Message Number: YG4468 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Christopher
Date: 2001-06-10 08:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bob C: A MAD Look At Genetically Altered Foods

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., RRC <rrc961@m...> wrote:
> countries. If you think the threat of ecosystem disaster is bad,
imagine the consequences of a transgenic bacterial disease which only
kills people with specific genetic sequences. Now, THAT is scary AND
entirely possible. Allowing my ferrets to eat transgenic meat is
hardly a risk.
> Bob C

Yowch.. we just left the realm of sci-fi and entered that of horror.
I never really stopped to consider a transgenic agent that was
targetable to a specific genetic marker being targeted to take out a
race with such efficiency it would make Hitler seem a fumbling school
boy. Now there's a horror flick for you.

We've gone a ways off topic and Sukie's going to smack me.. but that
is a scary thought. Ultimately the debate is mute, unless one wants
to grow their own food in a plastic bubble. I imagine everything from
potato chips to sliced bread has been or will be affected. Mr. "I'm
not going to use canola oil" just opened his kitchen cabinet and the
first two things to catch his eye... Pam cooking spray... you guessed
it, canola oil. Peter Pan Pnut Butter, specifically chosen because it
has in great big letters.. no salt or sugar added and I give it to
the ferts and the macaw.... turn to the ingredients.. peanuts,
partially hydrogenated vegatable oils (cotton seed and rapeseed.
Peanut butter is one of the ferret treats I give the most frequently.
Corn meal, no disclosure there but anything corn or wheat is suspect.
In the end I guess the issue isn't whether it's safe or not, but
whether or not geneticly altered foods can even be avoided. As Sukie
pointed out, there's very little disclosure on food packaging in the
first place.