By Larry Dignan
Posting in Food
At a talk in front of students at University of California at Berkeley, the Microsoft chairman and philanthropist is quizzed about his views on genetically modified food.
At a talk in front of students at University of California at Berkeley, the Microsoft chairman and philanthropist is quizzed about his views on genetically modified food. Gates recommended the book "Tomorrow's Table" by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, and believes that improving resistance to drought with new seeds is important to feeding people in developing countries.
Apr 19, 2010
I am very disappointed in Bill Gates. He obviously does not understand the effects of GMO crops on human health. The following are the facts: GM could create foods that are toxic, allergenic and less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts GM crops could damage vulnerable wild plant and animal populations and harm biodiversity GM plants cannot be recalled, but as living organisms will multiply, passing any damaging traits from generation to generation GM crops could cause irreversible changes to our food supply, with serious effects on the environment and human and animal health.
Ahh... now I see! It's a video. Alas, I have only dial-up available to me in rural Qu?bec Canada. You see, we are part of the "third world" here. Perhaps the "fourth world". Welcome to Qu?bec, thechnophiles! Bell Canada and their groovy "fibe" have a monopoly in rural areas, and have forbidden the government of Qu?bec to lay any more fiber here. I am lucky if I can draw 37KBs with this shitty Bell Canada service. Nationalize them! Like the Qu?bec gov. (the PEOPLE) did with the electricity 50 years ago! In the meantime I am stuck with http://fibe.tk (Sorry, Google- I hope the http// doesn't upset you)
I'd like to read this ZDNET article, but all I get is posts from users/losers. WtF? Where is the article? What do I have to click on in the myriad buncha blinking ads in ZDNET?
I recently spent a week on holiday with my B.Sc. Ph.D. scientist brother (prof. emeritus ANU) who asserts: :"We have the the technology and the know-how to fix all the worlds problems .. but we also know the politicians and bureaucrats will not do it" He and colleagues have designed a house energy star rating 8.7, water independent, electricity independent, extra building costs take only two years to recover. Polletitions, - not interested. Developers, - not interested. . We must curb population growth, and as quickly as possible,. to do this requires a revamp of our economy as the current system demands "growth" leading to inflation, followed by bust (Tomorrow we must fell 10% more trees to cover the cost of the 100 we fell today) Our planet has finite recourses , studies show we need another four planets like ours to lift just China and India to a western rates of consumption ( I have purposely omitted to use the term "standard of living") http://www.panda.org/wwf_news/news/?uNewsID=148922 ?We are acting ecologically in the same way as financial institutions have been behaving economically - seeking immediate gratification without due regard for the consequences,? said ZSL co-editor Jonathan Loh. ?The consequences of a global ecological crisis are even graver than the current economic meltdown.? ?If humanity has the will, it has the ways to live within the means of the planet, but we must recognize that the ecological credit crunch will require even bolder action than that now being mustered for the financial crisis? Mr Leape said. I say that to go on our merry unrestrained, unsustainable growth path is just madness . Michael
I met bill gates years ago when I worked at Structured Systems Group in Oakland.... I'm not at all surprised he has views to express on genetically modified crops. I'm also sure they are both well expressed and well thought out before expressed. Haven't studied it enough myself so I am not really qualified to speak on it yet. Just felt I had to comment on what I thought....