May 10, 2001    





Do you think genetically modified foods are safe for you and the environment?

For years we've be eating foods that are fertlized with dung. I'll take the chemicals.

Alias Irrelevante

Most foods are genetically modified, and have been since breeders selected the calves of high milk-producing cows or propagated high-yield wheats. They are nothing new.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

In general, yes, I do think they are safe; especially when seen relative to the effects of cars, pesticides, fertilizers on the environment. I recently read the book Genome. I learned a lot from it and changed my mind  on many issues surrounding genetically modified plants and animals and gene therapy for humans.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I worry far more about genetically modified foods for children and pregnant women than I do for adults. For myself, I worry not at all.

Jill, 60

I don't really know too much about genetically modified foods.

etoile, 20

I think they are probably alright. I don't really have much of an opinion either way. I'd probably eat em.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Depends how they're modified, I guess. But I don't see what's wrong with natural food. Not that any food we eat really is all that natural anymore--agriculture changes species.

Karen, 21

maybe I'm too bionically brainwashed to give a... "ooh i am sorry we have been injecting the livestock you eat with anti biotics for years" thanks for telling me. who makes these decisions, no it is not good, meat eaters and vegetarians alike, we probably all have a non existant immune system, so along as no one ever sneezes ever again we might just make it, yeah right.


i don't know and as long as it's controlled, i really don't care

Katie, 25

I have no idea. Maybe our children will be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.Who knows?

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

The media gives a pretty biased view, so I can't really say. I'm fully aware that, whenever I eat something, it's likely to have some form of GM ingredient. I'm slightly uncomfortable with it to be honest.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "Genetically Modified."]

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

I have mixed feelings. I suppose corn that is genetically-modified to produce an insecticide is better than spraying tons of chemicals on fields. But what are the long term effects for both humans and the   environment? Natural genetics of cross pollenation and cross breeding have taken many years. What happens when the timeline of this process is compressed in to a couple of years? Overall, I'd probably would (and most likely do) each such foods on a regular basis.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I know I should be worried, but I just can't be bothered.  Too abstract an issue for me, I guess - and, also, I'm too much aware of how much of the environmental harm done in the past has become cherished cityscape of today - I mean - take highways in the night, for example.. beautiful ;-)

no-itsme, 29

I think if they are well supervised and regulated they can be a very positive addition to a world that is on the brink of overpopulation.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I think there is a risk in anything, nothing is entirely safe.

Genetically modified foods however are absoulutly safe because they come from the Safe Dimension, grown in the universe of truth, galaxy of trust, on the planet of love.

Jami, 27
, MA   USA

No way. Sciencists seem to have yet to learn how easy it is to screw up the enviroment.

Jonathan, 19
, NC   USA

There are two sides to this...on the one hand, no one can say what will happen with GM food ionce it's set free to the environment, like maybe it affects other plants, animals, insects, etc., causing lots of trouble...on the other hand, mutations, even strong ones, happen naturally every day in the nature, and it's not really a threat, so one has to wonder if GM palnts would it more dangerous if it's done on purpose, with full genes of other organisms? Idon't know.

And because I don't knw I'd prefer not rising the risk any more than we need it. We can go without GM food and test it thoroughly before doing anything irrevocable.

Holger, 21

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