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    Greenpeace commissioned Moscow-based BBDO Russia for a series of ads to raise awareness about genetically-modified organisms. The text in the ad, cropped out of the above image, says, "The DNA of genetically modified plants may contain the genes of insects, animals or even viruses. These products may potentially cause harm to your health. Look for the 'GMO-free' sign on the package."


    Link.

    This my favorite picture, out of the three. It is wrong to ask where I can get that as a pet?
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    Nicely done ads, but I'm not 100% on the message. As some of the comments on the link say - very vague and some GM crops are perfectly fine.
    A carrot scorpion would be great though...
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    I'm really amused by the ads.
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    Clever ads, absolutely terrible message.

    Norman Borlaug (Nobel Prize winner, agronomist, genius) states it clearly.

    "Some of the environmental lobbyists of the Western nations are the salt of the earth, but many of them are elitists. They've never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, they'd be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things"


    This is a guy who, if you look at his work, has saved upwards of a billion people from starvation because of his work.
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    Clever ads, absolutely terrible message.

    Agreed.
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    Now why don't I know quotes like that?
    I was treading carefully there Spiral :)
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    My Doc says I need to knock down my cholesterol and just this morning, I was listening to an NPR piece ("ELITIST!") on the rising costs of food. Interestingly enough, Green Energy farming is partly to blame, but so is the meat industry.

    I type this as I'm about to drive 15 minutes to the Chipotle next to my comic shop.
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      CommentAuthorRabbit
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    It seems their angle is 'people think insects are gross! We'll make their food look like bugs so they'll be grossed out over GMOs!' Which is a tactic that will probably work if people don't get up and look into the issue themselves. It's clever, but definitely not the whole picture.

    Excellent quotage, orwellseyes.
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    @synthsapien

    Now why don't I know quotes like that?
    Yes, me too.

    I was treading carefully there Spiral :)
    N/p - I'm actually waiting for someone to chime in and AGREE with their opinion. Not to argue stupidly, but to have a discussion of the topic at hand. We are in the future, whether people want us to be here or not. This is not going away.

    And don't worry about treading carefully, I don't control the robotic arse eels in anyway, even if I did give them to Warren.
    (nor do I want the arse eels - it's bad enough to get crickets for my lizard. Can you imagine going to the store and ordering up human arse to feed them?)
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    I'm already a Vegetarian, so I don't have to worry about eating genetically modified animals, and will eventually go straight Vegan one of these days (only thing holding me back is Indian cuisine). If I had more money, I'd buying exclusively organics, too, and local produce when I can. I live in Michigan, so only the summer months provide a good variety at the farmers' markets.
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    Speaking solely on the art; These are wonderful. The juxtaposition on shapes do wonders...

    Speaking about the message; I guess they figure if they over-hype the message, the dabate will end in the middle ground, perhaps?

    Maybe this is what they should have gone for...
    Alien
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    Anti-GM crusaders convinced African nations to turn down donated GM food.

    And how many of these high-minded folks have "Save Darfur" bumper stickers on their Priuses?
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    I occasionally get accosted by "Frankenstein food" folks, and I love to pull this on them:
    "You like corn, right?"
    "Yeah!"
    "You like apples? Bananas? Lettuce?"
    "Yeah!"
    "Those are all genetically modified foods - those foods you see even in the Certified Organic fields never existed had it not been for humankind tinkering with them."

    And then I hand them a pamphlet on Being a Breatharian....
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    Science fear agrivates me; notice they have no research models to back up claims - its simply churning the same fears the religious right does from the opposite direction.


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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    It's easy to deny food that may (read: MAY) have health risks when you have to option to choose something healthier. When it comes down to eating something that may be unhealthy compared to dying slowly and painfully? The decision is kind of made up for you.

    This is my disillusion toward the modern environmental movement. There's all this idealistic chest puffing, but no pragmatic solutions to the problems they put forth. So GMOs are largely untested (which is actually untrue, these things are thoroughly tested by several government agencies) and may pose health risks. OH NOES BETTER BAN THEM QUICK! Doesn't it matter that, despite unknown side effects, these crops can yeild enough to feed people that simply don't eat because they don't have the resources? Or give them the ability to grow these things in an environment that's been too dry or hot or over used to grow crops in years?

    Ranting. Frustrating. Every time I get in an argument about this with someone, they always defer every point I make to another problem that this brings up. "Won't it feed hungry people all over the world?" "Yeah, but cross-pollination will ruin other farmer's crops!" "Um...what?"
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    I'm sorry. Those ads make me want to eat plants.
    GNOMGNOM.
    They appeal to my inner carnivore.
    I LOVE the veggie-alien!

    (Than again I've eaten baby cow brains, and found them delicious, so I don't count).
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    @tedcroland

    Yes exactly.It is so often baseless fears generated from a distrust of science and a fear of "Them!" or Killer Tomatoes. Actual people starving...not important compared to fear.

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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008 edited
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    Okay, well once we start talking about feeding African children, of course the environmentalists are going to look like tremendous douche bags. If people are starving and GMOs are the only way to effectively feed them, then sure. Go nuts. (If they'll even eat that shit) There's something to be said for starving people refusing to eat food because they are afraid of it.

    There ARE problems with GMOs: First, the health risks of GMO’s are unknown and there is no way to really test for their long term impacts on humans. We are in the midst of a huge experiment, which most people will not be able to avoid because they don’t even know it is going on.There HAVE BEEN examples of health impacts from use of GMOs: In Japan, a bacterium modified to synthesize amino acids, did a wonderful job of pumping out the amino acids, but it also made a new one not found in nature. The new amino acid, in a food supplement powder caused some deaths and a lot of irreversible mental and metabolic damage to hundreds of people until the product was recalled. Japan does not want GMO food. Australia does not want GMO food. Africa does not want GMO food.

    Beyond the direct risk associated with consuming GMOs, there is a risk of contamination of the existing varieties of seed with GMO genetic material. This is more like a certainty than a risk. If you grow your canola or corn across the road from a GMO field, the pollen from the GMOs blows across and your field is also GMO. In Ontario it is now virtually impossible to grow non-GMO corn. So much of the corn crop is GMO that anyone attempting to grown corn that does not carry the GMO traits will without exception, have their crop contaminated. There is no way for them to provide corn to market that can be certified as being free of GMOs. A great concern right now is that the seed banks for corn, mostly in Mexico have now been found to be badly contaminated with GMO's. This is serious because each mother strain has unique characteristics in terms of how it handles drought, insects and fungus infection. If the diversity of the mother strains is destroyed by one or two GMO varieties, the genetic diversity we have with which to breed new varieties of corn to withstand new pests and conditions is reduced.The loss of this diversity would be a disaster for the human race.

    The traits being bred into food plants will escape to non-target species. Ten percent already have (that we are aware of) and more are likely to. The most famous example of this is the milkweed that was cross pollinated by a Bt corn and became toxic to Monarch Butterflies. Milkweed is the main food of these endangered butterflies. Many of them died.

    And that's not even getting started on Terminator seeds.

    I fail to see the necessity for GMOs?

    EDIT: I should mention I think the ads are stupid. But what do you expect from Greenpeace?
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008 edited
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    And yes, it's ridiculous to say "Oh, the people are starving, but what about my poor Canadian organic farmer friends?" But I think it's also incredibly myopic to be gung-ho pro GMO. What I want to hear from you guys is why you want the GM products in the first place? I think if it can be avoided (and I don't see why it can't be), it should be. It is not a sustainable way to feed ourselves.

    EDIT: I mean, I read that Times of India article posted earlier and it basically says environmentalists killed hundreds of people. I mean, I'll eat GMO products in 10 years when there's nothing else, but I would much rather eat real food. Given the choice between GMO and starving to death, I'll take the GMOs, and I don't think it's fair to blame "the environmentalists" when people say they would rather starve than eat the chemically "enhanced" stuff.
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      CommentAuthorDebbieM
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    We don't need GMOs to feed starving people. That's just a line we're being fed (sorry) to make us feel guilty about our concerns. There's enough food being produced in the world now to feed everybody. We don't have a food problem; we have a food DISTRIBUTION problem. People are starving and we're slapping food on our skin, and adding it to our washing up liquids....

    And scorpions are arachnids, not insects :D.

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