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Old 11-09-2017, 11:02 AM   #51 (permalink)
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"Growing rice emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas — to the tune of 25 million to 100 million metric tons of methane every year"
"When rice paddies are flooded, methane-producing bacteria thrive on the carbohydrates secreted by rice roots in the oxygen-free soils."
A new type of GMO rice seems to produce less than 10% as much methane--but GMOs are evil!
GMO rice could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, study says - LA Times

Ecky gave the statistic that cows produce 70 - 120kg of methane per year. There are 1.5 Billion cows, so 10.5 - 180 metric tons of methane--roughly as much as rice paddies.


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Old 11-12-2017, 09:10 AM   #52 (permalink)
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I'm not 100% favorable to GMOs due to the "terminator" gene that prevents farmers from growing their own seeds, and the polen of transgenic plants with that gene eventually contaminates a conventional plantation. Other than that, I'm actually more favorable than disfavorable to them.
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Typically, inhumane corporations take a promising tech like GMOs and use it first to create pesticide resistance and spread it through the plant populations.
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And that's the root of anti-GMO sentiment. GMO can be great, but the people who care more about monetizing a product than anything else are despicable.
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For me, the only matter of concern is the contamination of non-transgenic crops with the genetically-modified pollen, which may render local farmers unable to grow their own seeds and then having to source them from a few companies. From a food safety standpoint, it's very dangerous to eliminate the gene pool of traditional varieties of certain crops (especially corn) that have been around for a long time.
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Even if the trait doesn't jump species, increased pesticide resistance enables increased pesticide use. On food.
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No problem! Just genetically modify children to be pesticide resistant!
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Better to GMO the pests. That's what they're doing with mosquitoes:

https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=GMO+mosquito
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We already have superweeds, that have quickly evolved to resist herbicides.
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