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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20300910.htm

Scientists have found a way to genetically alter the cotton plant so that the cotton seeds do not produce the toxin that makes them inedible. They are proposing that this cotton seed be used to feed half a billion people worldwide.
There is no mention, however, that cotton is the single most highly pesticided and fertilized crop in the world, and !

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Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides -- more than 10% of the world's pesticides and nearly 25% of the world's insecticides.

Cotton growers typically use many of the most hazardous pesticides on the market including aldicarb, phorate, methamidophos and endosulfan. Cotton pesticides are often broad spectrum organophosphates--pesticides originally developed as toxic nerve agents during World War II--and carbamate pesticides.
http://www.panna.org/resources/docum...Cotton.dv.html

5 of the top twn chemicals used on cotton in the state of California are known to the FDA to be dangerous cancer-causing carcinogens.

And they want to FEED this to people?!
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There is already enough food to feed everyone. They need to work on distribution of the food, not creating 'new' foods.
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Kind of reminds me of that movie "Yes Men" who decided to use human feces and recycle it into edible hamburgers.
 

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Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies View Post
There is already enough food to feed everyone. They need to work on distribution of the food, not creating 'new' foods.
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This was my first thought, as well. Why genetically modify when we can feed people from what we already produce?
 

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FYI peanuts are grown in rotation with cotton. So, all of that stuff that stays in the soil then goes into conventional peanut butter. Also, lots of times cottonseed oil is used for deep frying, I see it in potato chips but also some restaurants use it. It's a byproduct, and is grown with the same regulations as cotton grown for fiber. Again, anything that gets concentrated in the oil is going into food.
 
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