My point was simply that this pesticide had been tested. Presumably, "long term" tested. Presumably by competent scientists as well. Despite what I presume to be thorough and honest research into the effects of this pesticide it looked like it could be a culprit in CCD. At the very least, it seemed reasonable to researchers that it could be the culprit. Reinforcing the notion that even our best efforts at testing fail at times. With a pesticide you just stop selling it and start mitigating the damage. With a fertile GMO plant, especially ones that we may have engineered to outcompete their ancestors by being drought or disease resistant, they may become invasive. There may be gene flow to similar plants near by. If an unintended consequence arises, we can stop selling the seed but that doesn't stop the spread of the plant or escalation of the newly discovered damage. The crops are in the wild and you have to mitigate that somehow. And given our track record with noxious weeds and invasive species I don't have a lot of hope that we can contain a GMO crop. So I asked about the protocol for containment.
I'm not an alarmist but plenty of pharmaceuticals have been studied only later to be pulled from the market. New studies show that early screening for cancer is actually harmful in some cancers and there's a bit of a fight over mammograms because of this. Medicine seems to be the most visible field with reversals but it happens in other fields as well. Suggesting the regulatory framework and the standard set of tests isn't quite adequate in regards to the testing it requires.
Extrapolating to other fields... It seems prudent to question if long term studies are long enough. If the breadth of the study is broad enough. If the environment or system something resides within is understood thoroughly enough. I'm not the expert in the field. But I am always skeptical whether it is Big Pharma with a new wonder drug or LHC's discovery of the Higgs-Boson. However, when something could be harmful and it is self-propagating I think that warrants a higher level of scrutiny and caution.
I always try to provide links/references when making a point. I also try to read the links provided. However, your link will have to wait I haven't gotten much done at work today.
Eat local, eat organic, but don't be an asshole, like GMOInside.
BTW, I came across this the other day (while looking for a hut shoe level) -
- University of Massachusetts AmherstBotany, 1974 - 1978
- University of Massachusetts BostonBiology
- Massachusetts College of ArtCeramics, pottery
- Massachusetts Horticultural SocietyLichenology
- Lawrence High SchoolFalmouth, MA
- Immaculate Heart of Mary SchoolIndianapolis, IN
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesPrincipal Scientist, present
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteDirector, Molecular Biology Core Facilities, present
- ✔ Harvard Medical SchoolPrincipal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, present
- ✔ Paul T Morrison Biotechnology ConsultantsPresident, present
- ✔ Harvard UniversityDirector, Molecular Biology and Genomics Core Facility, present
- ✔ Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteAssociate Director Blais Proteomics Center, present
- •Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, •Grain Mill of Falmouth •Cap'n Kidd of Woods Hole,•Otis Air Force Base, Falmouth, •Sheraton Hotel of Falmouth, etc.•Dishwasher •freight car unloader •cashier •gopher •lab rat •nail puller •painter (of wood) •weed puller •catheter changer •electrode maker •electron microscopist •etc, 1972 - 1980
- ✔ = denotes a current verified position
Just Google "MBCF"
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