies like Monsanto with my food dollars because they control so much of the seed market world-wide. I don't think it's a good thing to be able to patent seed but I can't change that. What I can change IF I GET THE INFORMATON as a consumer is what I buy.
As far as how you define selling produce commercially I would say "commercially" means with the intent to make a profit. By that definition we have dozens of sellers of all kinds of fruit and veggies locally that are not hybrids.
Two things 1) he's a Chicago politician from the Richard Daley machine. You expect ... what? We're still in Afghanistan. I seem to remember we were going to end that war too.
2) All food are GMO in one way or another. It's just that the process used to take many years and we called it hybridization. Corn, even "non-GMO" corn, is a man-made product developed from maize. Your dog (OK not food ... or maybe ... no, no, definitely not food) is a man-made GMO descended from wolves. All varieties of Apples sold commercially are hybrids.
Time was (and I am old enough to remember, the laboratory wasn't a white room with people in white room suits using test tubes and microscopes. They were 1000 acre field where crops were cross bred to become disease and insect resistant.
OK, animal genes weren't being splicd into tomatoes (a rare experiment that never made it out of the lab), I'll give you that. But for the most part, GMO in laboratory is producing the same results as GMO in the field. Just faster.
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