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Genetically modified crops - February issue

Alan Gould alan at agolincs.demon.co.uk
Tue Feb 2 05:20:38 EST 1999

In article <36B6B46F.63C5 at Talk21.Greenweed.com>, Karen Mountford
<Karen.Mountford at Talk21.Greenweed.com> writes
>I hope this doesn't sound like gibberish?  My genetics degree was rather
>a long time ago.  I am not against genetic engineering on principle as I
>think it will prove a great boon,  but I am very concerned about the
>work to put herbicide resistance into crop plants for example, though
>maybe given the way we are going they will be the only living things
>left before long. 

No, not gibberish at all, I found your description very helpful and
informative. The only F1 seed Joan and I have used with any regularity
is for cucumbers, to ensure the 'all female' factor. We have tried
growing F1 cabbage and lettuce and they do what they claim, but they did
not seem to be justified for our kind growing. Commercial growers could
benefit from their use if they follow the necessary horticultural
practices. Recreational gardeners would only benefit from F1 for
specialised purposes like showing etc.

The herbicide resistance you mention is part of the genetic modification
programme now being pushed by the agri-chemical industry. It is not
entirely new to agriculture, especially in cereals, but the present
intentions for GMOs seems to be going much further into the unknown.
Alan and Joan Gould, North Lincs.
<alan at agolincs.demon.co.uk>

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